“Let today be the start of something new.” -Anonymous

We strive to make our studio feel like a welcome place for beginners. We all remember our first yoga experience and want TBY Yoga to feel like a place where you can learn and grow.

In addition to offering our Intro to Yoga series several times per year, we have more than 20 beginner level classes on our schedule each week. We guarantee each one of our teachers will make you feel at home and guided whether it’s your first class or your 91st class.

For further questions about our beginner level classes call Julia at 773-706-2833.

Also, read our Studio Etiquette Page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear and bring and how do I sign up?

Wear comfortable clothing to class such as shorts, leggings or yoga pants. Please keep jewelry and perfume to a minimum. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks as yoga is practiced with bare feet. It is recommended that you refrain from eating at least 2 hours before class. If you do have food, make sure to eat lightly. Please bring your own yoga mat and other props. Due to Covid-19, we are currently unable to supply any assistive gear. Email support@totalbodyyoga.com and we can assist you in purchasing props. You must sign up for classes ahead of time on our website as each in-person class has a size limit.

What is yoga?

Yoga is a comprehensive wellness system that addresses all aspects of a person: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. Yoga is a Sanskrit word derived from the root yuj meaning to bind together or to yoke. The aim of yoga is to unite the powers of the mind, body and emotions under the guidance of your own intelligence. Yoga can provide myriad ways to gain balance in your daily life. The postures can help you to overcome the limitations of the body and mind. Yoga, in its many forms, cultivates overall wellness, which includes physical fitness, stress relief, inner peace, and spiritual growth. Read more about yoga in our blog.

What is Hatha yoga?

Hatha yoga, the most common type of yoga done in Western culture, unites breath, body and mental focus. If practiced regularly, hatha yoga has numerous benefits including better posture, a healthier heart and much more. The meditative quality of yoga can even alter brain waves.

Which classes are good for beginners?

Our Restorative & Gentle, Gentle Basics and Basics classes are perfect for beginners. Teachers will guide you through simple sequences that will help you relax, calm your central nervous system, increase flexibility and help to strengthen your body. We also offer Intro to Yoga, a 3-part series for beginners, several times throughout the year. For more information contact our Creative & Programming Director Julia at 773-706-2833 or julia@tbyyoga.com

How much does it cost?

We offer single Online/Livestream classes for $12 each. We offer single Studio/In-Person classes for $18 each. We do offer packages based on these rates that are slightly discounted. However, before you purchase, make sure you understand our expiration policy. If an expiration date doesn’t fit your needs we suggest just sticking to single classes.

How often should I practice yoga?

You can practice yoga every day. It is important to take responsibility for your own yoga practice. Instead of seeing your time on the mat at a workout, think of your time spent practicing as a way to gain a better understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection. It’s important to choose classes that are appropriate for your level of practice. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask any of our skilled teachers. See our full schedule under the Classes section of our website and select a teacher in our About section.

What are the benefits of yoga?

The benefits of yoga are too numerous to list and this ancient discipline is gaining the respect of the Western medical community. If practiced regularly (at least 3 times per week), yoga can improve sleep, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, strengthen muscles and bones, increase both physical and mental flexibility, calm the central nervous system, ward off aging and much more. While the list of benefits is lengthy, perhaps the top reason to adopt a disciplined practice is peace of mind.

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