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IF YOU ARE NEW TO YOGA

We have a variety of classes, workshops and events  for you to chose from. If you would like some information or guidance about where to begin please do not hesitate to email or come into our studio to meet with Lisa Matthews or our highly experienced certified  instructors.  We do however suggest you begin with our Beginner Series or one of our many Stretch classes.


"You do not need to be flexible, you just need an open mind to show up and enjoy! We believe that YOGA is for EVERYONE, regardless of AGE, LIMITATIONS

OR INJURY." -Lisa Matthews

 


Some BenEFITS OF YOGA

  • Improves balance and posture.
  • Increases flexibility & strength.
  • Detoxifies the body, removes toxins and improves the aging process.
  • Reduces stress & anxiety.
  • Helps with depression, low back pain, blood pressure and insomnia.
  • Greater self-confidence.


Preparing for Practice AT MBYW 

  • Try to arrive early.  Give yourself time, respect your fellow yogis and teacher by entering quietly.  
  • Come to the studio in comfortable clothing. Layers are wonderful so you can "warm up" or "cool down" during the class.
  • Please leave your sand & shoes at the door. 
  • Cubbies are provided in the front of the studio for the safe-keeping of your belongings.
  • Keep voices soft in studio spaces.

  • ​Please no perfumes, oils or body scents. Many people are sensitive or allergic to smells.  We want to everyone to have the freedom to breath fully and with enjoyment.
  • Don't forget to bring your own mat & props, if you forget or you don't have a mat or props you may purchase from our boutique.
  • Practice with an open heart and an open mind, allowing  yourself to participate fully in this time you have set aside for your self-care.
  • Please leave your cell phones & any other electronic devices that make noise in the car or turned off (and turn vibrate off as well.) Please allow yourself & others this dedicated time for inner peace.
  • Practice on an empty tummy or have a light snack 1-2 hrs before class.
  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water before and after class.
  • Ask the instructor if you have any questions following your yoga experience, we are here to help.
  • ENJOY YOUR PRACTICE, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Don't expect to get it the first time you practice, YOGA IS PRACTICE & PATIENCE…


PREPARING FOR YOUR HOME PRACTICE (VIRTUAL-LIVE/PRE-RECORDED)

As many of us have transitioned to taking yoga stretch fitness classes at home, we have some suggestions for creating a space for your home practice. The best part about creating such a space is that there’s no wrong way to do this. All you need is a little time, some supplies, and your good intentions.

Clear enough space or choose an area that allows you to lie on your back and stretch your arms overhead. In the summer months you may even go outside in your own yard, patio or deck.


If you have traditional yoga props this is wonderful. But, please don’t worry if you don’t have traditional props, because you may improvise using items you already have at home. Consider using a towel (for a blanket), a pillow or try rolling two to three blankets in a tight and firm roll (for a bolster), thick books (for blocks), a belt from a bath robe, scarf, belt or a jump rope (for a strap), and water bottles, soup cans or cork blocks (for hand weights). Creativity with props can be fun. Remember that each body and practice is special in it’s own way. Find props that work for you.  If your creative props aren’t working well, contact me 973-452-2828 to order cork blocks, resistance bands or bolsters for your practice. We understand that having a space like this in your home is a luxury, so if space is limited, no worries! You will still have an awesome home practice. Just remember to get on your mat and practice!


We do this for our CommUNITY.  We are all in this together. 


Please make sure you notify the Instructor

  • If you need to leave early. Savasana/relaxation is important. If you must leave class early position yourself near the door and please leave quietly before everyone else is in relaxation.
  • Are new to yoga
  • Have any medical considerations (such as pregnancy or injuries/limitations). If you are pregnant or have injuries or have had injuries our teachers are qualified to work with you to modify your practice suitable for your special needs.