New To Yoga?
Don't worry, WE GOT YOU!
Taking a yoga class in a new space can be an intimidating experience. We offer this information in hopes that you feel a bit more comfortable as you take a leap and join us in our studio. If your question remains unanswered after reading below, SEND US A MESSAGE and we will do our best to get you everything you want to know.
I’ve never done yoga, what class should I take?
We all have to start somewhere! We recommend ‘shopping’ around. As much as we aim to keep each style consistent, every teacher will naturally have their unique way of conducting their class. Find what suits you, but remember, sometimes what we like least is what we need the most. Be mindful.
Brand new to yoga? Below are our styles listed from least physically challenging to most:
Awake + Meditate
Rest + Renew
Slow + Steady
Kinstretch® Functional Mobility
Focused + Informed
Create + Inspire
Fast + Fluid
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely.
Socks? We don’t recommend them, but that is up to you!
What should I bring?
A yoga mat (props are optional).
Water bottle. Stay hydrated!
An open mind.
Where do I register?
Spots are limited, so be sure to reserve yours HERE.
How long before class should I arrive?
You can arrive up to 15 minutes before the start time to claim your spot and settle in. Leave your phone behind, ground yourself and begin to integrate with breath in the present moment.
What if I can’t hear the instructor?
Give them a wave over to let them know. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, let them know afterwards.
Can I bring my own props?
Yes! We encourage you to bring any props necessary to make your practice comfortable and accessible for your body.
Can I drink water during class?
Of course, but put the lid back on to avoid spills.
Should I tell the instructor I am new to yoga?
It is not necessary, but if you feel you want to do so upon check in.
Is it ok to look around the room?
As a beginner it is ok to look around the room, especially if you get lost and aren’t sure what leg or hand is where, etc. It is very important that you realize other bodies cannot and will not look like yours and vise-versa. Be more concerned and mindful of how you feel rather than what others and yourself look like.
Is it ok to use the bathroom in the middle of class?
Try to use the restroom beforehand, but ya gotta go when ya gotta go.
Can I keep my phone on me?
No. Please keep your phone powered off or on silent and out of sight (silent smart watches, too). On any given day, Americans spend up to 10 hours looking at a screen. The time spent in the yoga studio is not a time for cell phone use. We all could use a moment to disconnect. Do yourself a favor and take a break. Devices bring agitating energy into the space and are highly distracting to those around you. Like a flight attendant, the instructor may come around and ask you to power off your phone and put it away. If you must be by your phone due to an impending emergency or important alert (on call doctor/midwife, sick family member, etc.) we are happy to make an exception, just let the instructor know beforehand.
Can I ask the instructor about an injury?
It is always appropriate to talk to the instructor about any existing physical conditions so they can offer you modifications and help with the use of props. If you are under a doctor’s care, please be sure to discuss taking yoga classes.
What if I’m not flexible?
You do not have to be flexible or strong to come to yoga. You can rest and take modifications provided by the instructor. You will find yourself becoming more flexible and strong with each class. Remember, change may be slow, but it’s inevitable. Baby steps.
Can I leave during class?
To keep disruptions to a minimum, please arrive on time and stay for the entire class. If there is a reason you need to leave easily, please let the instructor know in advance. It is recommended that you exit quietly before final relaxation.
Is ASCEND a hot studio?
No. Our thermostat is set no higher than 75 degrees.
Other things to know:
Upon arrival, you will check into the facility at the front desk then head upstairs.
Shoes are kept outside the door and personal belongings can be kept inside the studio.
Please power off your phone in the studio.
Yoga is so much more than a physical practice. Yoga consists of 8-limbs, the postures (asanas) are just one of the eight limbs.
You can ask the instructor any questions you may have and we will do our best to answer.
Resting, typically in child’s pose, during class is normal and ok.