Brand New to Yoga?

You’re in the perfect place

The beauty of yoga is that it is about making it your own and meeting and greeting your body exactly where it is at. The beauty of The Studio is that all levels are welcome. There is no reason to feel intimidated here because we’ll guide and inspire you through this journey.


Our students come to us at all stages of their practice—from those who have never been on a mat to those who have been practicing for years. And although all of our instructors are experienced with working with brand new students, we also have offerings specifically tailored to new students. Wonderful classes that open your body and your life to this amazing practice…with no intimidation.


Side note: Many people say that they’re not flexible enough to do yoga. But that’s precisely why they need to do it. (Just in case that was swirling in your head.)

Things to Know


Following are a few things beginners should know about The Studio:

  • In order to ensure students have an exceptional class experience and that the teacher can stay focussed, please note that no entries are allowed 5 minutes after the start of class. We apologize in advance for not being able to make exceptions.
  • We have rental mats available: $2/mat.
  • Wear comfortable workout clothing. You might want to go with something slightly fitted as baggy clothes can often get in the way of poses. You’ll also be barefoot.
  • Bring a water bottle and a towel. (Not required, but recommended. We do rent hand towels if needed for $1 and shower towels for $2.)
  • We offer free 15 minute consults to help point you to the right teachers, tour the space, etc. See availability.
  • At the beginning of class, inform the instructor that you’re new to yoga. He or she will provide modifications of certain poses and help you during class.
  • Make it your own. Don’t worry about what the person on the mat next to you is doing. Listen to your body and push back into child’s pose when needed. (A lovely, lovely pose.)
  • Some of our yoga classes take place in a heated room. Room temperature class options are available in our Lakeside or Streetside Studios (downtown) or Studio C (west.) See our schedule to identify which studio a given class is located. The heated classes provide an amazing environment for opening the muscles and detoxing the body (you sweat out all the crud.) Beginners should note that it’s normal to feel a bit uncertain about the heat the first couple of times you practice. That feeling typically passes by the third or fourth class. And by the fifth class? Many crave the heat. It’s magical. And if not, there are many room temperature options available.

Which classes?


Although beginners can and do attend any of our classes, following are the very best options for absolute beginners (normal class rates apply):

  • Yoga for Beginners (‘Class-style’ offering which shows on our regular schedule. This option is available both Downtown and West.
  • Gentle Flow (An easier, slower version of our popular ‘Flow’ class.)
  • Beginner’s Yoga Series. The very best way to learn the poses from the ground up. This Series can be done three ways:
    • Via our Online Video Series (which will serve as a fantastic, ongoing resources for you.) PURCHASE HERE
    • As a 3 part Private Lesson. Contact us to book private lessons.
    • As a 4-Week Live Workshop Series. The workshop is typically offered in the new year and fall. If want to attend before then, consider the Online Video Series and/or Private Lesson approach above.
  • Private Yoga Lesson. Book a single Private Yoga Lesson to get off to a nice start. Contact us to book private lessons.
  • If you are going to attempt a regular ‘Flow’ class right out of the gates, just take it slow and don’t try to keep up with your neighbor.