I want to start.... but how?

When I would spend a lot of time at The Yoga Space in Bakersfield, CA I heard lots of questions and concerns about yoga.
1. What class should I start with?
 Check with the studio and see what classes are offered. Typically there are 
  • Restorative, Typically slow paced class good for anyone with medical conditions and beginners
  • Level 1- beginner, perfect class to start with. Standing poses, seated poses, and beginning inversions are taught.  
  • Level 1/2, Typically you know shoulder stand, and looking to go deeper into your practice
  • Level 2 - advanced, Not for beginners, typically at least 6 months of regular practice. Either can or preparing to do a headstand- against a wall. 
  • All levels , this class is a generalized class with poses that are good for beginners, and includes poses that will begin to deepen your practice. Always good for a beginner. 
 Each class has a focus and a purpose. Don't go to a restorative class expecting to constantly be moving. You will often find yourself holding poses for a few minutes, and often with props to support the pose. 

2. How often should I come to classes?
  • Commit to come once or twice a week. 
    • Many studios offer class packages at an introductory rate to help you start your practice and enable you to try as many teachers as you can. 
    • Other studios offer grouped sessions. Grouping the year into sessions allows the practitioner to get familiar with a teacher, see their progress from start to finish, and gives them a good idea what classes they are ready for next. 
  • Set up a spot in your home for yoga. Keep your mat there and any props you use. 
    • If you use the TV or Internet to practice classes make sure you have a hard surface to practice on and enough room so you can always see the instructor on the TV. 
3. How much are classes or packages?
  • Depending on where you live, major urban area or smaller town yoga classes are typically $18-$25 per class. If you want privates you must ask the instructor what their rate is, and where they teach. 
  • Studios often offer discounts for buying groups of classes in a bundle lowering the overall price of classes down from $25/ class to $20 or $15 per class. Some studios have greater discounts. 
4. I can't touch my toes... should I come?
  • I love my students who tell me they can't touch their toes. Because it places the participant in a very humble position ready to learn and to accept what their body can or cannot do. If you cannot touch your toes you may emotionally feel best in a restorative class, but don't just stay there, when your willing and ready to progress in your practice go to a level 1 class. 
5. I have an injury, or condition can I do this safely?
  • Yoga is very safe and wonderful for most conditions. Here are a few conditions that yoga has been proven to be effective for
    • Aging​
    • Amythrophic Lateral Sclerosis​
    • Anxiety/ Depression/ Stress​
    • Arthritis
    • Asthma
    • Back Pain
    • Bone Health
    • Breast Cancer
    • Cancer
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    • Diabetes
    • General Health and Well Being
    • Hypertension
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Menopause
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Neck Pain
    • Ovarian Cancer
    • Pancreatitis
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Restless Leg Syndrome
    • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Focus more on the qualifications of your instructor to help decide if this class is right for you. Quality teachers typically have 
    • an advanced certificate of training.
    • many years of teaching and practicing, teacher training  in yoga
    • an understanding of Eastern and Western anatomy 
    • has training or experience in providing therapeutic yoga. 

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