New to Yoga

Whether this will be your first yoga class ever or just your first class at Red Dragon, welcome! We’re happy you are here and want to prepare you to have the most positive first experience with us possible.

How To Prepare

Food – it’s best to practice on an empty or nearly-empty stomach. If it’s been many hours since your last meal, a light snack such as fruit or slice of cheese is fine.

Water – it’s important to be well-hydrated before you come to class. Drink water, coconut juice or other light, non-surgary, non-carbonated beverages in the hours leading up to your class.

What To Wear

Loose or moisture-wicking tights or shorts (men and women) and athletic bra tops, tunics or tees (women) that won’t restrict your movements are best. Leave your sweatpants and sweatshirts for after class—they will be too warm in the studio.

What To Bring

  • Yoga mat
  • Towel
  • Water bottle

If you don’t have a yoga mat, no problem! We’ll lend you one of ours for FREE on your first visit. Mats, towels and water are all available for $2 thereafter. Also available for purchase are Yogitoes towels specifically designed for the yoga mat.

What NOT To Bring To Class:

  • Shoes, socks or slippers
  • Cell phones or iPods
  • Heavy, jangly jewelry
  • Food, chewing gum or candy
  • Heavily-scented skin and hair
  • Your pets (only Downward Dogs are allowed in the studio).

Where To Store Your Stuff

Men and women’s changing rooms have personal cubbies and hooks for your personal belongings. Please store valuables in one of our short-term lockers or leave in your car or at home.

What To Expect In The Studio

Make sure to identify yourself as a newcomer to your instructor. This will help him or her assist you and will result in a more enjoyable class. It can be helpful to take a spot in the middle or back of the studio. That way you will be able to see both the instructor and other students moving into the postures in front of you.

That said, BE PATIENT and GENTLE with yourself. Do not compare yourself to other students or attempt to go further into postures than you feel ready to. Getting used to the heat will come surprisingly quickly. If you feel overwhelmed at any time during class, go into Child’s Pose for as long as you need to.

What To Do After Class

Be sure to drink lots of water directly after class and when you get home. Take a warm bath in epsom salts to prevent any muscle soreness.