In the Twin Cities area, most yoga studios will offer a trial free class (or even a whole free week at Corepower) for new yogis. Be sure to tell the instructor that you are new to yoga- don’t be shy. It will help the instructor to know ahead of time, so he/she can help you out a bit more during the class.
Corepower‘s beginner class is C1, which is a non-heated vinyasa. Personally, I enjoy the detoxifying sweat of a heated class, so I was quick to move to C2 (heated vinyasa) on my yoga journey. However, even now, after years of practicing, I still find it beneficial to take a C1 every now and then. The flow in C1 moves a little more slowly, reminding me of the basics, and ensuring I am still following good form. As a beginner, after a few C1 classes, you could probably move on to a C2. Even if you’re not able to do all the poses in a C2, it’s possible to try one of these class to expose you to the heated class experience.
And definitely take advantage of your free week to check out several different instructors and studio locations! You may find that you like the vibe of one studio more than another.
What to bring:
Yogi toes if it’s heated (not necessary for all classes, and you could just use a towel before investing in yogi toes)
Yoga mat (though most studios will rent you one for a small fee)
And what will you do in a vinyasa yoga class (like C1 or C2 at Corepower?)
Runner’s World posted this article recently on Twitter about yoga for newbies, breaking down the basics of a stereotypical vinyasa flow:
What to Expect in Your First Yoga Class:
Whether it’s a breathing exercise, meditation, or sitting quietly, a few serene moments help your mind segue from crappy Monday to yoga mode. This is also an opportunity to set an intention-a personal goal or hope such as becoming more patient or leaving stress at work-to meditate on during class.
Poses like Cat and Cow release neck and shoulder tension, loosen your spine, and sync your breath to your movements. They also stimulate blood flow to your core, which brings more nutrients to your abdominal organs and spine and gets your body temperature rising.
This fluid series of 12 or so postures is a mini practice in itself-it takes your spine through a full range of motion, from a standing forward bend to the back-bending Upward Dog. You’ll get a full-body workout, boost your heart rate, and start sweating a little.
You’re warmed up like Mario Lopez during a salsa number. Poses such as Triangle and Warrior strengthen and lengthen your muscles as they teach alignment. Holding them also requires endurance and concentration, required in the more challenging balancing poses.
Your talent for never letting your bare feet touch the fungi-ridden locker room floor comes in handy here. Poses like Tree and Eagle are all about developing grace under pressure-you have to stay loose but focused to balance. Directing your gaze on an eye-level spot 4 to 6 feet away (“drishti” in Sanskrit) also helps.
Because “yoga” means “the union of opposites,” the stillness of Corpse pose is the perfect complement to all the previous action. Lie there for a bit-letting your body sink into the floor and quieting your mind-to fully absorb the benefits of class. You worked hard to earn that blissed-out feeling, so savor it.
Bowing, chanting “om,” or saying “namaste” expresses thanks to your teacher, fellow students, and yourself for a great class.