Dear Beginners

Beginning your yoga practice often comes with lots of questions. What do I wear? What should I bring? Do I REALLY have to be barefoot? What the f*#! is vinyasa?

You’re not alone! Beginning any new activity inspires curiosity, and we’re here to answer some of your questions here so you know where to start.

What do I wear?

Most people like to practice yoga in comfortable, athletic-style clothes. You don’t have to have a closet full of fancy leggings; you can wear any clothes that YOU are comfortable wearing and moving in.

What should I bring?

Yoga studios typically supply all the props you’ll need for your practice, so you don’t have to pack blocks, straps, pillows, or the kitchen sink. You may want to bring your own mat, but lots of studios have loaners on hand as well. The only thing you really need to bring is an open mind and an open heart.

Do I REALLY have to be barefoot?

The short answer is no. If you’re more comfortable wearing your socks into the studio, wear them! There are even special gripper socks especially for yoga. That said, being barefoot will help root your connection to the mat and focus your energy into your feet and toes for challenging postures. It should be noted, however, that it is a faux pas to wear your shoes into the practice area. When you arrive at the studio, remove your shoes before you roll out your mat and set up your practice space. While you’re taking off your shoes, you may also want to silence your phone so that it doesn’t accidentally ring in the middle of class.

What the f*#! is vinyasa?

Vinyasa is a Sanskrit word that means flow – the series of movements in any style of yoga. When you’re looking for a place to practice, take a peek at the studio schedule and look out for the following classes and keywords: Basics or Beginners, All-Levels, Slow, and/or Restorative. These classes are either geared specifically to new yoga students or run at a slow place to give you enough time and direction to settle into each pose.

A few other things that every yoga teacher and studio welcome:

  • Email or call ahead to learn more
  • Arrive early to introduce yourself and take for a tour
  • Commit up front to at least three classes so you can see progress

Plover Yoga LOVES new students! We offer Basics three days a week specifically so new students can learn the ropes, and your first 30 days of unlimited yoga is only $30.

Can’t wait to meet you on the mat!

Lisa Lee-Oswald

Owner/Instructor, Plover Yoga

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