new to yog​a?

why yoga?
Until recently, when we thought of yoga, we envisioned a model thin Gumby sitting in lotus or standing on his/her head. No more! Yoga is for everyone and is now recognized as one of the best things you can do for yourself regardless of age, shape, sex or athletic ability. 

Ninety percent of students start yoga for the physical benefits: fitness, strength, flexibility and stress relief. No surprise, right? There have been thousands of studies on the benefits of yoga. Yoga increases flexibility, muscle tone and strength. Yoga improves respiration, helps decrease blood pressure, and bad cholesterol. The average yoga practitioner experiences a five-pound weight loss. Studies have shown yoga helps with injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and asthma among many other challenges.  Yoga can improve functional mobility for those suffering from Parkinson's Disease . Studies have shown the benefits of yoga during cancer treatment. The physical benefits of yoga are wide ranging and provenFrontiers in Human Science published a study that shows yoga helps protect the brain from a decline in gray matter volume. Not only does yoga help keep your body healthy it is great for your brain!

While the plethora of physical benefits are amazing, the truly exciting news is TWO-THIRDS of those practicing yoga will experience a shift as to why they continue to practice. Most of those who practice will discover what keeps them coming back is the yoga bonus: the “other” benefits! Practicing yoga improves mindfulness, self-awareness, spirituality and personal growth. Practitioners experience a growth in compassion and kindness for themselves and others. How wonderful is it that what keeps most folks coming back to their mat is what can't be measured by physical standards?

The true beauty of yoga is it profits body, mind and spirit. The question isn't "Why Yoga?", the real question is "WHY NOT YOGA?"

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 is right for you. Power Flow, 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.
studio etiquette
Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in. This will give you time to change and set aside belongings.
Please turn off your cellphones.
Remove your shoes upon entering the studio.
If you are running late, let us know and we will set up a place for you. Otherwise, we lock the door. We apologize for the inconvenience, but it is for the benefit of all.
Silence during the class is always appreciated.
Only leave early if you must, but we prefer that you stay through the end of class to avoid disturbing others during Savasana. This allows everyone a few minutes of quiet time after practice.

-I had a Gentle class with Cathy last Wednesday and it was FANTASTIC!!-Alexi