Class Basics: Yoga

Walking into yoga class for the first time can be intimidating. Before you practice yoga for the first time at Fitworks, read through this breakdown of what to expect.
Yoga is a form of relaxation exercises that combines physical actions (poses) with mental exercises to help you feel balanced and rejuvenated. While there are many styles of yoga, most modern yoga sessions are typically made up of breathing exercises, meditation and assuming postures. There are varied benefits to practicing yoga:

  • Improved posture

  • Reduced stress

  • Lessened chronic pain

  • Better balance

  • Increased flexibility, muscle strength, and tone

Common Yoga Poses

If you’ve never been to a yoga class, you may not be familiar with the basic yoga poses. Each pose strengthens and strengthens different muscle groups. Throughout your yoga class, you will be reminded to breathe deeply as you perform the poses and stretches. Maintaining steady breathing and following your instructor’s breathing cues will help you get the most out of the class.


downward facing dog

Downward facing dog stretches the upper body, arms, shoulders, chest and legs.

upward facing dog

Upward facing dog stretches the upper back and front of body.

child's pose

Child's pose stretches the lower back and calms the mind and body.

warrior one

Warrior one strengthens legs and pelvis muscles.

warrior two

Warrior two stretches inner thighs and strengthens legs.

chair pose

Chair pose strengthens leg muscles, pelvis and lower back.

What should I bring and wear to yoga?

  1. .     A yoga mat

    If you are going to practice yoga frequently, you should consider purchasing your own yoga mat. Yoga mats are made to grip the workout room floor and give you a superior surface on which to move and stretch.

    2.   A towel

    Like any workout class, yoga will make you sweat. You’ll be glad to have a towel to dry off between poses.

    3.   Water bottle

    Hydration is key to keeping a balanced body and mind. You should bring a water bottle to any fitness class you take at Fitworks.

    4.   Resistance bands and yoga blocks

    These won’t be necessary for a beginner yoga class, but as you participate in more intense versions of yoga, you may find adding these tools give you a better all-around workout.

    5.   Form-fitting clothing

    Because you’ll be moving your body and stretching in various ways, you’ll want clothes that are form-fitting, yet stretchy. For the more intense forms of yoga, moisture wicking fabric will be your friend.

    6.   An open mind

    Yoga is an old practice, and has proven beneficial for both physical and mental wellbeing. Be open to having a meditative experience, and you’ll reap the benefits!


     

Why Did the Lights Go Out?

At the end of each yoga class, you’ll practice Savasana, or the “relaxation pose.” Savasana is meant to give you a time for peaceful reflection on your yoga experience and practice the stillness of the mind. Newer yoga students sometimes think this is the cue to leave the class, but staying through the end is important for practicing yoga etiquette, as well as getting the most out of your yoga class.


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Why Did the Lights Go Out?

At the end of each yoga class, you’ll practice Savasana, or the “relaxation pose.” Savasana is meant to give you a time for peaceful reflection on your yoga experience and practice the stillness of the mind. Newer yoga students sometimes think this is the cue to leave the class, but staying through the end is important for practicing yoga etiquette, as well as getting the most out of your yoga class.


Yoga Classes Near Me

Want to try out relaxing your mind and body through yoga?

Free Trial Pass               Group Class Schedules

 
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