I feel really self conscious. Will everyone know it's my first time?

The good news-no one is watching you!  Yoga is a very internal practice. Other students are focused on what is happening on their mat. EVERYONE in the room has been in your shoes and will be very encouraging. We will offer modifications and props to all students. You will not be slowing down anyone else's progress and you will not stand out. This practice is for you.  We are for you.

Will I like it???

There was ten years between genesis yoga co-founder, Mia Neuenhoff's first and second yoga class. Why? "No one told me how many different yoga classes there were.  I tried one and thought yoga wasn't for me.  My second class was completely different and I loved it." Some students know right away. They're hooked! For others, a few classes are necessary. Different classes and instructors have different vibes, so we usually advise you take at least six classes. By then you should know if yoga is for you.

Do I need to be flexible and strong?

It is a misunderstanding that you have to be flexible or strong to do yoga. We work on many levels including the body, the breath, the mind and the spirit in every class. You will find yourself becoming more flexible and strong as you continue to practice yoga.

What class should I try?

It is a good idea to try different classes to get an idea of the style of yoga and teachers you like and what is right for you. Power and Vinyasa classes tend to be the more physically demanding classes, while Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga and the Restorative Yoga classes are less physically challenging.

What should I bring to class?

Bring water to stay hydrated, a yoga mat if you have one and a hand towel. We have a limited number of mats available for rent if you do not have one. You may want to purchase your own mat for reasons of personal hygiene and regularity of practice.

What should I wear in class?

Athletic clothing where the instructor can have a good idea of your body alignment, and at the same time clothes that are comfortable, fast drying and do not restrict your movement.

What about eating or drinking before class?

It is a good idea to come to class hydrated and drink plenty of water after yoga class. In most yoga traditions drinking water during class is not recommended. Try not to eat a full meal at least an hour before class.

What if I have pain or a previous injury?

It is always appropriate to talk to the instructor about any existing physical conditions and concerns you have about them. Yoga benefits many people with chronic pain by helping the body regain its balance between strength and flexibility, movement and awareness. If you are under a doctor’s care for an acute situation, please be sure to discuss taking yoga classes with him or her.

Can pregnant women do yoga?

Yoga can be very beneficial during pregnancy, but make sure to let your instructor know you are pregnant. Your instructor will help you modify your practice through the use of proper modifications and props. Make sure to drink plenty of water and take bathroom breaks whenever needed.