New Students

We are a friendly and welcoming community of yoga practitioners of all levels and ages.  We host a wide variety of classes designed to meet a range of needs and interests.  Do feel free to be in touch with any questions you may have about taking classes with us.

Signing up for classes

There are only a few classes on our schedule that require pre-registration. These are denoted by a ** on our schedule. All other classes are available for drop-in. There is no need to sign up in advance for these and you are welcome to begin at any time during the session.

Your first day

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to meet your teacher and get acquainted with the studio (this makes it possible to complete necessary paperwork and get you settled before class begins). We have mats and props available for your use though you are also welcome to bring your own if you prefer. No special attire is required — any comfortable clothing will do!

Where to start?

If you are new to yoga, Friday morning Gentle Kripalu Yoga, Tuesday evening Yin Yoga, Thursday evening Slow Flow Yoga, or Sunday Morning Yoga are good places to begin. Some students prefer to schedule an individual session prior to a first class. This is not necessary but can be a great way to accquaint yourself with the studio and practice prior to beginning your classes. Feel free to contact Kate via phone or email to schedule a session or to discuss which class might be a good fit for you.

Is Yoga riKate Aspiringght for me?

Yoga is a wonderful preventive health and spiritual growth practice, and it can be adapted to meet the various needs of a wide range of bodies and situations. Yoga may not be suitable for certain health conditions and is not recommended during acute injury. If you have an injury or chronic health condition, please check in with your physician first to learn whether yoga is considered a good fit for you. Your physician or physical therapist can give you guidelines about which actions or shapes to avoid. Once you've done this, your teacher will be happy to make alternative suggestions for postures that are more suitable for you. At Shelburne Falls Yoga, we encourage students to modify practices in any way, whether in response to a physician's recommendation or in response to your own intuition about what is and is not working for you. It is important to remember that your yoga instructor is not trained to diagnose injuries or health conditions and must refrain from doing so in order to remain within an ethical scope of our practice.