1 Guilles Lane
Woodbury, NY 11797
 
516.682.9642
info@absoluteyogastudio.com

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New to Yoga

 

Many people want to try out yoga, but don’t know where to begin! 
Many people are worried that walking into a yoga class is like walking into a different world!
Is this you, or do you know anyone who could benefit from yoga but is afraid to come to a class?
It's no secret that the benefits of yoga include stress relief, strength, improved flexibility, increased awareness, and a focused, calm mind, a feeling of connection with self and the world, and an overall feeling of balance in the body, mind, and life.  

If you are brand new to yoga or want to reconnect with the basics, The Absolute Beginner Series is the perfect class for you and it’s always a great time to start! Come and enjoy a supportive and compassionate environment where everyone is a beginner.  We will explore basic postures (asana) to get you moving and breathing techniques (pranayama) to deepen your breath capacity. You will learn yogic terminology, discover meditation practices to quiet the chatter of your mind, release stress, and gain insight into the principles of yoga philosophy. Our intention in the Absolute Beginner Series is to help you develop a lifelong love for yoga. Each week we will explore a new dimension of the practice. Therapeutic alignment, details, and special needs will be addressed as you learn to use props that aid in the practice and modifications of new postures. Props are a great tool to help your body explore this ancient and transformative practice.  Your questions are encouraged and serve to help others in the class gain a deeper understanding. So please don’t be afraid to ask.

The supportive and compassionate environment of this Series taught by our certified instructors will provide you with the necessary foundation to develop a safe and rewarding yoga practice. Walk in a beginner and leave confident to explore the next phase of your practice in our many Level 1 classes.

We are offering the ABSOLUTE YOGA BEGINNER SERIES on Tuesday at 6PM, and Sunday at 10:30AM. Please note that each class of this 8-Week Series will build on each other and is meant to be attended for all the dates in the session; there are no make-up classes and classes are in succession barring any studio/holiday closures.


NEXT BEGINNERS SERIES BEGINS SUN, FEBRUARY 5 AND TUES, FEBRUARY 7, 2017.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a discipline that means union. It is the union of physical poses (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama) that combine to bring the body and mind into harmony. Yoga is a path to that illusive center we are all seeking, it’s a path to inner peace. Most importantly, yoga is a way of life. It is an integrated system of education for the body, mind and spirit. The physical postures provide the body with a way to build strength and muscle tone, increase flexibility and balance, as well as condition the cardio-vascular system. Integrating the breathing techniques with the postures helps to focus the mind as well as generate enormous amounts of energy.



 

Yoga is for every body. Yoga can be practiced by individuals of all ages and fitness levels. It is non-competitive; thereby everyone practices at his or her own pace. At ABSOLUTE YOGA, instructors are particularly mindful of the individual needs and abilities of each student. Yoga is a process, not a goal.

 

What are the Benefits of Yoga?

  • Releases stress and tension
  • Loosens tense and tight muscles, creating long, leans muscles
  • Promotes good posture
  • Improves flexibility and muscle tone
  • Strengthens muscles without bulk
  • Increases concentration and ability to focus
  • Enhances creativity
  • Improves sense of balance in the body and in life
  • Stimulates circulation, internal organs, glands and the nervous system

How do I prepare for my yoga class? What do I need to bring? What do I wear?

  • We practice barefoot on a sticky mat. Mats are available for your use in the studios or we have mats available for sale. Please remove shoes before entering the studios.


  • Please silence your cell phone before entering the studios or it in your car. Give yourself the gift of time to devote yourself to your practice.


  • Arrive early enough to give yourself time to sign in and have a few minutes before class begins to stretch, meditate or just collect your thoughts. Late arrivals are disruptive to others taking the class. If you have to leave early, please leave before relaxation (savasana), so as not to disturb others.


  • For first time students, you will need to fill out a new student Enrollment Form.  Upon your arrival, the receptionist will give you a clipboard to fill out the form.   Give yourself enough time before your first class to complete this simple one page form and acquaint yourself with the studios.

 

  • We have mats available for your use, as well as blocks, straps and blankets.  You do not need to go out and purchase these items.  In time, you may want to purchase your own personal mat.  We have mats and all other props available for sale at the studio.

 

  • Try not to eat for 1-2 hours before class. Drink plenty of water during the day. Staying well hydrated is essential to maintaining the life force (prana) generated from your yoga practice. However, during class it is best to refrain from drinking water, as it tends to cool down the inner heat created during your practice. This inner heat helps make your body more flexible and fit.


  • Wear any comfortable clothing you would wear for exercise. To help our instructors see the alignment of your body, try to avoid heavy, bulky clothing. You may want to wear a fitted top, which will not fly up during forward and back bends or inversions.


  • Please inform your instructor about any injuries or conditions that might affect your practice, or if you are pregnant. Also please inform your instructor if you are new to yoga.


  • Yoga is for every body. It can be practiced by individuals of all ages and fitness levels. It is non-competitive. Always practice at your own level. Bring your attention inward and avoid looking at what your neighbor is doing. Also, avoid straining or over-stretching and rest when needed. You’ll enjoy your yoga practice more and go farther faster if you take a loving attitude toward yourself and work from where you are, not from where you think you should be.


  • Do take time afterwards to think about what you did in class, so you can retain what you learned. Review the postures you practiced and note any instructions that particularly made sense. Even if you remember just one thing from each class, you’ll soon have a lot of information that can deepen your own personal practice.