LBX Fitness Yoga classes/sessions are Christian based and open and close with reading a scripture(s) and prayer. We believe in welcoming and inviting the Holy Spirit into our class/sessions. We believe that God will meet us on the mat and open our hearts and ears to hearing from Him. During our sessions we are worshiping God.
Our founding scriptures for believing Christians can do yoga are:
Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV): 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Colossians 3: 15-17 (NKJV): 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV): 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Now that we’ve set some ground rules, let’s jump in!
If you’re new to yoga, going to a class online or face-face in a building can feel a little overwhelming. LBX Fitness welcomes beginner yoga students too Yoga. We want you to remember, Yoga is for any and everyone. We offer different levels of practice that suits everyone. Here are a few things for beginning students to know and consider:
- We encourage beginners to use a chair, blocks, straps or whatever you have to enjoy participating in your Yoga session with us. Feel free to do our free classes online through our YouTube Channel, LBX Fitness to experience our Yoga sessions.
- If you are injured or have physical limitations, yoga may be a perfect tool to assist in returning you to health and vitality. If your injury or condition prevents you from moving easily to the floor and back to standing, consider using a chair or possible your bed if you are participating in an online class.
- Please introduce yourself to the teacher before class begins. Mention any health concerns you might have and let your instructor know this is your first class.
- Our teachers are experienced professionals, but you are the expert on you. Listen to your body! You should not feel sharp, shooting, burning, pinching or numbing sensations while practicing yoga. If you do, release the pose immediately and signal to the teacher so your teacher can help you find support or otherwise adjust your body.
Preparing to Practice
To experience the best experience in every class, please follow the below guidelines:
- Do not eat (or eat lightly) during the 2-hour period before class and avoid caffeinated beverages. Drink plenty of water before and after class.
- Arrive 5-10 minutes before class begins to allow enough time to check in and prepare for class. We try to begin and end all classes on time. If you are new to LBX Fitness, arrive 10-15 minutes before class so we can welcome you and show you our space (if coming to a the face-to-face class).
- Bring a yoga mat, blocks, straps bolster, etc. with you to class. It’s nice to practice in your own space.
- Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing to class – something neither too tight, nor too loose. Leggings or workout shorts work great, along with a fitted top.
- Yoga is best practiced barefoot. If you are feel more comfortable practicing with socks and shoes on, feel free too. We want you to be comfortable during your practice. Being bare foot, allows us to connect more securely with the ground and prevent slipping.
- Feel free to ask questions before/after class to better understand the practice.
- Practice regularly to get the best results. One yoga class each week will feel good, but attending 2-3 classes each week will likely create noticeable and immediate improvements in strength, flexibility and balance. With regular practice, mindfulness and movement practices may help your body heal old injuries and also prevent new injuries. Yoga practice awakens the natural healing powers of your body.
The practice of yoga begins from the moment you enter the classroom. To create the best experience for yourself and others, follow these guidelines when attending a face-to-face class:
- Turn your cell phone to vibrate mode.
- Do not bring food into the studio. Water bottles are permitted and encouraged.
- Avoid wearing perfume, cologne, essential oils or other scented products to class. Scents are often magnified by movement and can actually be toxic to those with allergies or other conditions. Be mindful also of smells, such as smoke or body odor, as these may adversely impact the experience of other students.
- Please speak quietly in hallways and common areas. From time to time there may be other class session taking place when you arrive or leave. Practicing being mindful of the experiences of others is one of the best ways to ensure that your own classes or sessions will not be disrupted.
Yoga Question & Answer
Below are common questions asked by new students too yoga. The questions and answers below may assist you in feeling more comfortable – before, during and after yoga class:
Do I have to be flexible to do yoga? Absolutely not! Yoga is more about stretching and strengthening on a regular basis, as an invitation for your body to function at its optimal levels. Aches, pain and stiffness are likely to diminish with regular yoga practice. Flexibility, stamina, strength and balance will become natural parts of your life.
What if I have an injury or limiting condition? Before starting a new exercise program, talk to your physician. If you are injured, it is VERY important to be cleared by your physician before attending a class. If you are cleared for exercise, you should advise your teacher about your injury or condition before class so that the teacher can offer available modifications. Our yoga teachers are not qualified to diagnose or treat medical conditions and your teacher is responsible for safely managing all of the students in class. If you need specialized attention or would benefit from individualized guidance or need modifications, please contact us about the possibility of scheduling private yoga sessions.
IMPORTANT: If a posture or sequence offered in any class hurts, don’t do it! In practicing yoga, there is a clear difference between experiencing a feeling of stretching, discomfort or sensation and experiencing pain. ALWAYS listen to and respect what your body is telling you.
What should I expect in my first yoga class? Each class will differ. A typical class begins with centering and breathing in a sitting/kneeling posture. Finding a comfortable sitting/kneeling posture sometimes poses its own challenges, but it’s well worth the effort to try different props – folded blanket, bolster, blocks or a chair – to support your body in creating a lengthened spine for deep breathing. After our time breathing the class will move into a warm up, followed by a combination of strengthening, stretching and balancing postures. Classes end in meditation – quiet, lying or sitting in relaxation. If you don’t plan to say for meditation, kindly and quietly leave the yoga session without trying to disrupt the other students.
What does it mean if a teacher “assists” me? In addition to demonstrating poses and offering verbal cues, your teacher may move around the room offering instruction and assists. Such movement allows the teacher to monitor the energy of the class and to better ensure that all students are safe and happy. Hands-on assists are designed to help you experience a posture in a deeper or more aligned manner. Receiving an assist does not mean you are doing the posture incorrectly. The only goal of yoga assists is to enhance your yoga practice, so you are welcome to let the teacher know if you would prefer not to be assisted or if an assist that is offered does not feel good in your body. It’s all about YOU!