Here are answers to a few often-asked questions and some tips on what to expect on your first yoga class at Yoga Salinas.
An open mind! Everything you need for your practice is provided at the studio. You may want to obtain your own yoga mat if you decide to continue with your yoga practice. If you are borrowing a mat, just ask the teacher for the mat when you arrive. If you're coming directly from work, restrooms are available for a change of clothes. We also have water, tea, and chocolate available in the hallway – the essentials!
Wear comfortable clothing. Tank tops, t-shirts, and stretchy pants or sweatpants – anything that is light and allows the body to move with ease will work. Whatever you wear, you will want it to stay put while you move. Vinyasa classes may be heated. Gentle classes and meditation classes may be cooler. You can always layer and bring a light sweater to your mat.
The best class for first-time yoga students is Beginner’s Yoga, Mondays at 4:30 p.m. Cindy Davis will give you the tips and tricks and break down the yoga-lingo, so you feel confident branching out and trying the other classes. Your next bet would be, anything with the word “gentle” in it. Gentle classes are slow-moving and alignment-based. Your instructors will make sure you have your alignment in order to practice safely and comfortably. Once you are ready for some heat, try a Vinayasa or Flow
We highly recommend signing up in advance online, as some of our classes do have limited capacity. You can purchase your classes with a credit card on our website through the Mindbody system. The first time, you will be prompted to make an account and sign a waver. After that, you can log from your phone with the app or a computer through our website or directly through the Mindbody site. Pro Tip: Bookmark the login page for easy access. We do accept cash, checks, or cards from walk-ins as well.
If it’s your first time to the studio, your best deal is the New Student Special: ten consecutive classes for $20. This way you can sample the menu and find the best classes for you based on your style and schedule. Yoga Salinas has three basic payment options drop-ins, class packs, and memberships.
You may drop-in and pay for a single class
You can purchase five or ten class packs at a discounted rate (best for the student coming to class 1-2 times per week).
We offer one-month, three-month, and yearly memberships.
Any amount of practice is beneficial. Better to do something than nothing! “Yoga once a week will change your mind, yoga twice a week will change your body, yoga three times a week will change your life.” Yoga means alignment. What works best with your schedule, life, energy level? When in doubt, start slow and build your practice gradually.
At Yoga Salinas, our motto is “Yoga for every body.” We value accessibility, community, and well-being above all. Yoga is not about how you look, but about how you feel. And every body deserves to feel healthy, balanced, and strong. Yogis come in ALL sizes and shapes. Most of us are a little older, rounder, and stiffer as we age. If you are new to yoga or are returning to taking care of yourself, our teachers will help show you how to move safely within your current range of motion and to find j
Start with a mat. They vary in thickness. Do your knees complain during low lunges? Try a thicker mat. Mats come at all kinds of price points. If it’s your first mat, start with something inexpensive until you learn what you prefer. Blocks come in cork or foam. Eye pillows are great – you can make your own or buy them scented or unscentedStraps are pretty basic and inexpensive. Experiment. Just like yoga poses, find the supports that work best for you.