beginning steps

Starting yoga can be a daunting prospect. So many different styles, so many teachers – which one should I try? How often should I practice? Here are a few steps to help you get started:

Step 1

Do not eat 2 hours before your class and try to hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water before class. Any emptying of the gut is great (this frees space for a deeper practice to ‘feel’). Arrive 10 minutes before the class starts – to register, change and settle down/ground.

Step 2

Make your first class one of the following:

  • Yoga Basics
  • Gentle Restorative
  • Gentle Flow
  • Slow Flow

Or ask at our staff for advice. We’re here to help guide you to a practice that works for YOU.

Introduce yourself to the teacher before class begins. Let them know about any health concerns you might have and let them know this is your first class.

We provide mats and props for no extra cost for every class. All you have to do it show up in comfortable clothes you can move in.

Step 3

Ask questions before and after class to better understand the practice. Yoga can teach us much, but we all have different questions, so ask yours; it’s new to all of us.

Step 4

Practice regularly to get the best results. Once a week will feel good, but three times a week will create real change fast.

Step 5

Try a few (or all) the different styles of yoga we offer. Find the practice and teacher you feel best suits your personality and personal goals.

Written by Martia Rachman, Black Mountain Yoga Founder