We want to make coming to class for the first time super easy because, let’s be honest, trying something or somewhere new can be hard!
From start to finish, here’s a walk through of what it will be like when you come to It’s All Yoga.
Getting to class
We are located at 2405 21st Street between Broadway and X (map and directions).
Please arrive about 10 minutes early for your first class so we can show you around and you can get settled. Don’t eat a big meal within 2-3 hours of practicing (it just gets squished around).
There is a ton of free street parking on all surrounding streets, including right in front of the studio.
If there is a class before yours, people might be milling around the room or leaving.
Registration and setting up for class
When you come in the front door, there’s an entryway and bench. This is where we take off our shoes (to keep the studio floor clean). We practice yoga in bare feet, but you can keep your socks on until class starts (curious about what to wear to yoga? Click here).
Once you come through the brown drape of the entryway (which is sometimes closed to keep the cool air in or out – just come on through), you’ll be at the desk.
A friendly person will say Hi. You can tell them this is your first time to the studio. We have a quick get-to-know-you form that you can complete at the counter. The desk diva (that’s what we call them) will ask if you’d like to do the 30 days for $39 deal or a drop in (you can see all of our prices here). (If you’re enrolled in the Basics series, you’re already taken care of.)
Then you’ll get a tour – mostly we want to show you the back area where we have all kinds of props to borrow (which we’ll show you what to do with!), cubbies where you can store your things, tea and water, and a restroom.
The teacher will let you know which props to get and how to set up in the room. You’ll find yourself a spot. Some people will sit, others will lie down, and some like to chat with neighbors, and wait for class to start.
If you haven’t met the teacher already, most likely she will come introduce herself and check in with you. If you have an injury or physical consideration you’re taking care of, it can be helpful for the teacher to know.
Classes often start out sitting or lying down with a little bit of quiet time. Some teacher use soft music. This is an opportunity to check in with how you’re feeling. And even if what you’re feeling is “nervous” or “odd,” that’s ok!
The teacher will guide the group through movements and poses. If something isn’t clear or you have a question, just ask! Chances are other people are wondering about it too.
One of the foundations of Yoga is non-harming or kindness. It’s important to be aware of how your body feels during the class – if something doesn’t feel right, or is flat out painful, don’t do it. Find a position that feels better or ask the teacher to give a suggestion for something else.
Mostly, let yourself enjoy moving the body in new or unusual ways. Your muscles and joints will thank you for it.
Why we lie down at the end
The last pose of a yoga class is called Savasana or Corpse Pose (Sanskrit is the original language of yoga, and some teachers use both the Sanskrit and the English names for poses). This is a pose where we lie down for several minutes and let the body rest and integrate the practice. It’s important to be completely comfortable here, so you might want something under your head or your knees – the teacher will help you get cozy. It can be tough (foreign, at least) to lie down and rest but not sleep. It’s common to feel either fidgety or tired. Eventually, though, this will be a very welcome part of the class – some people joke that they just come for Savasana!
After Savasana, you are talked through coming back up to a seated position. The teacher might ask students to bring the hands together, palm to palm, in front of the chest. Class ends with the teacher saying “Namaste” (a traditional Sanskrit salutation, which loosely means “I acknowledge or honor you”) and bowing. Students can say “Namaste” in return and bow, though neither is required. This is not a religious thing, but is part of the tradition of Yoga.
Back out into the world
Be gentle as you get up and start moving around. People will be putting away props and gathering their things. The “afterglow” of a practice can have effects like leaving keys and shoes, so be sure to check around for your belongings.
We always have ginger or dates at the counter to snack on and it’s a good idea to drink a little extra water after a yoga class.
It’s great to notice your sleep and energy level when you begin something new like this. The effects will be different for everyone, though many people report feeling more at ease and less tired, sleeping better, and having common aches and pains disappear.