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While yoga can provide relaxation and many other benefits, coming to a class at a yoga studio can be stressful and intimidating, especially if you have never been to one before. 

You may be unsure about quite a few things, such as what you should wear and bring, whether you should keep your socks on, and what you should do with your phone. 

Worry not! Below are a few tips to help you come to your first yoga class without any extra worries or concerns. 

Refining triangle yoga pose (Trikonasana)

Refining Triangle Pose: The 3 Primary Triangles in Trikonasana

You could explore Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) for a lifetime and still continue to feel new sensations. Each time you practice, you can create profound awareness in both your body and breath. An aspect of... Read more
Older women in meditation pose

Keys to Making Your Yoga Practice a Lifelong Partner

My lifelong yoga practice began in 1982. I was, of course, much younger then. I don’t know that it ever crossed my mind that I might someday enter my 50s or even my 60s. But once I began practicing asana, from... Read more
Julie Gudmestad practicing hip-opening yoga

Safe Hip Opening for Everyone

Hip openers are a powerful group of poses, but not easily accessible to everyone. In this month's YogaU Practice Series, join renowned yoga teachers Julie Gudmestad, Doug Keller, and Natasha Rizopoulos as they... Read more
A woman in Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana), healthy alignment

Keys to Healthy Alignment in Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

The dog poses, Downward-Facing Dog ( Adho Mukha Svanasana ) and Upward-Facing Dog ( Urdvha Mukha Svanasana ), are among the most commonly practiced postures in yoga classes. For some people, they are freeing... Read more

Aqua Yoga: For an Accessible Yoga Practice, Just Add Water

The mechanics of maintaining good posture and moving energy in our aging bodies can prove taxing at times. With our senior population expanding, maybe it’s time to look at alternative ways or places to... Read more

The Sixth Limb of Yoga: Dharana

Have you ever been so fully focused on what you were doing that the rest of the world seemed to fall away? It might have happened when you were engrossed in a page-turner, playing your favorite instrument,... Read more
An anatomical diagram of the origin of pelvic pain (a literal pain in the butt) and several yoga moves you can do to stretch the area

3 Types of Pain in the Butt (and What You Can Do About Them)

Having a literal pain in the butt is not a fun experience; it can make walking, sitting and sleeping difficult and uncomfortable. It is certainly something that one would want gone as soon as possible, yet... Read more

Yoga for the Wrists: How to Protect Your Wrists in Yoga Practice

One of the most common complaints for beginning yoga students is that their wrists hurt when doing yoga. And no wonder: The wrist is one of the most delicate joints in the body. I remind my yoga students at... Read more

How to Choose a Yoga Style to Fit Your Intention

Yoga is the practice of intention. That doesn’t necessarily mean that your intention has to be enlightenment or world peace (although excellent choices); your intention—or rather your reason for doing yoga—can... Read more
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How Your Breath Affects Your Nervous System

One little known fact about yogic breathing techniques concerns their profound effects on the autonomic nervous system. Extending or lengthening the exhalation is a powerful way to trigger the parasympathetic... Read more