For years I was intimidated, reading about many different types of yoga. Everywhere someone was discussing the newest method, piece of equipment, or gimmick. Then one day I brought up the topic of yoga with my friend Gigi, and she said “oh I go to a yoga studio for classes, you can come with me”. No pressure, no hype. An invitation from a friend.
Gigi brought me to yoga class in February 2009, around Valentine’s Day. A candlelight class, with lots of stretching and twisting, occasionally using blocks, mats, or ropes, with soft music. The teacher spoke in soothing tones, and afterward we had hot tea and mini chocolates.
This week Gigi will teach her first class at the Starseed Yoga studio, where she took me to stretch my horizons. It’s a free community class, open to the general public.
I copied some suggestions from the Starseed Yoga website:
Getting Started Tips
- Please wear comfortable workout attire. Layers are best, as your body temperature changes throughout your practice. Be prepared to work in bare feet.
- Please refrain from wearing any colognes or perfumes.
- Arrive 15 minutes before class. Check in at the office downstairs by filling in a new student registration form.
- Before entering the practice room (Chandra), take off your shoes, and turn off your cell phone.
- Bring a towel to wipe down your mat after use if you sweat during class.
- We provide mats, but we encourage you to purchase your own. JadeYoga eco mats are available for sale in the office. Your mat is an important tool and a symbol of commitment to your practice.
- Avoid practicing with a full stomach, and drink plenty of water before class to remain hydrated through your practice.
- Introduce yourself as a new student to your teacher and please let your teacher know if you have any injuries or conditions that the teacher should know about.
- Yoga is a process. Be consistent in your practice. Be patient and compassionate with yourself.
Gigi suggests Bring Your Own Mat, if you have one. Considering this week seems to be a popular time for spring break, I think that’s very logical.
See you this Wednesday! April 7, 4pm, 215 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