I’m a beginner. Where do I start?
Private lessons are always a great choice, whether the student is a beginner or more advanced. One on one instruction is catered specifically to the client’s needs and abilities.
Gentle Yoga is also a good choice for those starting out. If your schedule makes it impossible to attend either of these, you can begin with any class, but expect to do some following along since these classes are primarily for continuing students with a little more experience. Introduce yourself to your instructor before class and let them know you're a new student: they'll keep an eye on you and give you any extra attention you might need.
To learn more about our Aerial Yoga classes, and what to expect, please visit our Aerial Yoga FAQ section.
Tips for your first class:
On your very first visit, please arrive at least 15 minutes early so that you can stop by our front desk and we can enter your information into our system. On subsequent visits, please arrive at least 5 minutes early.
Make sure to check in at the front desk before every class.
Turn off your cell phone.
Leave your shoes in the cubbies provided in the hallway and your other belongings in the cubbies in the studio.
Do not wear fragrance to class.
Wear clothing that allows you to move freely: sweat pants, leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt or tank that's not too baggy. It is best to practice barefoot.
You don’t need to bring anything, but you might want to bring a bottle of water, a towel and a yoga mat. We will have towels and mats for you to borrow and bottled water for purchase. We also sell mats if you prefer to have one of your own.
We recommend you refrain from eating for 2 hours prior to class. In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, you will likely become uncomfortable. If you are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class.
I'm Not Flexible—Can I Do Yoga?
Yes! Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to run a marathon in order to walk through your neighborhood. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. Your newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of overall well-being.
I am physically active in another sport. How will that affect yoga for me?
There are many people who practice yoga as a complement to their favorite physical activity. Yoga assists in improving flexibility and range of motion, and it strengthens large muscle groups as well as muscles infrequently used. Yoga brings awareness to the breath and encourages mental focus. Yoga is a whole body practice from the inside out. The benefits are vast and can enhance your preferred sport or activity.
How often should I do yoga?
The more yoga you do, the more positive changes you'll notice, but you can benefit from as little as one class a week. Some students practice every day. Ideally, we recommend you try to attend at least two classes a week.
What are some health benefits of a regular yoga practice?
The benefits of a regular yoga practice are numerous and include but are not limited to greater flexibility, strength and balance. Research shows that yoga helps manage and control anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, headaches, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions and diseases. What’s more, when practiced properly and under the guidance of an experienced teacher, yoga offers better back, neck, shoulder and hip health. And because the practice works more than simply your physical body, a regular yoga practice can also reduce stress, help you to be more focused and improve your sleep.
I have an ongoing problem with my back/shoulder/neck/knee, etc.
Will yoga help?
Yoga has proven therapeutic benefits when carefully applied. Speak to your instructor before class if you have an injury or other on-going physical concerns. He or she will then be able to tell you which poses to avoid and how to work around your problem areas. They may also be able to suggest particular poses you can do on your own that might help.
What other wellness programs do you offer?
We offer several Wellness programs including Wellness and Lifestyle Coaching and 21 Days to Well. We also offer Massage Therapy, Thai Bodywork and Reflexology. Click the Wellness link on the navigation bar for more information.
What if I have more questions?
Our staff at Zen Body is always eager to answer any questions you might have. The owner of Zen Body and the instructors are also available to give you more in-depth answers to all of your yoga- and health-related questions. You can drop by the front desk, call (918) 388-8799 or send your questions to: email@example.com.