Yoga nurtures health and well-being on every level – body, mind and spirit. Yoga postures develop a balance of flexibility and strength, while also cultivating body awareness. The typical components of a class; postures (asana), attention to breath (pranayama), concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana) and relaxation help relieve stress and move one toward emotional balance, mental clarity and inner peace.
As a newcomer to yoga, what class should I start with?
Gentle/Restorative or Beginner/Level 1 classes are a great place to start. You can then use this as a gauge to determine whether this is the right class/level for you. Please check out the class descriptions for more details as to what each class offers, or feel free to contact the studio at (973)838-9642.
What class would be best for prenatal yoga?
Gentle, Beginner and Kripalu classes are well suited for expectant moms. The Kripalu style is known for its gentle approach, and lends itself well to the special needs of the prenatal student.
What should I expect when I come in for my first visit?
Expect a warm and welcoming environment filled with supportive and knowledgeable teachers. Please come 15 minutes early for your first visit so that you can fill out a new student registration form and we can show you around the studio. Shoes are left in the cubbies upon entering the space, where you can choose to also store any additional belongings. Alternatively, there is a coat rack located behind the front desk wall with another set of cubbies below. Should you need to change, a dressing room is available. We look forward to meeting you!!
Do I have to sign up in advance for a class on your schedule?
While you are welcome to sign-up for class online in advance, it is certainly not required.
What are my class payment options?
Please enjoy your first class at Highland Yoga for free!! Pricing and options for individual, 5, 10 and 20 class packages, 2 different unlimited plans, and our newcomer’s one month special are detailed on our Rates page. We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard and Discover.
What should I wear?
Bare feet and clothing that allows you to breathe and move comfortably will serve you best during your yoga practice. Keep in mind when choosing a top that you may be upside down at some point during the practice!
What should I bring?
Yourself and a smile…..a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water may be helpful too. : )
Do you rent mats?
We have mats available for use without charge. If practicing regularly, most students will opt to purchase a mat of their own. We offer a wide variety of mats for purchase here at the studio, or you may do so elsewhere.
Yoga Etiquette? How to best honor yourself and your fellow yogis/yoginis:
- As your body will be happiest if it’s not expending energy digesting while practicing, consider enjoying a 2 hour food-free window prior to the start of class.
- Arriving 5-10 minutes before the beginning of class enables you to ease into your practice peacefully. This also allows for time to speak to your teacher about any injuries or special health conditions; making your practice safer and more enjoyable.
- If you arrive just as class is beginning, please enter and unroll your mat quietly (it is best not to enter if more than 10 minutes late). Likewise, if it is necessary to leave class early, please do so mindfully and prior to Savasana.
- Please refrain from using cellphones, and turn off or set all electronics to silent.
- As there may be a massage or class in session, please keep conversations quiet when arriving for or leaving after class.
- While we all enjoy smelling lovely, and certainly appreciate the use of deodorant, please honor your fellow yogis/yoginis with a more sensitive palette by refraining from the use of strong smelling perfumes.
When should I move on to a more advanced class?
When you are feeling grounded and comfortable with the elements in the classes you are taking presently, you may encounter the desire to explore other offerings. Please feel free to do so, knowing that our teachers will always encourage you to honor your own body’s wisdom.