• SHY Newbie

    SHY Newbie

    SHY is your best choice to learn yoga with our qualified team!

First Visit to SHY?

On your first visit, please arrive 20 minutes before class begins in order to meet your teacher and fill out a new student form. This will give you time to change and relax on your mat before class. Please bring a mat, towel and a bottle of water with you. If you intend to shower after class please bring two towels – one for your mat during class and one for showering. For your convenience, we also rent mats and towels, and sell bottled water. We encourage you to avoid eating two hours before class. Also, please come to class well hydrated.
((Please see changes for new protocol to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic))

Yoga Etiquette

We value the serenity of our yoga studio space. We ask that you please remove your shoes upon entering the lobby and that you store your belongings in the space given. Once inside the studio, please respect the silence of the practice space.

Our sense of community is an important component of who we are as a yoga studio. Our desire is that everyone who enters our studio will have a very positive experience and leave with a little more compassion and peace in their hearts from having been here.

Additional notes of etiquette:

  • Before class begins, please inform your teachers of any injuries.
  • Please do not bring mobile phones, shoes, or bags into the yoga room. You may leave your belongings in the common space alloted.
  • Please refrain from wearing strong perfume or cologne, as this may be disturbing to fellow students.

New To Yoga?

I am not flexible, is yoga for me?

The physical side of yoga practice combines strength and flexibility. Many inflexible people are strong but lack a full range of motion. If that’s you, then Yoga is just what you need. We do Yoga to become more flexible.

Is Yoga a challenging workout?

On a physical level yoga can be challenging, but it is far more than a workout. Through various asanas (postures), the body is stretched and challenged, and develops a strong core as the foundation. Learning breath control, combined with physical effort, brings a sense of calm that can translate beyond the mat and into everyday life.

There is always "another place" to go to in our yoga postures, so as you practice you will keep challenging yourself over and over. But we will mindfully and respectfully take the body and mind there!

What classes should I start with as a new Yogi?

We teach any class at all levels. That being said, if you are brand new to Yoga we do suggest starting with the Hot Yoga class, Warm Vinyasa classes or the Stretch & Restore class. Please tell the teacher you are brand new and they will help guide you through the class and be able to observe your fitness level and movement capabilities. Afterwards you can ask the teacher for advise as to what classes will suit you best as you start your Yoga journey wit SHY. If you have more questions about your individual skill level or injuries (new and old) please do not hesitate to call or email and we can discuss your individual needs.

How many times a week should I practice?

We encourage practicing yoga as often as possible. A regular practice provides amazing benefits, both physically and mentally. We suggest that you commit to a routine that works for you and your lifestyle. We encourage at least three classes per week, with the goal of creating a daily practice. Take your time and enjoy the process. Yoga is a practice and will be a perpetual and changing journey. We will never chastise anyone for only coming in once a week if that is all their schedule can handle but there is magic that happens if you practice at least the three times per week!

Is Yoga a religion?

Yoga is not a religion, it is a philosophy that began in India approximately 6,000 years ago. It is not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga. We honor and celebrate the diversity of our students. Studying the yoga scriptures may be something that enhances your understanding and enjoyment of yoga, but it is not necessary. We encourage you to commit to your daily practice, strive to be “present” while in class, and discover where it leads you.

What does "Namaste" mean?

In Yoga we believe that there is light and divinity within each of us. Namaste is a Sanskrit greeting which means, “The divine in me acknowledges and honors the divine in you.” Traditionally, we exchange this sentiment at the end of class as a way of recognizing the connection that we all share.

The following suggestions are offered as helpful hints for newcomers to yoga and as reminders to those who have practiced for awhile. These attitudes differentiate yoga from simple exercise, they contribute to the development of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body, and they help to integrate body, mind and spirit.

Listen to your body. Our bodies speak to us constantly. We don't listen often enough, and even worse, sometimes when we do listen, we ignore the message. Sometimes we follow someone else's instruction when we should be listening to and following our own inner wisdom. For example, we are bombarded with information from the media that advises us to take symptom-disguising medicine when we're sick and to go about our work anyway. Do you follow such advise or do you honor the wisdom of your body when it calls for rest? A yogi treats the body with care and respect.

Be non-judgmental. Become an objective observer of yourself. Relieve yourself of the burden of determining if you're good enough or not. Yoga is not competitive. We live in a very competitive society. We have been conditioned to judge ourselves in terms of many "norms" and standards of health, youth, beauty and fitness. When comparing yourself to others, you'll find someone who is more advanced than you and someone who is less. Simply observe differences without evaluating them. Learn to appreciate the perfection of being just the way you are today. As we learn not to judge ourselves, we can do others the same favor.

Go at your own pace. Practice at your own level. Never force a muscle or joint. Never force the breath. Alertness, steadiness and comfort are essential qualities to be present when practicing poses and breathing exercises. Learn to be attentive to, and respectful of your body's individual abilities and inabilities on a daily basis. Be patient with yourself. Nothing stays the same.

Coordinate body, breath, and mind. Relax the body, deepen the breath, and alert the mind. In many languages "breath" is synonymous with "spirit". In consciously bringing these three aspects of self into harmony, we develop the ability to make every activity of our lives a meditation. This requires willingness and practice.

Detach from the outcome. Let your yoga practice be an effort without a goal. Free yourself from our cultural concepts of needing to achieve something, or becoming someone. "Success" in yoga is to live in the present moment and to accept what is. Feel the joy of discovering the self that already exists and is whole and complete.

"Be here now." Stay focused in the present moment and place. Know where your energy is. Where the mind goes, the energy goes. I remember the first national energy crisis in the 70's and the politics that ensued with oil embargoes. We were told that our country could decrease it's energy consumption by 50% simply by conservation, hence the 55 m.p.h. speed limit, recycling, etc. We can do the same for ourselves by conserving prana, chi, life force. We waste enormous amounts of energy on our internal chattering. How much time do you spend replaying past events in your head? How much time do you spend changing the transcript, as if you could live it over? How much energy do you put into rehearsing future events out of fear or worry?
Start noticing these patterns of the mind and save your energy!