I'm new to yoga
Will I be okay?
The most difficult aspect of beginning a yoga practice is the apprehension we feel when trying something new, surrounded by others who have a lot of experience. Remember, though, that we are all beginners at some point. A yoga practice is a journey of continual growth—we never stop learning. 3Tree teachers have great experience mentoring new students, modifying a poses in class to meet each student's needs and helping you to feel comfortable in an unfamiliar situation.
Where do I start?
We have classes for you, specifically
Beginners’ Series: 3Tree Yoga offers 5-week beginners series that are designed to teach you the basics so that you feel comfortable attending our Level 1 group classes.
Level 1: Level 1 classes are group classes for people that want to build physical and mental strength and flexibility, but need a class that focuses on fundamentals.
Gentle: Gentle classes are for any level of practitioner that needs a purely relaxing and grounding yoga class.
Two weeks unlimited yoga for new students
What to Wear
Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes that are not too loose. Choose clothing remembering that you may sweat, twist, lie down, bend forward and backward, and stretch your arms and legs
A yoga mat and water, and a towel (hand, bath, or yoga mat towel) if you need it. We have mats to borrow if needed and other necessary yoga props for your convenience.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to set your mat down, use the bathroom, and settle in. If it is your first time at the studio, you may print and fill out the forms to bring with you, or arrive early to fill them out at the studio.
Wearing strong scents such as perfumes, deodorants, essential oils, or cologne. Please ensure that your mat, clothes, and body are odor-free out of courtesy to those around you.
Once you arrive
Please remove shoes and socks before you enter the practice space and place them in the designated shoe-storage area.
Please turn your cell phone off, or, better yet, do not take it into the practice space with you. If you do need to keep your cell phone with you during class, then please set it to silent.
If you have any injuries, limitations, or concerns, please notify your instructor before class begins so they can help you stay safe.
Enter the Room
When you enter the room, please enter quietly and try to keep noise to a minimum when setting up your mat and collecting your props (i.e. block, blanket, strap)
Positioning Your Mat
Orient your mat so you will be facing the teacher. Place your props and your water bottle nearby your mat to keep them handy, but make sure they are not in your way.
If a fellow student arrives and there is not an immediate space available for their mat, please try to create space.
For many people, their mat is a safe, sacred space. Please respect this by not stepping on others’ mats, if at all possible.
Being on time is optimal, however, if you arrive more than ten minutes after class has started, it’s best to come back for another class. If you’ve arrived within the first ten minutes of class, then, if it’s okay with the teacher, please enter the studio and gather your props quietly. Choose a space for your mat that is close to the entrance so as not to distract other students.
Okay, this is important: Rest and drink water at any time during class, then rejoin the practice when you are ready.
Let your teacher know if you are confused, are having trouble with something, or are experiencing any pain. Your teacher is here to serve you but cannot help if s/he does not know there’s an issue.
Savasana, or Corpse pose, is the last pose we do in class, and consists of lying down on our mats with our bodies relaxed and our eyes closed so that we may absorb the benefits of our yoga practice. This is a very important part of yoga class, so please give yourself a full Savasana!
Leaving class early
Please plan to stay for the entire class. If this is not possible, then please let your teacher know before class starts, and take a short Savasana before you depart.
Clean Your Area
If you borrowed a mat from the studio, wipe it down if needed and return it. If there is moisture on the floor around your mat—either from your perspiration or your water bottle—wipe it up with your towel. If you used props, put them back.
Speak with your teacher after class if you have any questions or concerns about your yoga practice.