Beginners

Are you new to Yoga?
Here is a list of questions that beginners often have.

Can I do yoga?

Yes, although some people may have serious physical restrictions or injuries that might make it preferable to take private lessons. Yoga is adaptable to a wide variety of levels, so don't worry if you think that you have the flexibility of an ironing board or if you think that your arms are not strong enough for handstands! At You Go Yoga we offer classes at a variety of levels, ranging from Chair Yoga, if you don't like getting up and down off the floor or prefer having the stability of a chair, to vigorous and athletic vinyasa flow classes. In our class descriptions, you will find the classes divided into categories. In addition, modifications are always offered so that you can adapt the class to your needs. There is a class that is perfect for you!

Do I need to take a Yoga Basics course before beginning?

Absolutely not! That is a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer to learn yoga in a more structured way only with beginners. Others are perfectly comfortable jumping right in and learning next to the more experienced person on the mat next to them. That choice is up to you. Yoga is NOT a competitive sport. Plus, the instructor will guide you through the poses and offer modifcations. That being said, beginners should be careful about which class they choose since some classes require more experience than others.

How do I select a yoga class?

All yoga classes are challenging in their own way. There are several considerations in finding the class that is perfect for you. First, do you have any previous experience with yoga and what are your physical abilities? If you have no previous experience with yoga or if you don't have a lot of athletic confidence, we would suggest that you start with one of the classes in the Gentler category or, if you have some confidence, with a Hatha Yoga for All class. To do the more vigorous Vinyasa classes it is important not only to be able to physically keep pace with the class but also to do the poses with the correct alignment to avoid injury. It is also important to learn the more basic poses before attempting the more complex poses that are sometimes introduced in the more advanced classes. It is usually preferable, therefore, to increase your strength and flexibility and to learn the basic poses in other classes. Second, what are your goals? Keep in mind that your goals my vary from day to day! Do you need the tranquility that comes from more slow and meditative movement or do you want to burn off energy in a vigorous class?

What do I need to bring?

Nothing. We have everything that you need at the studio. People often prefer to buy their own yoga mat, but there is no reason to make any purchase before you try it out!

What should I wear?

Wear any loose clothing that allows you to move. The clothing should not be so loose that the instructor cannot see the lines of your body in order to know if you are doing the poses correctly. Yoga is practiced barefoot. If you really get cold feet, you can purchase Yoga Sox, which are toe socks with stickies on the bottom. If you are senstive to temperature, you can also dress in layers so that you can add or remove clothing as needed.

How many times a week should I practice yoga?

To maximize the benefits of yoga, it is suggested that you practice at least two or three times per week. Unlike some forms of exercise, it is actually beneficial to do yoga EVERY DAY!

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