New to Yoga?

If you are new to yoga, it is ideal to start with a Basics, Level I, Gentle Flow, or Kundalini class.  The beginning classes are designed to take the mystery out of how to move the body with understanding and without pain. For students returning after a hiatus, a Basics class is a great way to start. Yoga is non-competitive, and the primary concept is to develop a deeper understanding of yourself while in the poses, as well as your challenges in terms of strength, flexibility and endurance. At the Center for Yoga and Center for Yoga Sanctuary you will progress steadily, safely and at your own pace with our talented teachers.

In a Beginning Yoga class, you can expect the teacher to provide clear instructions both verbally and visually, so you “experience” each pose before practicing. During instruction, you will see how the use of various props (block, belt, chair, or blanket) will help you achieve each asana/posture. In a beginning flow class you can expect to move at a slower gentler pace that accommodates your learning of the linked poses. You can expect your muscles to feel awakened and energized, or soothed, as each asana/posture addresses different muscle groups both through strengthening and stretching. The use of breath is a key component in the yoga practice and is introduced in some of your first classes.

There is no pre-requisite to join a Beginning Yoga class, simply a sense of curiosity and adventure!

Below is information to assist you on your first visit to Center for Yoga, Movement and Massage, and Center for Yoga Sanctuary:


  • Come to class 5-10 minutes early so we can begin class on time.
  • If it is your first time, you will need to fill out a waiver and health form, so plan a few extra minutes.
  • Center for Yoga is a perfume free environments, so please refrain from wearing perfume or scented lotions to class.
  • Please remove and place shoes/boots in designated areas. We request that no outside/street shoes may be worn inside the building beyond the entryways.
  • Please do NOT leave valuables in coat and shoe area. Bring them into the studio with you. There are shelves available in the studios to place your valuables should you bring them.
  • Please do NOT leave valuables in your car.
  • Please turn off cell phones and put them away.
  • Enter and create your space quietly. When chatting before class, use a quiet voice. Many arrive early to meditate before practice. Be fair, be quiet.
  • Yoga is non-competitive. Listen to your body and breath; understand when you are at your edge. Be sure to let the instructor know if you have any injuries, limitations, or if yoga is new to you.
  • If you are feeling any serious discomfort during or after class, please speak with your instructor.
  • Please put away props neatly after class. Fold blankets neatly, and stack fringe side in.
  • Bring your own mat, if possible.


  • Wear comfortable clothing that will allow the instructor to see your alignment. 
  • Avoid bulky jewelry; if possible, take off your watch. 
  • Come with clean feet, we practice with bare feet.

Food and Water:

  • An empty stomach is most conducive. 
  • If you must eat - we recommend only eating a light meal an hour before class, or for a heavy meal, eat a few hours before class.
  • Drink plenty of water before and after class. 
  • Please leave water bottles in the entry or on the shelves in the studio.

Entry To Studios:

Center for Yoga - East Lansing

  • East entrance is for Studios 3 and Cindy Swain's office. 
  • West entrance is for Studios 1 and 2 and East Lansing Pilates.

 It is advisable to bring your own yoga mat. Though we do not charge for mat use, it is a good choice to bring your own.