Welcome to River Flow Yoga and Wellness!
Yoga: More Than an Activity, It's a Journey
Every week we welcome people from our community who are absolutely brand new to yoga or group yoga classes. We completely understand how starting something new can be intimidating, especially if you don’t really know what to expect in your first class.
But don’t worry. Although yoga can be challenging, it really isn’t about doing the poses “perfectly.” Our teachers are there as guides, but it’s up to you to listen to your body and practice at your own pace and comfort level. Please, reach out to our teachers and staff with any questions or concerns, so we can help you get comfortable and set you up for success!
We want you to leave feeling better than you did before walking into class, but that doesn’t mean we expect you to change into something you are not. You are you and you start where you start. Let’s remove the judgment and allow yoga to be the means for you to discover your true self and true potential.
Yeah, that might sound deep to someone who just wants to increase flexibility and reduce mental stress, but after a few classes we hope you’ll begin to understand what yoga can do for your lifestyle, and how a consistent practice can transform your life for the better.
What You'll Need for Class:
- Comfortable fitness clothes
- Covered water bottle (no glass)
Essential Tips for Beginners:
- Arrive 10-15 minutes early, and introduce yourself at the front desk
- Come hydrated and stay hydrated
- Avoid heavy meals and caffeine before class
- We have mats and props, but please use your own if you have them!
- Notify your teacher/staff of current injuries, discomfort, or anxieties
- Wash off all makeup and avoid wearing strong fragrances
- Turn off all electronic devices and leave outside the studio
- Enter the studio quietly and respect the peace before class
- Listen to your body/breath and don't force yourself into postures
- Enter restful postures if tired, dizzy, or exhausted.
Start Group Classes with Confidence!
My advice to someone considering yoga:
Understand it's not easy. Be ready for the work. Be committed, be patient, and maybe take a couple of privates to get started positively. The studio vibe is great. We love the sincerity and commitment of all the staff. True believers. My wife and I are very glad to be a small part of the River Flow success story. - Gary
Yoga Benefits All Aspects of Who You Are
Yoga is very effective in improving and maintaining positive mental, psychological, and cognitive abilities. Through the postures and focused breathe work, practitioners can clear tension and stress, reduce anxiety and depression, enhance memory and concentration, prevent the onset of complex mental health conditions, and even reduce the effects of traumatic experiences.
A consistent yoga practice will cultivate greater awareness and a calmer mind, which, in turn, will provide great value to your life off the mat.
A consistent yoga practice can help you achieve many positive physical benefits including increased flexibility, improved posture and alignment, weight loss, increased muscle strength and tone, enhanced athletic performance, boosted immunity, lowered blood pressure, improved sleep quality, and much more!
Yoga may also assist the healing and rehabilitation process for the injured or those afflicted by chronic or degenerative conditions by helping to reduce discomfort, improve cellular health, increase natural mobility, and boost vital energy flow.
There is a part of us beyond our mental/physical existence that is energetic in nature, and yoga can promote the circumstances in which we become aware of and even consciously connect with this aspect of our self that brings even greater opportunities for healing, clarity, peace, and connection.
The ability to transcend our daily distractions and connect directly with our soul is what gives yoga its depth, giving the practitioner a chance in every class to dig a little deeper, remove obstacles and false beliefs, and live more of their authentic self!