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New Student Guide

Welcome to Living Yoga

We know starting yoga and joining a new studio can sometimes feel intimidating.  That’s why we created this New Student Guide to help you make the most of out of your first visit. We’ll be here to support you as you embark on this chapter of your journey.  Ready to take that first step?

Special Offer

First Month Of Unlimited Yoga Classes Is Just $60

If you’ve never been to the studio before, take advantage of our New Student Trial Membership

During your first month, you can take an unlimited number of classes for just $60.  Mat and towel rentals are also included for free.

This membership is designed to help you sample lots of classes.  That way, you can find the teachers and yoga styles that suit you best.  It will also help you develop a consistent yoga practice.

If you decide this membership isn’t for you, simply cancel it during your trial month.  No hard feelings!

But if you decide to continue beyond the trial month, the membership renews at a discounted rate of $125/month.  By comparison, our standard unlimited membership is $145/month — so this is a really great bargain!

Studio Tours

IN-PERSON

Take a guided tour of the studio with our owner. He’ll be happy to answer all of your questions during this free, 15-minute session.

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VIRTUAL

Watch this short video of our studio, to give you a better idea of what our space looks like before your first visit.

Classes For Beginners

If you are brand new to the yoga practice, these are the classes we recommend.  They are either specifically designed for beginners, or go at a pace where beginners can generally keep up.

Beginners are also welcome in our All-Levels classes, where they can practice alongside more experienced yogis.  While the All-Levels classes are a little more challenging, they also give beginners a great opportunity to learn tips and tricks from people who’ve been doing yoga for awhile.  Teachers can also offer variations and modifications to those who need them.

A woman uses a block under her head while laying down on her mat and resting in corpse pose.

Back To Basics

Focus on basic poses, pranayama and meditation practices that yogis will return to time and time again. Flexibility is is not required! Beginners will build a foundation for a lifelong practice. Experienced students will also benefit by refining their alignment and techniques in preparation for more advanced poses.

Friday Night Remedy

After a stressful workweek, this class will leave you feeling blissful and renewed. Stretch out and unwind with gentle asanas in our hot room (95º F). The heat helps release tension and tightness trapped deep in the muscles. This class ends with 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra, an ancient guided meditation practice done lying down.

Flow & Restore

Find that perfect balance between movement and rest.  Beginning with a flowing vinyasa sequence, participants in this class will generate heat internally.  That is then followed by relaxing restorative poses, which allow you to cool the muscles and recharge your batteries. Your mind, body and soul will be grateful.

Hot Yin Yoga

Go on an a vast inward journey, exploring the physical, emotional and psychological sensations unleashed when your body stays in a posture for several minutes at a time. Savor each pose, most of which are done sitting or lying down on your mat. The room is only heated to 95º F and feels like a typical Summer day.

Lunch Express

A shorter flowing practice that packs many of the benefits of our vinyasa classes into your lunch hour. Because it’s just 45 minutes long, this class is perfect for those who work nearby and need a midday break between meetings and Zoom calls. You’ll feel that extra boost of energy to power you through the rest of the day.

Release & Recharge

Time for some self-care!  This class combines three soothing and therapeutic yoga practices.  Yin Yoga uses long holds to release tension trapped deep in the body. Restorative Yoga uses blankets and bolsters for support and stability. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation done lying down to achieve a state of deep relaxation. 

Yin & Flow

Enjoy the meditative qualities of Yin Yoga and the energizing sequences of Vinyasa in the same class. During Yin portion of class, body weight and gravity are used to ease muscles into deep streches. In the Flow portion, a dynamic series of asanas will improve strength and endurance. Feel rejuvenated inside and out!

Practice Tips

Take a spot near the teacher so you can see and hear them clearly.

Let the teacher know if you have any medical issues (injuries, pregnancy, recent surgery) that might affect your ability to practice.

Put your cell phone away once class starts.  Turn it off or put it on silent mode.

Ask questions anytime you are confused or something doesn’t feel right.  Feel free to request modifications or more accessible variations of a pose.

Listen to your body. Learn the difference between discomfort (good) and pain (bad). Long, deep breaths will help you hold the pose.

