New To Yoga

Welcome to Yoga!

Benefits of Yoga

  • physical benefits – Promotes muscle tone, flexibility, and strength while improving respiration, energy, and vitality. Helps maintain a balanced metabolism and improved cardio and circulatory health. Detoxifies the body. Relieves pain. Encourages the bodies natural ability to heal from within.
  • mental benefits – Relaxes and calms the mind. Reduces stress and the stress responses by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system – the system responsible for the body’s ability to recuperate and return to a balanced state after experiencing pain or stress. Encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance. Promotes peace and self-awareness.
  • spiritual benefits – Promotes a cohesion between mind, body, and spirit. Unites ones self with the environment and the people around us. Encourages feeling and Being at peace with ourselves.

Classes Suitable for Beginners

Most classes at Inner Strength are suitable for beginners, unless otherwise noted by an intermediate or advanced discription. For a complete list of classes and descriptions please see our Class Schedule and Class Description pages.

Yoga Etiquette

Preparing for Class

  • what to wear – comfortable clothes that are light-weight and non-restrictive to allow for movement and stretching
  • what not to wear – please do not wear perfumes, colognes, fragranced shampoos, lotions or oils in support of other students who may have allergies; please do not wear heavy jewelry to avoid distractions and disruptions for yourself and others
  • what to bring – bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and eye pillow if available; ISY will provide them if you cannot
  • when to eat – avoid eating heavy meals up to two hours before class time

Arriving at Class

  • when to arrive – first time students should arrive 10-15 minutes early to register and sign in. Return students should arrive a few minutes early to sign in, set up, and avoid the distraction of late arrival. If you must arrive late, please enter and quietly set up your mat
  • how to set up – remove your shoes and place them in the cubbies along with other personal belongings; turn off cell phones; roll out your mat being mindful of your neighbors; grab any props you need for support during your practice
  • special needs – inform the instructor of any medical conditions or injuries so they may know how best to assist you during class

During Class

  • listen to your body – honor where you are and go at your own pace; yoga is non-competitive and non-judgemental
  • remember to breathe – proper yogic breathing is to: calm the mind; increase lung capacity; bring more oxygen to the blood, organs, and brain; improve cardiovascular health and immune function; restore the nervous system; and to control the vital life energy.

After Class

  • Drink plenty of water after class to help flush toxins that are released during your practice.
  • Discuss any questions or concerns you have about your practice with your instructor.
  • Practice a minimum of 2-3 times a week for greatest results and healing benefits.