New to Yoga?
Welcome. Whether it’s your very first yoga class or you are coming back to yoga after time away, we want to make your experience pleasant and rewarding. Below is some useful information. Be sure to check out the New Comer Special: 20 for 30.
- Newcomer Special: 20 for $30
- Tips for Beginners
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Mat Care and Etiquette
- Children, Teens, College Students
If it’s your first time to Shree and you live in the area, we offer an unbeatable special: 20 consecutive days of unlimited yoga for $30. We call it the 20 for $30. Use it to try appropriate level classes, different teachers and get a feel for what Shree has to offer. Click here to buy the special, or arrive 10 minutes before the first class you want to take and purchase it at the desk. We take cash or checks at the studio, credit cards through our website. Show us a copy of your receipt and we’ll issue your pass. Here is a list of classes we suggest you start with: Beginner, Slow Therapeutic, Restorative, and Level I for the active beginner. We don’t take reservations and don’t have trouble fitting everyone who comes to our classes which tend to be on the small side. Our expert teachers care about you. They will be happy to chat with you before or after class, answer questions you have about class level, your yoga practice, particular poses and so on. We love introducing people to yoga and look forward to welcoming you into the Shree Community.
Here are a few tips that will help you prepare for your first class:
• Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your class start time. We begin and end promptly. It’s nice to have a few minutes to get settled, sign in for class and relax. If you do arrive late, please wait outside the studio until the initial meditation is over and people inside begin to move. Then come in quietly and join the group.
• Please come to an appropriate level class. Beginners can feel confident in any of our Slow Therapeutic or Beginner level classes. We recommend starting in an easier class and then building up to more challenging classes.
• Please turn off cell phones, or leave them in the car.
• When you come to class, wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that won’t restrict your ability to move and bend. Exercise clothing, t-shirts, sweats, leggings or shorts are all fine.
• We do yoga barefoot on the floor. • We recommend that you don’t eat for at least one or two hours before class, or you will most likely “feel” your meal.
• We can’t take credit cards at the studio. Please bring cash or check.
• Refrain from wearing scent or fragrance of any kind as some people are allergic.
• Inform the teacher of any physical challenges or issues you might be having so he/she can help you modify the poses to best meet your needs that day.
• Shower before coming to morning classes. We share a small space together.
• Bring a yoga mat. If you don’t have a mat, you can use one of ours, or purchase your own.
• We don’t take reservations and everyone always fits, but come early to get the spot you want and fill out our brief registration sheet.
Q: How do I know if I’m doing yoga “right?”
A: There are no “right” or “wrong” poses in yoga. Rather, there is a greater or lesser degree of consciousness that each student can learn to bring to a pose. If you feel better in any way after class, you are doing it “right”. Our teachers continually walk around during class and will guide you to safer and more optimal forms of the poses.
Q: Do I need to call or make a reservation?
A: No. While we don’t take reservations, everyone fits comfortably in our smaller classes. Just show up and take class – even if it’s your first time.
Q: Is yoga supposed to hurt or be uncomfortable?
A: No. Yoga should never hurt. You will feel the sensations of your muscles stretching and working, but it should never be painful. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort during class, inform your instructor so they can help you modify or align more optimally so you are comfortable.
Q: I’m very stiff and overweight. Can I do yoga or should I wait to get in better shape?
A: Anyone, in any condition, can do yoga. It is a versatile practice. You and your teacher can modify any pose to suit your particular physical abilities. Don’t wait — yoga will help you to become more flexible and to feel better about yourself. Weight loss can be a natural off-shoot of this. One of our students lost 8 dress sizes without dieting, simply from doing yoga several times a week. There is a yoga level for everyone, regardless of physical condition. Talk to your teacher to make sure you are in an appropriate level class.
Q: How many times a week do I need to come? Is once a week enough?
A: The more often you come, the more results you will experience. However, once a week is a great place to start. For those who have scheduling constraints and cannot come more often, their weekly class often becomes a haven to carry them through the rest of the week. So, come and see what you want to do. Our different payment options offer you complete flexibility.
Q: What is the difference between hatha yoga and yoga at Shree?
