|Health Benefits of Yoga
- Increased strength and flexibility
- Pain Prevention
- Better Breathing
- Boosts the immune system
- Increased muscle tone
- Improves blood circulation
- Help calm the mind
- Stress Reduction
- Body Awareness
- Sense of well-being
New to yoga? Interested in taking a class but don't know where or how to start?
As part of our Go Yoga, Canada! Campaign we are here to help you get started. Congratualtions! You've taken the first step, you want to start doing yoga. That's great but don't stop here! We'll help you take the next steps. Here is the information you will need to take that next step and start enjoying the pleasures and benefits of yoga.
Pick a Yoga Type
This will required a little research on your part. There are many different types of yoga classes out there, so it's important that you choose a style that matches your fitness level, personality, and health condition. Review what each yoga style has to offer so you can choose a class that is best suited to you.
Find a Class
Pick a studio that is convenient for you something that is close to your home or work so getting to class will be easy. Make sure you start with a basic or beginner level class. We offer an advanced search tool right on our site to help make it easier to find a yoga class/studio in your area.
Free class pass
While searching our site look out for studios/teachers* who are Go Yoga, Canada participants. As a supporter they offer new students a Free Class Pass that can be redeem at their studio. Simply print out your Free Class Pass directly from the studio/teacher's info page on our site. It's that easy!
||* Look out for this symbol. It distinguishes which yoga studios/teachers are Go Yoga, Canada! Particpants.
What to Bring
On the first day, you will not need to bring much except yourself and your Free Class Pass (if you have one). Remember to wear comfortable, breathable clothing. Most studios have yoga mats that can be rented but call the studio/teacher or check their website to make sure.
Do not eat for two or three hours before class
Do not drink water during class, but do have some before and after your practice in order to keep your body well hydrated.
Do not wear shoes, socks or perfume during class.
Arrive On Time
Turn Off Your Cell Phone
Tell the teacher it's your first class (you probably won't be the only one).
Ask the teacher for help if you need it.
Look around and follow what other student are doing, especially if the teacher does not demonstrate every pose. However, keep in mind that you may be looking at more advanced students, so do not compare yourself to them.
Don't Skip Savasana! the final relaxation at the end of class.
Come back in a few days for your next class!