Yoga 101

We LOVE sharing the gift of yoga!  New students are always welcome to in our classes.  You do not need to join a specific session nor sign up in advance – space is always available in our spacious studio.  You need no previous knowledge of yoga nor do you need any specific equipment – mats and props are available to borrow.  

If you are new to Northern Life Yoga, please arrive 10-15 minutes early so you can register and the instructor can help get you set up with mats and props.  If you are a current student, arriving 5-10 minutes early allows you time to calmly find parking, settle in and start your practice in the best possible way.

Yoga meets you where you are – your practice is individual to you, so you are free to modify according to how your body feels each time you come to the mat.  In each pose, strive for a balance between effort and ease, tenderness and strength.

Etiquette

  • Read class descriptions carefully and take classes suitable for your level.  Level 1 classes are appropriate for beginners.  Level 2 classes for intermediates require some yoga experience. 
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes before class to set up your mat and get the appropriate props.  Please avoid being late since it is disruptive to the instructor and other students.  If you arrive late, please wait in the lobby until after meditation is complete.  The instructor will gladly find a place for you.
  • Remove your shoes before entering the studio.  You are welcome to bring personal belongings in with you.
  • Allow yourself to fully disconnect and dedicate the time to your practice – please turn your cell phone or pager off before class. 
  • For your own comfort, avoid eating for 2-3 hours prior to class (particularly vinyasa flow classes).  Also, you will find your mat less slippery if you do not use lotion or moisturizer before class.  
  • Yoga is community – however, be mindful that some students need quiet time before class to transition from their day into their practice.  Enjoy quiet conversation in the studio before class begins.
  • Be mindful of when class is about to start and refrain from talking once class begins as it is disruptive to the practice for you and others around you.  Of course, smiles and laughter are always welcome!
  • Always make sure to listen to your body and rest when you need it.  Remember, all instruction is a suggestion – take the guidance and adjust for your body; nothing is mandatory.  Rest is always an option.
  • If you need to leave class early, please inform your instructor in advance and leave before final relaxation, so it is less disruptive to other students.  Remember that meditation and relaxation are two crucial elements of your yoga practice, so try to make time to incorporate them into your schedule when possible.