WHAT CLASS SHOULD I TAKE IF. . .
I’ve never done yoga before? We recommend you first gain a foundation in yoga by attending our Yoga Basics class, where the practice and postures will be broken down and explained to you as you experience them. Other classes that are appropriate for first-time students are Gentle Yoga, Restorative, All Levels or Yoga For Stress Relief.
I am recovering from an injury or surgery or illness? Try a private session to learn how to manage your injury in class. Another good bet may be our gentle Yoga For Stress Relief class, Restorative or Gentle Yoga. Please advise the teacher of your restrictions or injuries so we can help you move safely through your practice.
I am fit and want to get a really good workout? Try attending one of our more vigorous classes, like the Tuesday night Community Classes, Basic Flow or Saturday morning’s Core Strength Vinyasa.
I need some special attention to work with a bad back or other health issue? Consider Gentle or Restorative Yoga, or, perhaps, taking a private lesson or two to learn how you can modify a yoga class to fit your needs.
I used to do yoga years ago but haven’t been in a studio in years? Drop in to our Yoga Basics class for a refresher, or attend any of our All Levels classes, where the flow provides time for you to release into poses and experience the practice at a moderate pace.
I am overweight and out of shape? Yoga is for every body and every body type. Your instructor can help you modify the practice to meet your current fitness level. While you build strength and endurance, it may be best to start with one of our slower-paced classes, like Yoga Basics, Restorative, Gentle or Yoga For Stress Relief.
I have a special condition or restrictions that make movement or getting up and down from the floor challenging? If your restrictions are caused by Parkinson’s Disease, consider joining our Yoga for PD class on Thursday mornings. You may also choose private sessions, or joining our Yoga for Stress Relief class, where you’ll be free to use a chair to adapt the postures. Also look for our special Adaptive Yoga workshops.
If you feel overwhelmed by all the new information from your very first yoga class, rest assured: after one or two more classes, the practice will feel more familiar to you and you will feel more at ease. Give yourself at least three or four classes before deciding whether yoga is right for you. And, PLEASE, stay after class or email us with any questions or concerns you have. It is our goal and pleasure to make your yoga experience with us enjoyable and valuable to your life.
Things to know before coming to Yoga on the Ridge
- Registration is not required for our regular weekly classes. You can drop in at any time.
- Arrive at least 10 minutes early for your first class at our studio.
- Don’t eat a meal for at least two hours before class. (A light snack is OK.)
- Dress comfortably, but don’t wear clothes that are too baggy.
- We recommend that you buy your own yoga mat, but until you do, you can borrow one of ours.
- Let your instructor know if you have any injuries or limitations.
- Always respect your body when practicing yoga.
- Please do not wear heavy perfume or scents to class or private sessions. Please don’t wear oily lotions or sunscreen for Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions.
- Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your yoga experience even better.
- I require 24 hours notice for cancellation of private classes or yoga therapy sessions, except for family or health emergencies.