At Blue Ridge Yoga, we strive to offer compassionate yoga to all ages, body shapes, and genders. We are committed to growing a community of yogis who feel supported and nurtured in our beautiful space.
I'm new to yoga, how do I get started?
At Blue Ridge Yoga, we recommend starting with our Beginner class for a solid introduction to the fundamentals of yoga, including basic poses and breath cycle. Our teachers and front desk staff are here to help you find the classes that are the best fit for you! We can make recommendations based on your comfort, desired goal, and ability level. It is never too late to start your yoga practice!
What are the benefits of practicing yoga & meditation?
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Increase flexibility and strength
- Aid in weight loss and toning
- Alleviates high blood pressure (please consult a physician before beginning a course)
- Increase focus and concentration
- Improves balance and circulation
- Develop techniques for calming and quieting the mind and body
New to the studio? Check out our amazing lineup of classes:
How is yoga different than "working out"?
In regular sports and workout programs, we are trained to push ourselves and bodies to the limit in order to achieve results. The purpose of yoga is to silence the voices of negativity, “I’m not strong enough, fast enough, skinny enough,” into voices of acceptance. Beating ourselves up mentally is the antithesis of yoga practice – yoga seeks to help us transcend our challenges instead of being hindered by them. The principals and practice of yoga help us to learn about ourselves and our physical & mental attributes, then in turn, helps us to carry that compassion and awareness off our mat and into our daily lives.
Our goal in class is acceptance; who you are, where you are, and practicing more contentment with what is. We explore all the areas of our body and its connection to our mind. There is no winning, there is no losing, there is only mindfulness and the offering to yourself to be your best, rather than trying to be the best. There is such a difference between self-awareness and self-critique – contentment is the ability to acknowledge our self-judgments, be thankful for them, and then let them go.
Our two guiding principles to think about in your practice are sukha and sthira:
Sukha means lightness, ease & comfort.
Sthira means steadiness and alertness.
The search for both of these qualities within our practice and in each pose is the key to contentment.
Can I do yoga if I'm injured?
Yoga can be a great aid for recovery but needs to be managed by a physician and addressed with caution – consult your physician before beginning any practice – Blue Ridge Yoga is not responsible or liable for injuries, and you must sign a disclosure form before beginning practice within our community.
- Blue Ridge Yoga is an adult oriented atmosphere; therefore we do not allow children under the age of 14 years into the studio.
- Students under 18 must have an adult accompany them to the studio for their first class and are admitted at the discretion of Blue Ridge Yoga.
- All class passes and memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable. Please respect our policies. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Checks. We cannot accept credit purchases for under $10. We cannot accept more than $30 in cash.
- We are not responsible for your valuables.
- All students must sign a waiver and are admitted at the discretion of Blue Ridge Yoga.
- The studio closes up to 4 weeks a year for major holidays, select events, and for routine maintenance and studio upgrades.
- Class schedule and prices are subject to change without notice.
- Please arrive 20 minutes before your first class to sign in.