How to begin your yoga journey...
Welcome Two Weeks Unlimited Promotion
Make peace a priority and DE-STRESS! We help our students create healthy and balanced lifestyles by offering a variety of yoga classes. We specialize in yoga for stress reduction and classes that are slow and mindful to promote long-term wellness and healing for all levels of experience. Our slow-paced classes make it easy to commit to taking care of YOU.
We believe in the power of a consistent yoga practice. Because self-care is important, we offer packages to support your health and wellness needs. To achieve your health and wellness goals, attending 2 to 3 classes per week is encouraged. Your first two weeks is $59!
This allows you to explore the days, times, and levels of classes that we offer as well as all of our amazing teachers, so that you can find the perfect fit for you.
We’re always available–and happy–to answer questions and help guide you in the direction that best meets your needs.
Introductory Offer includes:
15% discount on yoga mats
Complimentary use of yoga props such as blocks, blankets and bolsters
**Offer for new and local residents only.
**Due to limited capacity, we strongly recommend you pre-register at least one hour before class begins.
New to Yoga
There are many different schools of yoga. All use the same basic postures and offer similar benefits including increased flexibility and body awareness, mental calmness and focus, and the ability to relax deeply and enjoy life more fully. We teach many styles of yoga at Bella Yoga including Hatha/All Levels Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Gentle and Restorative Yoga.
At the beginning level, Hatha classes are slower with more detailed information on body alignment and body mechanics. They are especially well designed for people with physical injury or limited range of motion, although anyone can begin in a Hatha class. Vinyasa Flow is a more vigorous practice. Even though it is more challenging, variations of poses are offered so that it is accessible to most people. In Vinyasa classes, we offer a creative, graceful and intelligent yoga flow that blends the wisdom of Hatha Yoga with breath-linked movement and a deep understanding of the physical and energetic body.
Our supportive, knowledgeable and dedicated teachers are here for YOU and are ready to support your long-term health and wellness needs through group sessions or private and semi-private sessions! All ages, all bodies, all levels welcome!
What to Know for Your First Yoga Class
Being brand new at anything can be pretty scary and intimidating. There are so many questions around what to do or expect. This can be especially true about yoga. At Bella Yoga we think that the hardest part is simply walking through the door! After that, we’ve got you. We’ll show you all you need to know and help guide you along the way. But until then, take a moment to read through the following tips. When you know a few basics about what to expect, you’ll feel more comfortable when you do step through that door and into your first class! And don’t forget about our New to Yoga Package designed specifically for the New Yoga Student.
Wear Comfortable Clothes that Are Not Too Loose
Most importantly, you will want to wear clothing that is comfortable. But be sure wear a shirt that isn’t too loose. Know that you will be exploring yoga postures that might have you bending over in all different kinds of ways. So that big, comfy t-shirt you love? It won’t feel as comfortable if it falls over your head when you are inverted in Downward Facing Dog Pose. A t-shirt is fine, as long as it has a tighter fit. You don’t have to buy any special kind of “yoga clothes,” that are sold everywhere these days, but you should wear something that will allow you to move comfortably and without wardrobe malfunction.
Yoga is practiced barefoot for a couple important reasons. When your feet are in direct contact with the ground you will be better able to truly feel how you are standing on your feet. You will notice where you place your weight, and you will be able find stability using the muscles of your feet. Socks are not recommended because you could slip during practice. Yoga mats are designed for bare feet and hands. As an example, if you are standing with your legs wide apart, in socks your feet would be more likely to slip outward.
Come with an Empty(ish) Stomach
It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach. When the stomach is full, movements such as forward folds, twists, and inversions are not very comfortable. As a general rule, you can eat a snack or light meal two hours before class or a large meal four hours before class. That will ensure you are most comfortable during the practice. Drinking fluids before class, however, is recommended to keep you hydrated.
Turn Off All Devices
Or better yet, leave them (cell phones and smart watches) in the car. Your yoga practice is a time for you to focus just on yourself. When you walk into the studio, it’s an opportunity to leave the stresses, demands, and responsibilities of life at the door. We ask that all cell phones are turned off and smart watches are silenced.
Let Go of Judgment
The other students in your class will likely have a range of abilities. You may find that you feel self-conscious or insecure about how you are doing the poses. You may feel that you “look like a fool” from time to time. Please know that the other students are much more focused on their own practice and are not nearly as preoccupied about you as you might think. We are much more likely to be judging our own practice than that of others. That too, however, must be released. Each day your practice will be different. The poses will feel slightly different, you will be in a different mental and emotional place, and your body will respond to the practice differently as time goes on. Instead of placing judgment on your practice, simply notice what is happening in the moment as well as over time, and leave it at that.
Yoga will always be Practice
This is one of the most comforting, yet often overlooked aspects of yoga. You may find that your competitive nature comes out during yoga practice, but please remember that there is no final competition, no presentation, no “perfect” pose. You are practicing, and will always be practicing, yoga. Let that notion help take the pressure off that you should be practicing in any particular way. Listen to the cues of your body, and just keep practicing.
We can’t wait to meet you on the mat…