We love beginning yoga students and realize that starting anything new can be daunting. Remember, everyone, including teachers, starts as a beginner. We provide several classes specifically designed to introduce students to the practice of yoga and meditation.
So often, new students comment apologetically on their lack of flexibility. Contrary to popular belief, there is no flexibility requirement to practice yoga. Increased flexibility is a by-product of yoga, not a prerequisite. Too much flexibility is actually not desirable as it destabilizes joints (yoga can help with that too!). Yoga offers stress relief, increased strength and range of motion, relaxation, and enhanced flexibility, no matter what your starting point. It is an honor to be someone’s first yoga teacher. We hope to meet you soon!
Here are some ways to begin:
Fundamentals of Yoga Course
6 weeks - This course is for those totally new to yoga as well as for students with experience who wish to deepen their foundations of yoga or simply brush up their skills in a slower-paced workshop setting.
Over the six weeks, we will break down the fundamentals of a well-rounded yoga practice: asanas (physical postures) and body alignment, movement and transitions, pranayama (breathing techniques) and basic meditation. We will explore strength building, flexibility, balance, relaxation and mental focus while practicing in a relaxed and friendly group setting. Upon completion of the course, students will have the confidence to attend a variety of drop-in classes.
Price: $75. Preregistration is required. At the end of class 2, you have the option to purchase a month of unlimited practice for $30 (instead of $110) so you can practice what you learn. Your teacher will help you pick the classes which are appropriate for you.
Foundations of Meditation and Mindfulness Course
4 weeks – This is designed for non-meditators, occasional meditators or ‘once-were’ meditators. You will be guided and skillfully taught the simple skills of meditation and mindfulness practice. You will learn how to be present to each moment, finding stillness amongst the busyness of life. The course is mainstream, practical, and immediately applicable. You will be shown in simple steps how to achieve a deep sense of physical relaxation and focus, to help you achieve a more peaceful and calm state of mind. You will learn:
• How to establish and maintain a regular practice in your daily life.
• How this practice can lead to a greater sense of peace and calm.
• How to be mindful and present in what you do each day.
Drop in to any Mindful Hatha, Gentle, Fundamentals, Yoga Tune Up®, Restorative, and Therapeutic class.
These classes do not require pre-registration and are perfect for new(er) yoga students. Click here for a detailed description of the classes. Simply show up 10-15 minutes before class starts to introduce yourself to the instructor and complete a student profile.
Make an appointment with one of us for a free 15 minute consultation.
Please call 253-447-0295 or email us at email@example.com to schedule it. Ask any yoga or meditation questions you may have and find the appropriate class for you!
More interested in meditation, stress relief or pain management than yoga?
Check out our series, workshop and retreat pages for current offerings.
Schedule a private session
Get individual attention and sequences designed for your specific needs.
What to Expect in a Yoga Class
Yoga Soleil, like most yoga studios, is a shoe-free zone. Yoga is traditionally practiced in bare feet on a sticky rubber mat.
The teacher may talk to you before or during class about your physical history, experience with yoga, injuries, etc. If you would rather do this in private, our teachers will be available before class, so feel free to talk to them then. It is always advisable to let the teacher know about any physical issues you may have so that they can structure the poses to fit your needs.
A yoga pose is simply a position you take with the body. Sometimes they are called “postures.” The Sanskrit word for a yoga pose is “asana.” (AH-sah-na). Poses are designed to give the body and mind maximum benefit. Doing yoga is called “practicing,” and a yoga class is also called a “practice.” Poses range from very simple to Cirque du Soleil – but, contrary to what is featured in the media, the majority of them are attainable for most bodies.
During your practice, the teacher will lead you through a variety of yoga poses, with directions for proper alignment of the body. Depending on the teacher, he or she may also offer breathing directions, lead you through a relaxing visualization, or play music. Some teachers are very conversational, with questions and answers as part of the class; other teachers lead a more guided practice, while they walk through the class and work with each student individually as they teach. Some practices are very slow and methodical and focus on a few specific poses, while others may flow and move through more poses with less emphasis on each pose. Some classes will focus more on relaxation, while others will give you a more physical workout.
If you would like to find out more about a specific class or teacher, feel free to call the studio and ask, or send us an email. We would love to help you find a class and/or teacher that is a good fit for you.
Classes traditionally end with a rest pose, in which you lie on your back on the mat and just relax for a while. The Sanskrit term for this pose is Savasana (sha-VAH-sah-na). This pose is all about comfort and rest, so if lying on your back is not comfortable for you, let the teacher know! He or she will offer modifications.
To close class, it is traditional for the teacher to say “Namaste” and for the class to repeat it back to the teacher. “Namaste” loosely translates to mean “The light in me recognizes and bows to the light in you.” It is a way of acknowledging that we are all part of the same beautiful, united whole.
Click here to download our New Student Registration form. Bring it with you on your first visit or fill one out at the studio.