Information for first-time yogis

Some helpful guidance for people who have never done yoga before and are getting ready to take their first yoga class ever at Berkshire Yoga Center.

For more information check out our Etiquette and FAQ Guide.


Tune out and tune in

The time you spend on the mat is your time, separate and apart from the daily grind. So when you arrive, leave everything else at the door, and come to the mat with a quiet and focused mind.

Try to keep your awareness within yourself as you experience each different pose. Work to maintain a smooth and even breath. If you find yourself distracted, or your mind wanders, always come back to the voice of the teacher and your breath.

Arrive Early for Registration and Check-In

Try to arrive at least 15 minutes before class to check in and make sure all the details are in order. This will give you lots of time to grab a mat, meet your teacher, and settle in.

Listen to Your Body

A good yoga practice is a full body workout. That’s why it’s so important to listen to your body, respect what it tells you and pay close attention to your body’s innate feedback system. Respect pain by learning to distinguish between the discomfort of moving a stiff body and pain caused by overdoing or excessive demand on a joint. Sudden or severe pain is a warning.


The breath is the first principle of yoga. Always stay focused on the quality of your breathing.

Have Fun

If you’re stressing out about your yoga practice you’re doing it wrong! Yoga should be a fun and joyous expression of yourself, so relax and have FUN!