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There’s more to the gym than weights and treadmills.


I’m ready to try my first class – what should I take?

If you are fairly active already, Vinyasa I or Hatha II are both great places to start. Vinyasa style yoga is more fluid and focuses on breathing while flowing through poses. Hatha focuses more on alignment within individual poses. 
If you are new to exercise or recovering from an injury, we suggest Hatha I or Qigong. Hatha I is a gentler version of Hatha II and Yoga Essentials aims to coordinate breath, focus, posture, and movement.
For those that are looking to try Pilates, Mat Pilates will help strengthen and tone your whole body, with a particular focus on the core. If you are a beginner, be sure to tell the instructor and they will be happy to show you how to modify any pose.

What should I wear to class?

Men should wear shorts or pants and a short sleeve shirt and women should wear yoga pants or capris and a top. Both yoga and Pilates are practiced barefoot. The studio temperatures vary but are generally fairly warm. We recommend layering a long sleeve shirt over a tank top so that you can adjust as class progresses.

Can I bring my child to class with me?

Children ages 9 through 12 are welcome in any class as long as they are accompanied by a parent. We recommend Hatha I or Yoga Essentials to start.

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