You’re not expected to know how to do all the poses.  The class is not a competition, so it’s ok if you can’t do some poses that others can.  Give it time and allow nature to run its course.

Use your best effort in each posture, but do so without any expectations or judgment about the results. Your class will be much more enjoyable.

Whenever you feel exhausted or lightheaded, go into child’s pose or lie down on your mat.  You can rejoin the class once you’re ready.

If you feel stiff and sore the next day, do more yoga!  Movement and stretching is great for achey muscles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still do yoga if I'm not strong or flexible?

Of course!  In fact, that’s the reason many people decide to practice yoga — because they want to get stronger or more flexible.  After just a few classes, you’ll begin to see a difference in how your body moves.

Should I book my class in advance?

We strongly recommend it.  If it’s your first class with us, creating your account and booking your spot ahead of time will save you several minutes of waiting at the front desk.  We’ll be able to get you settled into your class that much more quickly.

In addition, some of our classes are regularly at or near full capacity.  We may not be able to admit you into a class if all the spots are already taken.

Do you have hot yoga classes?

Yes!  We offer several hot yoga classes every day.  Some of them are good for beginners, others are a little more challenging.  If you’re never done yoga before, it’s probably a good idea to try our regular and warm offerings first, before jumping into some of the hotter, more challenging classes.  Learn more about our heated offerings, and how to prepare for them, here.

I don't have a yoga mat. Do I need to buy one?

No.  You can rent one of ours for $3.  If you sign up for the New Student Trial Membership, the mat rental is free.

What should I wear? How should I prepare?

Wear something light and stretchy.  Clean gym clothes will do the trick. Avoid heavy sweats because they will bunch up during certain poses and get in your way.

Please also be mindful that many people are allergic or sensitive perfumes, colognes and other strong odors.  Try to come to class cleaned and groomed.

Should I eat before class?

Yoga postures are best done on an empty stomach. We recommend not eating anything 2 hours before your class starts.  If you need to eat something before class, try some fruit or another light snack.

What time should I arrive?

If it’s your first visit, it’s a good idea to show up about 15 minutes before the class starts. That way, we can show you around, get you settled in, and introduce you to your teacher.

If you haven’t signed up in advance, please arrive even earlier.  It will take us a few minutes to register you in the system and check you in.

What if I'm running late?

Please call us at (718) 261-9642 to let us know you’re running late.  That way, we’ll know not to give your spot to someone on the wait list. 

If you are going to be more than 10 minutes late, we can’t let you into the class for safety reasons.

Once you arrive, don’t enter the room until after the Om and opening meditation is completed.

Do you have showers or locker rooms?

No, we don’t.  Our regulars prefer to shower in the privacy of their own home.  We do have changing stalls you can use to get in and out of your yoga clothes.

Are there parking spots nearby?

Metered street parking is available around the studio.  However, we’re on a very busy part of Queens.  Parking spaces are often hard to find, especially in the mornings.  You may spend 30 minutes or more searching for a spot, so please budget plenty of time.  It’s a good idea to take public transportation whenever possible.

Where can I put my bicycle?

There are several public bike racks outside the studio where you can lock up your bicycle.  We are not responsible for the security of those racks and bikes, however.

Are you near the subway?

Absolutely!  It’s the best way to get to the studio.  We are just steps away from the Kew Gardens – Union Turnpike stop on the E/F subway lines.  If you’re traveling eastbound, exit at the rear of the platform.  If you’re traveling westbound, get off at the front of the train. We are located on the southwest corner of Queens Boulevard and 78th Avenue.

Is it OK if I leave the class early?

To get the full benefits of the practice, it’s always a good idea to stay for the entire class, especially the closing savasana, when your body has a chance to recharge and recover.

If you absolutely have to leave, please let the instructor know at the beginning of class.  Set up your mat near the door so you can make a discreet exit.  Leave quietly before the class settles into savasana and don’t disturb others on your way out.

What To Bring To Your Yoga Class

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Yoga mat (or rent one at the studio)

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Water or beverage of choice

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Towels (or rent them at the studio)

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Clean clothes to wear during class 

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A wilingness to try something new