Are you new to Yoga? Whether you are a regular home yogi or this is the first time you've ever stepped on a mat, we're excited to have you join us!
We understand that going to your first yoga class can feel daunting but we're here to make it a great experience. Yoga is not about how flexible or strong you are, it's about connecting to your current ability and honoring that place. Paradigm Yoga prides itself in providing a comfortable, caring and non competitive environment in which to practice and grow. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time and we will be happy to help.
What to expect at your first yoga class:
If you are new to yoga basics classes are the perfect place to start. In these classes you will be guided through a series of poses at a speed which allows for explanation of alignment, breath and benefits. They are the perfect classes for beginner yogis to learn the basics of a yoga practice, though they can also benefit anyone with a regular practice who may wish to refine alignment and focus. Blocks and straps will be available in the class and your instructor will demonstrate how they can be used to help in various poses.
If at any point you feel like you need a break, just move into childs pose and breathe (childs pose is a restorative pose shown at the beginning of class where you kneel on the floor, sit your hips back onto your heels and rest your forehead on your mat). When you feel ready to get going again, just join back in with the class.
At the end of class we will move into śavāsana which is a resting and relaxing time. The first time you go to a class this may feel unusual, but it really is wonderful if you let it be... enjoy the relaxation that you have earned and trust your instructor, they will guide you into relaxation and gently out again when the class is drawing to a close.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Introduce yourself to the instructor when you arrive and let them know it's your first class. They will be happy to show you where everything is and how to get started.
Wear comfortable, fitted workout clothing.
Bring a bottle of water.
Ideally do not eat any large meals within 2 hours of the class.
Bring a yoga mat if you have one. If you do not have a yoga mat, one can be bought or rented from Paradigm Yoga. (There is a $2 service fee per class for yoga mat rental and maintenance.) We advise calling/emailing or selecting the mat required box during online bookings to reserve a mat if needed.
Yoga is practiced barefoot, please take off your shoes on the way into class and leave them at the doorway.