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

We strive to make our classes feel like a welcome place for beginners. We remember our first yoga experience and strive to make sure students feel at ease about arrival in our Livestream and Outdoor classes (when weather permits).

If you’re new to yoga, we recommend reading through this entire page in addition to the etiquette page. Additionally, Julia Jonson teaches a 6-week beginner series (based on interest and available space). If interested in scheduling, email julia@tbyyoga.com. For first-time students, the Restorative & Gentle format is recommended. Visit our Schedule for times, dates, and payment information. 

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear 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. We recommend having a yoga mat, a strap, two blocks, and a blanket. Please call or email Julia (julia@tbyyoga.com or 773-706-2833) who will guide you in purchasing props.

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 is perfect for beginners. Teacher Julia Jonson 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 6-week beginner series by request. 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 classes for $20 each and also offer class bundles at a slightly discounted rate. Please note that classes are hybrid meaning you can practice via Zoom or in-person at Life Force Health Center in Mundelein. See the Prices page for details.  For Morning Coffee Wisdom, a meditation/discussion group with Bhante Sujatha, we suggest a donation of $12 per class or more sent directly to Bhante Sujatha. You can find his information on our Schedule page. 

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 a class appropriate for your level of practice.  Again, we offer beginner series by request and require a minimum of five students. 

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.