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YOGA 101

By definition, we all start as beginners and have our first Yoga class.  I strive to make your first experience in a yoga studio memorable, welcoming, and tremendously positive.  New can be exciting, but new can also be intimidating.  I hope to create an environment that allows you to explore the mind, body and soul in a comfortable, non-judgmental and safe space.  Your first class at In The Hills YOGA is complimentary, and I am always available for questions before and after class.

Why Yoga?

Yoga can benefit everyone.  You don't need to be flexible or be able to clear your head of all thoughts. You simply need the desire to show up, breathe, and listen to your inner guide.  The term Yoga comes from a Sanskrit word meaning "yoke" or "union", the harmonious interplay of mind and body in all areas of life.On a physical level, yoga postures are designed to tone, strengthen, and align the body and were traditionally practiced to ready the body for seated meditation.  These postures are performed to make the spine supple and healthy and to promote blood flow to all the organs, glands, and tissues, keeping all the bodily systems healthy and functioning optimally.  On a spiritual level, yoga uses breathing techniques and meditation to quiet, clarify, and discipline the mind. Yoga is not a religion, but a way of living with health and peace of mind as its goals.

 Benefits of Yoga
  • Experiencing balance and harmony in the body, mind and spirit

  • Increased strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance

  • Calming of the mind

  • Revitalization of the body and mind

  • Slowing of heart rate

  • Lowering of blood pressure

  • Increased circulation

  • Strong and toned muscles

  • Detoxification of the system

  • Improved function of internal organs

  • Balancing of the muscular system

  • Increased metabolism and energy

  • Reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia

  • Escape from the cell phone

  • Uncontrollable fits of smiling and joy

Tips for New Students


~Arrive 10 minutes early. Allow yourself time to complete the new student information form.

~Practice on an empty stomach. Don't eat 1-2 hours prior to yoga practice. Juice or fruit are OK if you need quick energy before class.


-Drink plenty of water prior to and after class.

~Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable clothing with maximum movement capability.


~Remove your shoes upon entering the studio. Cubbies are provided in the waiting area.

~Turn off your cell phone.  No one, including yourself, will like the distraction of your latest ringtone.


~Notify the teacher of injuries or medical conditions. This helps the teacher know how to assist you and give you modifications.


~Practice often. 4-6 times per week for maximum benefit. 2-3 times per week will show improvement for most students within three months.


~Enjoy yourself!  Don't worry about what you or anyone else looks like.  This is your practice, so make it your own.

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