Questions and Answers for Yoga Beginners

Yoga Bolsters for WorkshopBeginning yoga should be simple. As yoga beginners, all you need is yourself and a great teacher. Iyengar Yoga North County is a source of excellence in yoga learning, in North County San Diego since 2003. Our center is dedicated to providing yoga beginners with a great place to learn yoga. We provide all the yoga equipment you will need and our studio is a beautiful, simple space to take class. We are a small personal yoga center, and we value each and every student. Our beginning yoga students are all ages, sizes, genders and abilities levels.

We offer several ways to get started: Our Intro and Level 1 classes are  suitable for yoga beginners. Click here for info about our Free Intro class on the first Saturday of each month which provides you with an introduction to our studio and teaching.

We are happy to offer you individualized advice to help you decide what class is right for you. Give us a call at 760-632-0040 or email us with your questions using our online contact form. Because we are a small yoga center, we do not have office staff available at all times so just leave us a message and we will get back to you shortly.

The following FAQ answers questions about classes for yoga beginners at Iyengar Yoga North County

How flexible or ‘in shape’ do I need to do yoga?

Triangle Pose at the BeachYoga meets you at your present level of flexibility and strength. Iyengar yoga is not an aerobic exercise, our studio is not heated and stress on the body is minimized. You should not be in pain during a yoga class. In class, you work at your own capability. One great reason to start yoga is to build muscle and bone strength and flexibility – progress you can measure week by week. Our beginning yoga students all have very different levels of flexibility and yoga helps them become more physically strong over time. Yoga also promotes mental focus, concentration, stress relief and physical confidence.

How are your classes structured for yoga beginners?

New students are welcome to join any Intro/Level 1 class. The teacher works with all yoga beginners, to assist you in achieving each pose. Sometimes that involves using props, like blankets or blocks. Every week, a different series of poses enables you to work on different types of poses. Most classes begin with standing poses and then focus on twists and stretches of different parts of the body, ending with deep relaxation.  Each class is different from the one before it, so you are always learning new variations and depth of poses you’ve done before. The same teacher is present every week to enable your teacher to get to know you and your body. This enhances your learning experience.

How often do I need to come to class?

We believe that attending classes twice a week is the best way to learn. Many people do yoga as a daily practice, and the benefits are more evident with more regular practice – you will see your ability grow each week. Therefore, coming to class twice a week can be extremely beneficial, as well as a regular home practice. We assist our students in developing a home practice with yoga beginners sequence sheets, as well as workshops.

What style of yoga do you teach?

We teach Iyengar Yoga. Many of today’s popular yoga styles evolved from the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar, a living yoga master who ‘wrote the book’ on yoga in the late 1960′s. Iyengar Yoga focuses on the body’s natural alignment to promote healthy joints, bones and muscles. Iyengar Yoga also uses “props” so that every student can work on every pose at their own ability. Iyengar Yoga teachers are trained extensively in the art of sequencing – the class is structured as a sequence of poses that warms you up, and then cools you down.

How are your teachers trained?

To be effective teachers, yoga teachers need to have their own personal practice, as well as training from senior teachers. Our teachers are all highly trained in the Iyengar Yoga tradition and are required to continue their professional education with regular classes and further training. This ensures you a safe class, and the most recent, effective teaching techniques. Our teachers are supportive, and our environment is safe and welcoming.

How do I get started?

You do not need to sign up in advance for classes – just come to the class that is most convenient for you at your level. Arrive a few minutes early before your first class so that you can register with us and meet the teacher to discuss any physical limitations you may have. Yoga beginners can start with our Intro classes on Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday evenings, or with Level 1 classes on Tuesday evenings. All of these classes are geared for yoga beginners.

Upcoming Intro classes at our Encinitas studio are
  • April 25, 2014 9:00 amIntro -Level 1: Stephanie
  • April 29, 2014 6:30 pmIntro-Level 1 Heidi
  • April 30, 2014 10:00 amIntro-Level 1 Kim
  • April 30, 2014 7:15 pmLevel 1 Cynthia
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Do I need special clothing or equipment for yoga classes?

Just bring yourself. We provide all equipment yoga beginners need for classes, including mats at no extra charge. Feel free to bring your own mat if you like. Note that brand new mats are coated with an oil during their production which should be washed off before bringing them to class. You can either put the mat in the washing machine or scrub with a mild detergent, then hang to dry for a couple of days.

As for clothing, it’s best for yoga beginners to wear clothing that is not baggy so that the teacher can see the alignment of your body easily. Most of our students wear t-shirts and shorts, capris or stretchy pants. Just be comfortable and be aware that you may get warmed up. Yoga is practiced barefoot to give you the most traction on the mat.

Have other questions? You are important to us, so please call us at 760-632-0040 or email and we will get back to you shortly to discuss your needs.