First time in the studio? Try starting with 3 weeks of unlimited yoga for $30! Not a bad deal eh?
As a stressed out, overworked, underpaid teacher, I found yoga to be a way to cope. If I got my yoga in, I was able to make it through the week with more energy, halfway sane, and a little more patient. I was able to sacrifice a small amount of time and still get sweating, challenge my balance, work my flexibility, and get my bliss on. I'm a bit of a recovering full-schedule addict, so it was an efficient use of time!
Yoga was originally developed as a meditation method in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. It has deep roots! The earliest mention of yoga is in the Vedas, a set of four texts about living a lifestyle of wisdom and worship. Yoga postures were a way to prepare the body for meditation, self-study, and connection with a higher power. Yoga was brought to the west in the early 1900s and it has since grown and spread, as several leaders and gurus developed a following for different types of yoga and philosophies.
People try yoga for different reasons. A regular practice can help with weight loss, blood pressure regulation, headaches, joint mobility, anger management, stress-related symptoms, and much more. But you might also find, along the way, things you don't expect- like a new awareness of your breathing, a really fun, great group of people, or a way to be more present, mindful, or spiritual in the midst of your day-to-day grind.
Where do I start?
If it's your first time, download the free Mindbody app and make yourself a profile. Or feel free to stop by the studio anytime we're open, or just come in 15 minutes before your first class. You don't have to Sign up for classes to come in and enjoy class but it is helpful for us to plan! We'll take your payment, show you around the place, and then you can get your yoga on! Please note: our classes start right on time and we cannot allow anyone in late out of respect for the teacher and the yogis that are getting their meditation on.
We recommend trying a Basics, Gentle, or Mindful movement class if it's your first time doing yoga or it's been a while. Basics, Gentle, and Mindful movement classes are great for beginners and will include slow and relaxing, but with a little stretching, movement strengthening, and balancing. You can also try our Yin yoga classes for just deep stretching or our Rest and restore and Nidra classes for a more restful, meditative practice. Classes with 'Flow' in the name (like Slow flow and Vinyasa flow) are going to be more of a workout and are recommended for those with experience. Want a more active class but you're new to yoga or just getting back into it? Try Intro to flow or Gentle flow!
You can always go to our schedule page and click on the name class for more details about what to expect and to learn more about the teacher. (The 'Grounded' and 'Centered' labels are the names of our two yoga rooms.) Our 'Soul' classes are our specialty and have Christ-centered elements, including the teacher praying, reading scripture, or playing worship music throughout class. Nope, it's not preachy. Nope, you don't have to be Christian to enjoy. Yes, the yoga is still awesome.
We take off our shoes and socks at the door to leave the floor clean for bare toesies. You're welcome to leave your belongings as well in our cubbies by the door. Our front desk crew will by close by while you practice. Bring a mat if you have one, or borrow one of ours. Try wearing tighter fitting, comfortable clothing so the teacher can see how your body is moving and you can move and breathe easily. Water might be nice to have as well.
What should I expect?
Come in at least 15 minutes before your first class to sign in, drop your shoes and belongings at the door, get a tour, and get the best pick on where you want to put your mat down. Don't have a mat? No problem- borrow one for free and then shop our awesome Manduka mats available in our retail area. Grab a block or two, or maybe a bolster for your Savasana (resting pose) at the end. Sometimes the teacher will have specific props they'll want you to have to be used in class, especially in Yin, Restorative, and Nidra classes.
Important memo: CLASS STARTS RIGHT ON TIME AND WE CANNOT ALLOW LATE-COMERS INTO CLASS. It's just not fair to those that have already started their practice or to the teacher that has already started class. Thanks for understanding!
Every teacher will start class with an introduction and some calm centering and breathing. Then, depending on the type of class, they'll expertly lead the class through a series of movements/poses to gently and safely warm the body. The middle will usually be a little more challenging or focused. Finally, the end will have you slowing down and cooling down. Then we finish every class with a lovely Savasana (or Corpse Pose- our favorite part!), where you lay and rest, release, and relax.
A consistent practice of at least twice a week will help you see (and feel!) a difference in your body, mind, and spirit. We like to encourage a balance of slow, meditative classes (like Yin, Restorative, and Nidra) with more active classes to get your muscles warm and heart pumping (like Flow classes)
Where are you located?
Our address is 12240 N 51st Ave in Glendale, Arizona. We are cozied up on the Northwest corner of 51st Avenue and Cactus Avenue, across from Albertson's and in the same complex as Jimbo's.
More sweet reasons you should choose us:
Complimentary towel service for all your sweaty moments
Tea and water available
Borrow a mat for free if you need one
Teachers pay attention and care about you and your practice
Young Living Essential oils mat spray available
Classes for any body and any schedule
We listen! We design our schedule, classes, and events around what the people want. (See our email below to give us some feedback.)
Woman-owned and woman-supported (men welcome of course!)