New to Yoga?

Check out our Beginners Workshops~The Building Blocks of Yoga with Michelle Lee.

 


Yoga is a practice that is literally available to anyone of any capability and any age. At Samadhi Center for Yoga, we have over 75 classes available for you to choose from every week. Gain more serenity, increase your strength and flexibility and so much more with a regular practice. There’s a reason why this 5000 year-old practice has survived the test of time! We look forward to making you feel at home and showing you how.

  1. Avoid eating before class or eat a very light snack 1-2 hours before class.
  2. Arrive 10-15 minutes early so that you have time to get situated and settled before class begins.
  3. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.
  4. Yoga is practiced barefoot. Please remove your socks.
  5. Blocks, straps, blankets and bolsters are available for you to use during class. Mats are available for a very small rental fee, but it is highly recommended that you use your own personal mat. New students get a 20% discount on the mat of your choice on the day of your first visit.
  6. Check to be certain that your cell phone is off.
  7. If you are new, introduce yourself to the instructor and share with them any injuries or concerns you may have.
  8. Some teachers begin and or end class with a chant. This is meant to calm and center the mind and open the heart before we begin our yoga practice together. Feel free to join in or sit silently and begin to quiet your mind and ready yourself for yoga.
  9. Always be good to yourself. Listen to your own body and follow what your personal needs are at all times. Never push yourself beyond your limits. Trust your intuition. Use your breath as your guide. If you cannot breathe smoothly and deeply, you may be working too hard. No one knows you like you! Be mindful throughout your whole practice. This mindfulness will grow in you and eventually extend out into your everyday life, opening doors for so much more.
  10. Stay open. Some poses and even some classes will feel great, and others will not. Stay open and keep trying new things. With over 75 classes a week, you are certain to find exactly what fulfills your specific needs.
  11. Please put yoga props neatly away in the cupboard after class.
  12. Smile and enjoy your yoga practice. This is time for you!!
  13. Welcome to Samadhi, Denver’s Premier Yoga Studio. We are thrilled that you have come to practice yoga with us!

As someone new to yoga, you probably have many questions. That’s common. To help you figure out the answers to your most common questions, simply click on the FAQ tab. Of course, you can always come in and ask your questions in person or give us a call at 303.860.9642.

What is yoga?  In the ancient language of Sanskrit from which the word yoga was born, yoga means union and it is built on the fundamental foundation of connection among all things. Created well over 5000 years ago, yoga was born out of a desire for greater personal freedom, health, long life and heightened self-understanding.Today yoga offers these same benefits. Experienced as a moving meditation using asanas (yoga poses) and breath intricately linked together yoga opens us, strengthens us and calms us.Through a regular yoga practice we typically experience:

  • Stress relief, which also lowers cortisol in the body (known to cause excess belly fat)
  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • More muscle tone
  • Increased energy levels
  • Increased clarity
  • Weight management
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved sleep
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Increased sense of peace

How do I know which class is right for me?

For those who are completely new to yoga, we recommend our Building Blocks of Yoga where you will learn basic poses and become familiar with your breath again – all in a supportive and friendly environment. Here you will gain more confidence in the poses, learn how to deepen your breath and your focus and you will begin to mindfully build strength and flexibility. Taking the time to learn the fundamentals of your lifelong yoga program will greatly enhance your overall experience.

What should I bring to class?

Yourself, dressed in comfortable clothing that you can easily move in, and a mat if you have one. We have rental mats available for a very small price, but we highly recommend that you acquire your own personal mat. In order to supportyou and your practice, Samadhi offers new students 20% off the mat of your choice the day of your first visit.

What should I wear?

Athletic clothing that you can easily move in that is also flexible and non-binding. Yoga pants and a closer fitting shirt usually works great. No socks please. We practice barefoot for traction.

Should I drink water before class?

In most yoga traditions it is not recommended to drink water during class. Best to drink a little before and after, but of course listen to your body and drink water if needed during your practice.

What are the benefits of yoga?

The benefits of yoga are extensive. Not only does yoga affect the physical aspect of the body, it addresses the mind and spirit as well. Daily exercises are a great way to help alleviate the stress of your day and can bring a sense of well-being to your life. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Stress relief, which also lowers cortisol in the body
  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • More muscle tone
  • Increased energy levels
  • Increased clarity
  • Weight management
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved sleep
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Increased sense of peace

Who can practice yoga?

Yoga is comprised of many different practices ranging from regular poses (asanas), supported poses, breath work (pranayama) and meditation. Samadhi offers classes for everyone from beginner to those who want to levitate. Here are some sample classes that you and your loved ones can participate in:

  • Building Blocks of Yoga– Yoga for Beginners Workshop
  • Mastering the Basics: Intro to Ashtanga-Yoga for Beginners Workshop
  • Meditation & Yoga Nidra (Guided meditation)
  • Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga for all levels
  • Yoga for Seniors
  • Adaptive Yoga for Wheelchair Bound students