At one point, we have all searched for yoga classes for beginners near me. Who are we kidding? Being a beginner is hard. And learning anything new results in feelings of frustration or inadequacy. That little voice in the back of your head starts wondering if other people in the yoga class will know you are a beginner or if you’ll stand out.
“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you are willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.”– Barbara Sher
Common Questions of Beginners
The questions can be endless and the reasons to not begin with yoga classes seem all so rational. What yoga “gear” to bring to my first class? Where do I set up in the room, partly so that I can hide and not be visible? What if I fall, or can’t practice like everyone else in the room? What does the “hot yoga” feel like? Are the instructors trained to help beginners in the room?
We promise you aren’t alone. Inspire Yoga has been helping beginners each and every day for the last ten years. But, here’s what you need to know to make that first step a little bit easier. And when you are ready, try all of our class styles with our Unlimited Week Intro Offer for new clients.
Which Style of Yoga Class Is Right for Beginners?
With so many styles of yoga, where to start is often the most daunting part when looking at a class schedule. What is vinyasa yoga, hatha yoga, ashtanga yoga, or Bikram yoga?
There are a lot of styles of yoga to pick from, but the good news is there is no test to walk in our doors. Every Inspire Yoga class style is accessible to beginners, yet structured to ensure a challenge for all levels.
Inspire Yoga is primarily a vinyasa based studio, which simply means we match breath to movement. It also means that we are not a set sequence studio, where you move through the same poses every class. At Inspire, each class is unique and dynamic.
Our instructors have the freedom to sequence with a fresh perspective, every time. And no one will be yelling on a microphone to be in a specific pose, to not rest or take breaks, or singling you out after you’ve had the courage to walk through the door. Each class is about your ability and your comfort level, which also helps prevent injury.
Inspire Vinyasa, Slow Flow, and Yin Class Formats
If you are completely new to yoga, a Slow Flow (non-heated) class may be the place to start. This class moves at a comfortable pace, and the instructors provide modifications for all levels. If you want to start with a heated class, the Slow Flow (heated) has a similar pace, but you’ll experience a warm room around 88 degrees.
If you want to jump right in, you don’t have to start with a Slow Flow. Our signature Inspire vinyasa class is practiced in a hot room (infrared heat from 97-99 degrees) and moves at a moderate pace. This class format offers diverse and integrated posture sequences from foundational through advanced poses. Resting positions are encouraged at all levels, and our expert instructors are trained to provide modifications for all levels during these classes as well.
If you are a beginner looking for a yoga class to compliment other rigorous activities you practice, such as running or cycling, Yin is a great option. Our Yin classes incorporate relaxed, passive postures held for 3-5 minutes at a time. Experience gentle seated stretches that release tension in the connective tissues of the body.
Will the Hot Yoga Classes Be Too Intense?
At Inspire, we love a great hot yoga class under the infrared panels for all the benefits including: detoxing the body and improving mental clarity; boosting the immune system and aiding skin health; and, reducing stress and easing muscle or joint pain.
Our hot Inspire format is accessible for advanced practitioners as well as beginners. We offer modifications and use props to assist you as you find your pace and learn the pose names.
There are hotter areas of each studio, so ask your instructor where it would be best for you to start. We want to make sure everyone leaves feeling successful and with that amazing sense of accomplishment of trying something new!
Stumbling is encouraged because this is a yoga practice, not perfection. Resting (and water) is encouraged because… well, we just might need it. Trust me, the people around you at Inspire are not that different. And remember, we offer a variety of heated AND non-heated classes. It’s not all or nothing at Inspire.
What Should I Bring or Wear to My First Yoga Class?
You should be comfortable as you practice. Avoid very loose fitting clothes that are too baggy and may get in the way of moving. We all love our favorite baggy Dallas Cowboys jersey, but probably not the best choice…for yoga at least.
Water is a must! We want to make sure you are staying hydrated as you begin to explore your yoga practice. You might also find a hand towel will help you in those sweaty classes so you don’t slip on your mat.
Each studio sells some great Manduka Yogitoes yoga mat towels which are a good investment over time. But browse around as you get more comfortable and learn what you need for your practice.
Speaking of mats, we recommended a quality yoga mat as you continue your practice, but it’s not necessary starting out. Feel free to rent a mat to try out some different options or bring your own from home. Inspire Yoga staff can recommend quality options for you and each location has various brands on hand to support your practice and needs.
You may notice props at your studio, too. Blocks, straps, and bolsters are commonly used in class. Ask your neighbor about why they use them, or your instructor as to how these options could assist you in your practice. Don’t be shy – we love answering questions.
Will I feel out of place, in the room and with “yogis”?
We’ve all seen the pictures of sweat dripping off everyone in a room, skimpy outfits and shirtless practitioners. Don’t succumb to all the picture perfect advertising and social media posts of the “look at me” yoga. If you stare at these too long, you can be misguided as to how regular yogis show up each day.
Yogis are people just like you. They come in every shape and size. And the best part, they started out as a beginner once too. All those people who have been practicing for years are secretly rooting for you. They know the benefits that have come from a consistent practice as noted by Johns Hopkins and they are excited for you to experience it too.
We encourage everyone to chat and get to know the people who practice next to them. We love our community and they are ready to welcome you with open arms.
Hear from Our Community about Beginning Their Yoga Journey
“About a year ago I joined Inspire Yoga and that was the greatest decision I have made for myself.” Learn more about Christina’s story.
“I started off just moving my body as best as I could and progressing slowly at the speed that worked for me.” Learn more about Erin’s story.
Bruce & Sarah
“I found that my weaknesses weren’t that weak (and frankly, nobody cares), and that the yoga experience wasn’t that weird.” Learn more about their story.
“Inspire Yoga has helped me of course in my flexibility and strength, but so much more in bettering myself.” Learn more about Alana’s story.
What safety standards does Inspire have?
Today is different than it was before, but the overall health and safety of our community remains the top priority. We provide a service inherently designed to keep your mind, body, and immune system performing at its best. Rest assured that we take great care to share this service in the safest way possible.
Inspire Yoga has put a number of studio guidelines in place to ensure a safe class experience for everyone, including increased sanitization, recommended spacing, powerful air handling and purification systems, and much more. Learn more about Inspire Yoga’s health and safety standards or contact your studio for further questions.
What About Online Yoga Options?
Inspire Yoga has also worked hard this last year to build an expanding on-demand library to support beginners and anyone else with their “anywhere” practice. We offer over 200 classes, 12 instructors, and multiple styles at Inspire Yoga Online. Visit Inspire Yoga Online to learn more and search for your practice today.
Ready to Begin Your Yoga Journey?
Inspire Yoga’s welcoming community offers over 300 classes across our locations for you to find your starting point. You can start by joining the group class that meets your needs. And if you have unanswered questions, drop us a note in the comments below so we can follow-up.
Remember that the teacher leading the class started off in your shoes. But if you are ready to be a beginner, we’re ready to open a whole new world for you.