beginners, you are not alone
Yoga Essentials for Beginners at Peace through Yoga
is our four-week introductory program for those new to yoga.
Our program establishes the foundation for a lifelong yoga practice with emphasis on breath work, physical alignment, strength and flexibility. We will allow for plenty of time and assistance each week, and will use props as needed to make each yoga pose work for your body.
We will begin by laying the foundation with an introduction to yoga history and philosophy and breathing techniques. Our focus will be on standing and balancing poses.
This class introduces the concept of muscular engagement. We will learn seated and hip opening poses, as well as a new breathing technique. Class includes a review of standing and balancing poses.
Our focus will be on physical alignment for a safe practice of yoga poses. We will learn twisting poses and backbends and a new breathing technique, as well as review the previous week’s seated and hip-opening poses.
This week we put it all together! Our class will be a complete Beginning Yoga for All Bodies class so you can experience a “real” studio class under the instructor’s watchful eye. Additionally, we will discuss the resources available to you to expand your practice.
Completion of this program entitles you to special offers for future classes.
frequently asked questions
Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Congratulations! You have just taken your first step toward trying yoga by asking this question. You may be most comfortable in our 4-Week Beginner Series where you can learn the foundations and principles of yoga before attending a regular weekly class.
Another alternative is to come to one of our Gentle/Restorative or Beginning Yoga for All Bodies classes. Our certified yoga instructors provide direction for easing into and out of the poses safely, and are there to assist you. There are many variations of each pose, and your instructor will guide you into the one that is best for you.
Something to remember is that yoga is referred to as a “practice.” That means every yogi is always learning regardless of what level of experience he or she may have. In the end, we are all new to yoga because each time we roll out our mat, we are exploring something new.
Sometimes the “best” class for you depends on the day and how you are feeling. Take a moment to take stock of how you are feeling. Agitated? Try a Gentle/Restorative class. Energetic? Register for a Vinyasa, Baptiste or Ashtanga class. Lethargic? Pick up your energy with any of our Vinyasa classes. Rusty? Our 4-week Yoga Essentials for Beginners workshop or regularly scheduled Beginning Yoga for All Bodies classes will get you back in the game.
We encourage you to try different styles of classes. There is always something to be learned from each instructor and class format, and modifications to poses can be offered to ease you into a pose or to challenge you. If you are pregnant or have any physical limitations, we suggest starting with a Beginning Yoga for All Bodies or Vinyasa Level I class (and please inform your instructor before class).
You are not alone in asking this question. After all, what is this fad called “yoga?” This popular practice actually is thousands of years old. While it has been associated with Hinduism because of its origins in the Indus Valley, yoga does not impose a belief system on its adherents. Instead, it is a science to attain optimal health, a peaceful mind and a more meaningful, purposeful life.
People of all faiths and religions practice yoga. Their reasons for coming to the mat are as individual as they are. Some desire the physical benefits of the practice – the stretching, strength-building and skeletal alignment. Others seek refuge from our busy modern world – yoga is 75 minutes of being unplugged from all electronics. Yet still others come for spiritual reasons because the mindfulness of the physical practice, the attention to the breath and the relaxation techniques allow them to quiet the mind and focus within.