So Many Types of Yoga, Where Should You Begin?

The yoga world can be confusing, especially if you’ve never tried the practice before. Our class descriptions page  clarifies some of the confusion. but many terms are new. Where do you start?

If you are a brand new yogi, have dabbled a little at home or have only taken a class or two, here are a few tips to guide you.

  1. Every single person who’s ever tried yoga, including teachers, were beginners at one time. Don’t be afraid to start. It may just change your life, seriously!
  2. Our studio is warm and welcoming, and we love when beginners show up to embark on the journey. All of our teachers have 200 hour RYT (registered yoga teachers) designations or MORE, which means we’ve been fully trained to teach thoughtful classes that include theory, anatomy, mechanics and safety.
  3. Nearly all yoga classes are designed to enhance flexibility, strength, balance, breath and mindfulness. No matter what you choose, these elements will be present in nearly all types of classes.
  4. All yoga teachers are different. They’ve had different trainings, have come to the practice for different reasons and in various times of their lives. If you try one teacher who doesn’t resonate with you, try another. If you love one teacher, try others anyway. You never know what you will learn.
  5. Yoga is a lot more than what you do in class on the mat. The practice of yoga is meant to help you uncover your tendencies, your ways of ‘BEing’ in the world. You’ll come to the mat to move and breathe and that simple act will teach you other things about yourself. Stay open to experience.
  6. When in doubt, try a Beginner or Restorative class. Beginner classes are designed to teach you the basics of a number of poses you’ll find in most yoga classes. Restorative is all about ‘rest and digest.’ The poses are completely relaxing, teaching you to rest instead of efforting – something most of us never experience in our waking lives.
  7. As a rule, it’s typically best to try hot or heated classes after you try other classes that are not heated. Pay attention to how much your body heats up in a regular class and watch the flow of your breath. It changes in a hot class. Hydration is also absolutely necessary prior to a hot/heated class.
  8. Join us at Grass Roots!

If you have questions, feel free to call 740.868.4228 or stop by the front desk. We are always happy to talk yoga.

Until we see you on the mat …



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