I’ve never taken yoga before. What should I bring?
- Just bring yourself, a willingness to try and a smile. Lighthouse Yoga Center supplies all the props (mats, blankets, belts, blocks, etc.) you’ll need. We also offer free storage for your personal mat so you don’t have to carry it back and forth.
- Wear comfortable, preferably stretchy clothing, such as shorts or leggings, and maybe a T-shirt. Something not too low cut so you’re comfortable bending over. Wear something that shows your legs so the teacher can check the alignment of your knees and the use of your muscles.
- Changing areas are available at LYC, and personal belongings can be stored in our cubbies.
- Please don’t wear perfume or chew gum.
- Yoga asana (poses) are total body experiences. We work individual muscles in ways that might be new to your body. We all practice and work at it and everyone is at a different place in their practice. Don’t let yourself be discouraged because you cannot put your leg behind your head during the first class. And guess what? You’re not going to be asked to do that, anyway! Just laugh and give things a try. All things, including flexibility and strength, come with time and practice.
- If you arrive late for class, please don’t interrupt the class’s centering. These few minutes at the beginning of class are to let go of the day, quiet the mind and begin to focus inward. If you are late, simply sit quietly just outside the doors and give yourself this time to center and be still. When the centering is done, please come in and set up your mat.
- Doors open 15 minutes before the class starts. Please note that the doors at LYC are generally locked 5 minutes after the scheduled class start time.
How does yoga differ from other forms of exercise?
- Yoga places much less emphasis on goal achievement. Instead, students are asked to carefully observe and finely tune the manner in which they move from moment to moment in conjunction with the breath. This focused concentration draws attention inward, integrating mind and body.
- Conventional exercise tends to reinforce misalignment because we naturally stretch from our more flexible areas and rely on our more developed muscles for strength. Yoga counter-balances this tendency by requiring weak muscles to strengthen and stiff areas of the body to stretch. Each posture aligns the whole body. As practice continues, less muscular work is needed to execute the postures and the ability to relax is increased.
Who should take a yoga class?
Everyone! Anyone can practice yoga, regardless of age, health, or circumstance of life.
- All postures can be modified to accommodate those recovering from injury or illness, or with other limitations. Students often find their physical difficulties improving as a result of continuing practice.
- Anyone seeking inner peace will find yoga a natural step along the path toward the true self.
- It is your path and your experience will be as unique as you are. We will inspire, nourish and support your journey in a safe, peaceful atmosphere.
The actions and alignments of the poses are deeply therapeutic and are in accord with precise principles of both biomechanics and subtle energy flows in the body. The unique abilities of each student are honored and poses are modified to meet the needs of individual students. Props are used to both support and improve postures.
What else should I know for my visit?
It’s a good idea to refrain from eating large meals for at least two hours prior to class.
- Drink lots of water. Hydrate during class if you feel thirsty.
- If you can pre-register for your class online, please do so. This helps speed up the studio sign-in procedure and guarantees you a spot in class.
- No refunds are given for class cards, but we may be able to hold the credit for a future class. If you cannot attend a class for which you have pre-registered, please cancel on-line or call the studio and ask us to remove you from the class roster.
- Cell phones left in the cubbies with personal belongings should be silenced. If you choose to bring your cell phone into the studio with you, it must be turned OFF because the vibrations can be disruptive to students.
- LYC is not responsible for the loss or damage of personal items.
- We welcome your feedback. Please leave comments, complaints and suggestions in our feedback box in the reception area, or email us with your thoughts.