New To Yoga
Welcome to Om Sweet Om Yoga! Getting started with yoga can seem intimidating to someone who has never practiced yoga or has been away from yoga for a period of time. This information will help you become oriented with yoga and with Om Sweet Om to start you on what can be a life long journey toward enlightenment. Om Sweet Om Yoga offers the opportunity to talk with someone who is available to lead you through your initial experiences with Om Sweet Om Yoga, answer questions, and suggest class types or teachers.
Yoga is an ancient health system that dates back over 5000 years. Yoga means “to yoke” or “to unite”. Yoga originated in India. Over the centuries yoga has transformed and reinvented itself several times over. Today yoga is practiced for many reasons. Improving physical health, creating mental clarity and achieving peace and spiritual realization are just a few of the benefits of a regular practice. The roots of our yoga program are embedded in all three yoga styles originated from Krishnamacharya, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga. Om Sweet Om Yoga offers many class options — Foundations & Fundamentals, Open, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Intermediate, Hot Vinyasa, Restorative, Gentle and more. In addition, we offer several specialty classes and programs to enhance the Om Sweet Om Yoga lifestyle and benefit the Om Sweet Om Yoga community. These include Kids, Mommy & me, Prenatal, Meditation and Reiki. In addition to yoga Om Sweet Om Yoga offers several other programs including Massage Therapy, Network Chiropractic, Pranic Healing, Workshops, Retreats and Student Intensives. Each of these programs is designed to complement the yoga that we provide in order for you to achieve a healthy, happy lifestyle.
One Month for $40
For new students, we offer one month of yoga for only $40! This will enable you to try a variety of classes and instructors to find the right fit for you. If you purchase a package prior to the expiration of your new student package, you will receive $15 off in our boutique (purchase must be $50 or more). Our yoga guide will contact you at some point during this trial period to help answer any questions or direct you toward a class or teacher that may work better for you. Do not hesitate to contact the yoga guide at any time by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Attending Your First Class
Once you have chosen the first class that you will be attending, arrive at the studio about ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. You will be asked to fill out a short waiver, then you will receive a tour of the studio. Let the teacher know you are a new student and if you have any special physical circumstances or old injuries.
What to wear – wear comfortable clothing. It may be loose fitting, but not too loose on top as it may fall when doing forward folds. All of our classes are done barefoot.
Mats – bring a yoga mat if you have one. If you do not, we have yoga mats for rental or for sale in our boutique.
Perfume – please refrain from wearing perfume or other strong smelling fragrances.
Leave cell phones and beepers out side of studio, or turn them off.
Once class has started – you may not enter a yoga class more than 15 minutes after it has begun. The warm up period is over and the likelihood of injury is much greater. You may leave at any time to use the restroom, to get water or if you do not feel well. At all times please be respectful of the class in session. If you will need to leave the class early, please let the instructor know prior to the beginning of class.
Food – Try to practice on an empty stomach. Yoga practice is scientifically designed and proven to stimulate and detoxify the organ systems. It is recommended that you do not eat at least two hours before practice. If you feel you must eat, please choose easily digested foods, i.e. fruit or yogurt, one hour before class.
Focus your attention inwardly. Develop pratyahara (inner awareness) and dharana (concentration).
We practice from the inside out. Work toward letting go of sensory attachment to external stimuli. Use the breath to help you to stay inside, increasing your awareness of being present to direct experience of your essence.
Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are. Practice ahimsa (or loving kindness), the first Yama.
Be present to your needs and your practice. Rest sometimes. “Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are.” Remember: Wherever, whenever in our life we begin yoga is perfect. No experience or flexibility required.
Mention any pre-existing injury or special condition to the teacher at the beginning of the class so that he/she can help you.
Please refrain from entering or leaving the room when the class is in meditation, or final relaxation.
If you know that you may need to leave a little early mention this to the instructor and situate yourself close to the exit. Be as mindful as possible.
Please return all props (mats, blocks, straps, etc.) to their proper (ha ha) place.
Learning from books or videos?
Books and videos are great to supplement your yoga practice, but can never replace a good yoga teacher. Students who learn from a book or video with out ever working with a teacher, typically have poor alignment in poses which can go unnoticed for many years and lead to problems. Also it is common for these students to sacrifice their breathing, and strain to get into poses.
Books and videos as a supplement to working with a good teacher are fantastic, and we recommend them to any serious student or teacher of yoga. If you do not have access to a yoga teacher in your community, then learning from a book or video may be your only option, and we would not want to discourage you from proceeding, but please be careful not to do anything that makes you nervous, or is uncomfortable. If in doubt, stop doing a pose that you are concerned may not be good for you. You will find that you are almost always right about such things.