new to yoga?

come on in and explore and connect with what it means to be fully alive!

Cheers to New Beginnings! Here are a few notes that will help you get started but feel free to email or call us with any questions.

what is yoga anyway?

Simple. Yoga is one of the world’s oldest wisdom traditions and a way to bring self-awareness to your mind, body, and spirit. It is intended to awaken your life force. Yoga is not a religion. By moving your body and being fully present, here are just a few of the benefits of yoga:
  • Stretched and toned muscles
  • Release of tension and stress
  • Calm restless thoughts
  • Cultivate concentration and confidence
  • Encourage self-acceptance
  • Honor inner wisdom
  • Invite deep peace

what will class be like?

No matter what shape you’re in, you can enjoy the balance, peace and self-awareness that yoga brings. All teachers at Mindful Elephant are certified and experienced in a variety of yoga styles and teaching methods, and they will always appreciate and respect your unique needs. We practice and encourage an environment free of judgment.

do I have to stand on my head and breathe like a lion?

It is always your practice and it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. Many yogis practice for years and years and a head or hand stand is not part of their practice. Everything is always optional, including breathing techniques and chanting OM. You should always honor your body and do what feels right for you. And whatever that is will always be respected in class.

what if I have an injury or something else going on in my body?

First step is to always ask your doctor if physical activity is okay. If doctor gives you the okay, you can share your concerns with the teacher when you arrive for class. Just remember yoga teachers are not doctors, so you have to listen to your body and do what is right for you. Strain and sharp pain are never part of yoga.

how do I get started?

You can purchase the New to Studio Special ($39 for 30 days unlimited) online to use for any of the group classes, and then you’re off to being the best version of you in mind, body & spirit! You can also check the schedule for the next Introduction to Yoga Workshop and join us for this workshop to get you started in the practice of yoga, or to take you back to the basics if you've practiced previously.

For any class, let the teacher know you are new to yoga and don’t be surprised if they get really excited there is a new yogi in the world!

when can I arrive and how old do I have to be?

We know, we can’t wait either! The studio doors will open 15 - 20 minutes before each class starts. Best arrival time is 10-15 minutes before class so you can settle in and get ready for your practice.

Regular group classes are designed for adults age 18 and over. 13 - 17 year olds are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian.

what do I do when I walk in the door?

Smile! Once you enter you will sign-in at the desk with the friendly face there to greet you. Let us know you’re new to the studio and we’ll give you all the details and answer any questions to make sure you have what you need.

The studio is shoe and cell phone free, so place your shoes and belongings in a cubby before entering the studio room. Socks are okay in the studio.

Peace is beautiful and we respect it. We ask you do the same and turn off your cell phone.

can I walk in singing a song?

We are happy you’ve arrived and wish we could express our delight by singing along with you. However, many yogis arrive and begin their practice before class starts, so please maintain low voice volumes and quietly enter the studio room. Remember your mat is your sacred space. Be mindful, it’s part of the practice.

what do I bring?

  • A mat. If you don’t have one, that’s okay. On your first visit your mat rental is on us! Mat rentals are available for $2 on future visits. Wonderful Jade mats are available for purchase in the studio.
  • Reusable water bottle. If you don’t have one or you forget, you can purchase one in the studio, and they are so cute they are sure to make you smile.
  • Some yogis also like to have a hand towel in case things get sweaty, but it’s a personal preference. If you decide you want one, super soft and absorbent Jade towels are available for purchase.

what do I wear?

Yoga doesn’t care what your hair looks like. Yoga doesn’t care if you wear Lululemon or Prana. Yoga doesn’t care if you shave your armpits. Yoga doesn’t care if you have a man bun. Yoga doesn’t care if you wear mala beads.

Yoga is just happy you show up. Wear whatever is comfortable to you to move in. Men should wear a shirt or tank, and if shorts are shorter than mid-thigh then biker/spandex shorts underneath is best. There is dedicated space for you to change into your comfy clothes.

can I find a date for Saturday?

We would love nothing more than for you to find your sweetheart in one of our yoga classes! We just ask that you let them fall in love with the unscented version of you. Please be mindful of not wearing perfume, scented lotions or essential oils. Your neighboring yogi might be allergic or have aromatic sensitivities.

where do I leave all my stuff during class?

First and foremost, leave your precious jewels and wads of cash at home. Cubbies are available for your stuff and the entrance door to the studio will be locked during class. Keep in mind that Mindful Elephant is not responsible for lost or stolen items. For your comfort and safety, please, no cell phones or bags in the studio room.

where do I park?

2 hour street parking is available on 20th St. and around the neighborhood, in addition to metered parking on other surrounding streets. Just make sure you allow enough time to read, reread and reread again the lovely parking signs to ensure you don’t come out of class with a note from PPA. If you do get a note, make sure you sign up for tomorrow’s class to relieve the stress.

do I have to sign-up online?

Give yourself peace of mind by signing-up online and know that your spot is reserved. This also makes your check-in super speedy so you can get right to your mat. If this is not an option for you, arrive at least 15 minutes early to class to potentially grab any remaining spots. Open spots are allotted on a first come, first serve basis.

what if I arrive late?

If this happens, we’ll be sad we didn’t get to practice with you. Out of respect for other yogis and the teacher, no late arrivals will be permitted. All classes start and end at scheduled time. Best arrival time is 10-15 minutes before class starts so you can settle in and get ready for your practice.

what if I need to leave early?

Well, that is kind of like skipping dessert or not taking the medal when you win the race. You miss the most delicious, sweet, rewarding part of your practice. To respect the peaceful and meditative state of other yogis, we ask that you not leave class early unless you have a medical emergency.

should I chow down before class?

It is best to wait one to two hours after a meal before practicing.