126 S. River Road, Bedford, NH 03110
Phone: (603)935-7295 | Email: zinzenyoga@outlook.com

 

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Etiquette & Guidelines:


  • Please remove your shoes upon entering the studio.

  • All our classes start on time.  Doors to the studio are locked at the start of class.  Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to class starting if you are a new student or 5-10 minutes prior to the start of class for existing students in order to allow yourself time to get in and settled prior to the start of class.

  • Practice Satya or “purity of speech” as you enter the studio (be mindful).

  • Please be respectful. Turn off cell phones (leave them outside the classroom) and refrain from loud socializing while in the studio.

  • No perfume, cologne or other strong smelling scents. In our yoga practice we focus a lot on our breath work, with deep breathing throughout the class. The smell of commercial lotions, perfumes, cigarette smoke, etc... can interfere with this greatly. Please respect those around you by being considerate of the sense of smell and how it is integrated into the yoga practice, as well as the sensitivity some may have to these scents if they have allergies or asthma. Refrain from putting on scented lotions or perfume until after class; and if you smoke, please try to refrain from smoking before class, as well as bring a clean set of clothes to change into upon arrival, before entering the practice area.

  • We recommend not eating right before the class (ideally no food 2 hours prior to class).

  • Before class begins please inform the teacher of any injuries or conditions you may have so that they can provide appropriate variations or modifications.

  • Classes are at least 1 hour unless otherwise noted on the schedule.  Please make arrangements to attend the entire class and avoid leaving early.

  • Have fun! Zin-Zen Yoga offers a comfortable, non-competitive, caring environment.

 
Ask questions!  The instructors are available to answer questions
before and after classes, or please feel free to call or email us.





 

Are you NEW to yoga?          


 

New to Yoga?  Questions about what to expect?  We have the answers for you!


What is yoga? 

One definition of yoga is the union of two opposites, the “yoking” together of the body and the mind, the balancing of right-left, heating-cooling, masculine-feminine, up-down, contraction-expansion. Yoga embodies not only the physical postures associated with the practice, but also a lifestyle that includes practicing kindness, compassion and patience.

What are the benefits of yoga?

People report experiencing many benefits from a regular yoga practice.  The most common are improved strength and flexibility, improved mental clarity, a reduction of stress and anxiety, better cardiovascular health, improved self esteem and awareness, along with weight loss.

I’m not flexible, how can I do yoga? 

You do not need to be physically flexible to do yoga!  You only need to be mentally flexible and open to new possibilities.  Just show up and focus on letting go, breathing, moving and honoring where you are today.  A regular yoga practice will increase your flexibility and improve your shape.  There is a reason yoga is referred to as a “practice”!  If a pose is uncomfortable for you, feel free to come out of the pose and the instructor will help you with modifications.

What can I expect from my first class?  

Please pre-register for your first class on-line.  Plan to arrive 15 minutes early so an associate can give you a studio tour and help you sign in.  All our instructors are a minimum 200 hour trained and certified.  Modifications for all levels will be offered throughout class, but please read the class descriptions to choose a class level that will be appropriate for you.  If you have any questions about which class to take, please contact us.

What should I wear? 

Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers.  As yoga is practiced barefoot, be sure to remove your shoes and leave them in the studio reception area.  We encourage comfortable, modest attire that allows students to work safely in poses and move freely.  Loose fitted tee shirts are not always the best option, as we do tend to end up upside down from time to  time.

What should I bring?

We suggest that you bring a yoga mat and water.  If you are prone to sweating, a hand towel is a great option as well.  If you do not own a yoga mat, we do  have some available for you to use during class.  We also have all the props that you will need including straps, blocks, bolsters and blankets which you are welcome to use to assist in your practice. 

Should I eat before class?

During class your body is in motion, twisting, turning upside down, bending forward, etc..  It is best to practice on a mostly empty stomach.  Avoid heavy meals 1-2 hours before class or you may be uncomfortable.  If you are concerned about your energy level, we suggest you eat a light snack such as fruit, nuts or yogurt.

Why the “Om” and do I have to participate?

Om (Aum) is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of a yoga practice.  It is said to be the sound of the universe.  If that seems a little bit out in left field for your taste, simply try chanting a-um and let the incredible power of the sound and vibration work for you.  Om will bring your mind to a singular (yet universal) focus.  It may feel strange at first, but give it time and you may find yourself looking forward to those concluding meditative moments of harmonizing voices.  “Om”s are not mandatory and you are perfectly welcome to sit in silence and just take it all in!

Any additional questions that we haven’t answered?  Please just let us know.  We are here for you!

 

The benefits of yoga - With a regular yoga practice you will start to experience its many benefits including: 


·       increased strength and flexibility

·       weight loss

·       muscle tone

·       endurance and vitality

·       improved posture

·       decreased aches and pains

·       better focus

·       calmer mind

·       stress release

·       increased openess of the mind and the body

·       heart-centered living

·       an increased ability to meet the challenges of your daily life

Surely the practice of yoga is worthy of your
valuable time and attention!  Join us!


Beginners Yoga Classes at Zin~Zen Yoga