A: All the various styles of yoga are in essence hatha yoga taught with different areas of emphasis. Yoga at Shree is a particular style of yoga that offers a therapeutic, heartfelt approach. It is alignment oriented to prevent injuries and one of the safest forms of yoga you can practice. In our classes, you will learn an elegant method of alignment, including energy loops and spirals and biomechanical principles. This method enhances body awareness and creates increased balance, strength, and flexibility. Our teaching methodology was originally based on the system of Anusara Yoga. While we are no longer affiliated with Anusara Inc, we still utilize the basic tenets of this system as we recognize their inherent value and efficacy.
Q: Has it been proven that yoga is good for you?
A: Yes. Western science has been studying yoga for nearly 50 years, and the research suggests numerous physical and psychological benefits from Yoga. Interestingly, there seems to be something about Yoga – vs. exercise and controlled breathing – that is particularly beneficial. For example, a recent study with heart patients showed that those who followed a stress reduction program that included many yoga practices did better than patients who exercised or did nothing. Further, preliminary studies in the United States and India suggest that yoga may be helpful for specific conditions, such as asthma, epilepsy, anxiety, stress and others.
Q: What is yoga?
A: Yoga is the oldest holistic system of personal development. It is a practical method of self-improvement, which includes the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves. Yoga consists of postures, breathing exercises and meditation. The postures stretch, tone and strengthen muscles, joints and the spine. They also stimulate internal organs, glands and nerves. The postures can liberate vast resources of trapped energy. As we practice yoga, we become increasingly aware of the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit. Many people enthusiastically attest to the increased energy and strength that yoga brings them; others love the relief from stress or their aches and pains they find through their yoga practice.
Your mat is your sacred space on which to offer your practice and spend time with yourself. Think of it as a mini temple. Wherever we offer our practice, the energy of that practice builds. Over time your mat becomes a powerhouse of yoga for you. Below are some basic tips to help you keep it clean and to increase the good vibes in your mat.
1. Avoid stepping on someone else’s mat. Please walk around or over it.
2. Keep your mat clean. PVC mats can often be washed in the machine on gentle and air-dried. Jade mats can be wiped down with a light white vinegar and water solution. A lint roller will also help remove lint from Jade mats.
3. Keep your mat fresh. From time to time our mats get worn out and no longer reflect a sacred space for our practice. Buy a new sustainable mat and donate the old one to Kula for Karma, who offer yoga free to under privileged populations. You can drop off your old mat at Shree, but please clean it first.
4. Keep your mat tidy in your car by using a mat bag or a tie of some sort. If it’s rolling around in your trunk trying to do poses without you, it will probably get somewhat disheveled.
Q: What is the best mat to buy?
A: This is a very personal preference and also depends on budget. Our favorite mat is the Jade Mat, made of biodegradable rubber. It’s dense to provide padding and sticky to provide traction for poses. It comes in fun colors, too. These mats are available for purchase at Shree. Here is a recent guide to yoga mats: http://www.reviews.com/best-yoga-mat/
A PVC mat is the most common sticky mat and easily found at many retailers. It’s inexpensive and comes in wide range of colors and patterns. It is often slippery when first bought due to factory residue from production. This can be cleaned with a light white vinegar and water solution.
Q: It’s my first time at yoga. Is it OK to use a studio loaner?
A: Sure. We always have mats you can borrow for class at no charge. They are used by many and have good traction. However, if you are thinking of making yoga part of your life, we recommended that you invest in a mat for yourself. Having your own mat also invites you to practice at home sometimes.
Om Namah Shivāya Gurave
I offer myself to the Light, the Auspicious One, who is the True Teacher within and without
Who assumes the forms of Reality, Consciousness, and Bliss
Who is never absent and always full of peace
Independent in existence, it is the vital essence of illumination.
While we don’t offer classes specifically for young people, any child 10 years or older who would like to join a responsible adult or guardian in our classes is most welcome. Teens are welcome to come on their own after a parent or guardian has signed a waiver for them.
$15 Our special rate for children and students through college level to age 25. College students please bring a valid college ID.