Frequently Asked Questions
What class is right for me?
This is one the most common questions when looking for a class on our schedule. Ultimately each person has a different body and motivation for attending yoga. What feels good to one person may feel very different to another. We recommend trying several different styles and instructors to find a class that feels right for your body. All classes consist of a warm-up, active practice and a relaxation.
Gentle, Mindful, Basics, Restorative and Meditation classes are best suited for those who are interested in relaxation, stress reduction and gentle stretches. Flow classes incorporate increasing strength and flexibility and are for students who are typically active. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference and what is right for your body. Class descriptions.
I have never done yoga before, where should I start?
The best class to start with is our Yoga Basics on Saturdays at noon. We recommend this class for people who have never tried yoga before.
What if I cannot the Basics class?
If you can’t attend the Basics Class, there are still other options for getting started. The best classes to start with are: Gentle, Mindful and Restorative. We recommend that you let your instructor know that you have never done yoga before class begins. You can also schedule a private lesson.
What do the class names mean?
The majority of the classes are named by style. The style generally means how a class is sequenced and how the teacher was trained. You may check the individual instructors’ bios for a better explanation of the teacher and his or her approach. Class names are general guidelines. Class descriptions
Do I have to be flexible or in shape to do yoga?
No, yoga creates flexibility. Additionally, yoga is great for all, no matter what shape you are in. There are classes suited for those who don’t have a lot of physical activity and those who are more active. Start with Gentle, Mindful and Restorative classes if you are just beginning. Flow classes are best if you are physically active.
What are the benefits of yoga?
There are many benefits to yoga. Some of the most common are:
- Brings balance and harmony to the body, mind and spirit
- Helps with strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance
- Calms the mind, as well as reduces stress and anxiety
- Slows heart rate and lowers blood pressure
- Helps to alleviate lower back pain
- Increases energy
- Helps reduce depression, stress and insomnia
- Ensures a restful sleep
Why practice yoga barefoot?
Yoga is done barefoot so that you don’t slip on your sticky mat and have greater connection to the postures.
What do I do if I am running late to class?
Classes begin promptly at the times listed on our website class schedule. Students who arrive late will not be admitted. We understand that the doors being locked can feel uninviting and that is by no means our intention. This is out of consideration to the students who have already settled in and to ensure that class is not disrupted. Our intention is to create a peaceful and calming space for all of our students. Honoring a space where people can have time to transition from their outer life to their inner life is a priority for us which is why we have a policy of locking the doors when class starts. Please do not knock on the door when class is in session. We appreciate your cooperation.
What do I do if I need to leave class early?
The final relaxation meditation is an essential part of a yoga class. It is helpful in assimilating the benefits yoga. Even if you are in a hurry or have an appointment after class, don’t be tempted to leave early. If you do have to leave early, please be sure to take a few minutes in relaxation before leaving. Be sure to exit the studio before everyone else has entered the final relaxation so that the room can be as still and quiet as possible for those staying. It is also helpful to let the teacher know before class begins.
Can I practice yoga with an injury or medical condition?
If you have any sort of condition or injury, it is always a good idea to check with your physician before coming to class. Please be sure to let your instructor know if you have any sort of injury or illness. This will allow your teacher to help you to modify your practice so that it is healing and appropriate for your body. Gentle and Mindful classes are a good place to start.
Can I practice yoga when I am pregnant?
Practicing yoga during your pregnancy is tremendously beneficial. It helps maintain strength and flexibility and also enhances connection to the mind and body with concentration on the breath and relaxation. Classes offer women an experience to feel connected, relaxed, strong and at ease. See our pregnancy friendly classes her here. Please let the instructor know that you are pregnant.
How do I get started?
Choose a class that you are interested in attending from our website class schedule and click on the green Sign-up option below the class to let the instructor know that you plan on attending. Class credits will be deducted when you arrive and check-in for class.
If you are new to the Beverly Yoga Center you may purchase a 3 class pack for $30 or unlimited yoga for $59. Click here for more information.
Most of our classes are ongoing and you may join anytime. You may purchase a Single Class, 10 Class Package, or a $99 Monthly Membership. 10 Class packages are valid for 6 months from date of purchase and may be shared with family and friends, while attending class together or separately. The $99 Monthly Membership is perfect for anyone who attends class 2 or more times a week. Attend as many classes as you like from our website class schedule. Monthly Memberships automatically renew every 30 days from date of purchase. No cancellation fees. Be sure to notify us of cancellation before the end of your 30 day membership period. Monthly Memberships available for purchase with a credit card only. Available for purchase online or in the studio.
Yoga can be more strenuous than people think. To practice safely, it is important to understand that yoga is non-competitive and that you should advance only as your body is ready. Please listen to and respect your body’s sensations.
To progress in yoga, we work our “edge.” Our edge means feeling strong sensation, but never pain! As areas of your body begin to open and strengthen, you may feel heat or mild discomfort in your muscles. This is okay, but if either of the following happens in your yoga practice, you need to back off immediately:
- Any time you feel strong sensation that is sharp or electric. This is pain. Never work through pain. You may only aggravate your condition.
- If you feel discomfort or pain in your joints, we may need to modify the practice for you, so ease out of the pose and let us know what you are feeling.
Yoga can be therapeutic and provide many health benefits, but there are some yoga poses that are not appropriate for certain people. As with any health program, if you have any medical concerns you should consult with your doctor to find out limitations you may have in your yoga practice.
Please inform us if you have any injuries or health issues. While we will provide you with key alignment principles for you to practice and progress safely under normal conditions, ultimately, you are responsible for your own safe yoga practice.
Remember to enjoy yourself. If something doesn’t feel right, ease out of the pose and let us know. We may be able to make a suggestion that is just right for you. Yoga is a process. Be consistent in your practice. Be patient and compassionate with yourself. Practice as often as your schedule allows. The more you practice, the greater the benefits.