You’ve probably seen your local studio advertising a Beginner’s Series. They’re a popular way to for people to learn about a new practice, but you might be wondering what is so different between a Beginner Series and a public class?
1. Cumulative Classes
We’ll zero in on a small piece of the larger yoga puzzle, and each class will progressively build on previous classes, which leaves you with a strong foundation to walk into any yoga class you want.
2. Space for questions
Unlike a public class where everyone is silently moving from posture to posture following the teacher’s cues, inquisitive minds are encouraged to explore in this small-class format. Your wrists always hurt when you’re in Downward Facing Dog? Chances are, you’re not the only one, so we can pause as a class together to explore options that might benefit you and several other people in the room.
3. Personal attention
Short of working one-on-one in private sessions, this is one of the best ways to customize your practice. Classes will be limited in size, which will guarantee you’ll learn how to customize the poses for your body, and learn how to effectively use all those props piled around the yoga studio.
Classes usually meet several times over a set time period, which means you’ll not only get to know the teachers, but you’ll also make some friends in your fellow students and travelers on this path of yoga.
Reap the Benefits of a Consistent Practice
Research shows that the physical and psychological benefts you get from one yoga class last for three days. By consistently practicing twice a week for one month, you’ll essentially be riding that yoga high all month long. That will allow you to clearly see how your body and mind react to the structure of a consistent practice. It will also help solidify this healthy new habit and make it easier to keep up once the series is complete.
What are those benefits, you might ask? According to the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health,
“Yogic practices enhance muscular strength and body flexibility, promote and improve respiratory and cardiovascular function, promote recovery from and treatment of addiction, reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, improve sleep patterns, and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.”
Are you interested in learning more about the intersection of research and yoga? Contact me for a free e-book that links to several studies confirming the health benefits of a consistent practice.
I’m looking forward to offering this series here in Tampa Bay in June with Jai Dee Massage & Yoga Studio. I do so hope you’ll be able to join us! The series is on sale for only $75 until May 15th.
You can sign up here