New To Yoga?

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 If you’re new to yoga, you’re probably curious and maybe a bit confused about your first yoga class and wondering what to expect.  The first thing to understand is that there are a variety of yoga traditions along with many different styles of yoga so it’s no wonder that it might a bit confusing.  Don’t’ worry though because after each time you come into a class you might be surprised at how comfortable you begin to feel.  Another aspect that you will notice is that each class will vary depending on the instructor, music (or lack of music), rhythm of class, etc.  That said, there are some common elements to many yoga classes.

Centering & Intention

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 We usually start off with a centering practice, such as focusing on the breath or development of awareness while in a relaxation pose or seated meditation. Some teachers might suggest that you “set an intention for your practice.” This is just a suggestion for you look inside and check in to see if there is something you might need for your class.  For instance, your intention might be to breathe with awareness throughout class; calm the nervous system;  be open to the teachings; or offer up your practice to your highest Self or God. Some instructors might even ask you to ask yourself “Why yoga..why today?”.  These first few moments are very personal and totally optional.

Warm Up

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It’s really important to warm the body! Warming up helps prevent injury, makes stretching more enjoyable, and can help burn off desires and unhelpful thoughts. So any active class you take will likely feature a decent warm up, usually involving sun salutations. Every yoga tradition usually has it’s own variation of the sun salutation but, in a nutshell, sun salutations are a short series of postures that are repeated in the same order a few times.  For the more gentle and restorative classes you might find a different warm up than the vinyasa flow movements.  And if you take our Yin Yoga which is offered at different times of the year, you DON’t want to warm up the body as it is a different style of yoga that targets joints rather than muscles.

Savasana (Final Relaxation)

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Classes can start many different ways, but yoga classes everywhere always end with of savasana (corpse pose). It is considered one of the most important poses.  All you have to do is lay down, close your eyes, slow the mind, relax the body. Savasana can help you settle your energy and absorb the benefits of your yoga practice. We like to think of it this way: each postures is similar to that of a file being downloaded into a computer.  Savasana is like hitting the ‘save’ button before you leave. It might take a while for you to learn how to close your eyes and relax in savasana, or it might come naturally – either way, when you allow yourself to relax, you are more receptive to your highest Self.

Some Tips For Your First Class

Clothing: Comfort is essential for yoga. You want comfortable clothing that moves with you and provides coverage. Yoga is done barefoot, and shoes are taken off at the door.
Water: Bring a water bottle, and make sure to drink plenty of water after your class! Doing so flushes out toxins that are released from muscles and organs during class.
Storage: Your personal items may be stored in the provided cubbies outside of the classroom. Feel free to bring valuables into the studio with you, as we are not responsible for stolen or missing items. Also, cell phones are to be off during practice.
Eating before: Eating right before class may cause discomfort, so it is suggested that you avoid eating two hours prior.
Don’t have a mat? We have an assortment of mats that you can purchase! You can also borrow a mat for those that are traveling or new to yoga and are unsure of purchasing one yet. If you happen to borrow one, we would be grateful if you cleaned the mat with our natural spray.
Can I leave my mat? You may always bring your own mat, but make sure to take it home with you, as we don’t have to storage. We have an assortment of mat bags/carriers to purchase.
When do you open? Our doors are open 15 minutes before class time. Staff is there 30 minutes prior to clean the studio, please be respectful of this before you put your mat down!
Perfume, Cologne, Lotion & Hairspray:  It’s appreciated that you not apply perfume or strong smelling lotion and deodorant before class. Please…help maintain a FRAGRANCE FREE environment.
Signing into class:  ALWAYS check in at the front desk when you get to the studio to SIGN IN.  AND, if your new to the studio make sure you fill out the NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION.
Not sure what class to take?  At Park City Yoga Studio we do a free 20 minute assessment over the phone.  Please contact us via www.parkcityyogastudio.com or call the studio at 435-655-9642