Getting Started

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Getting Started

Below is our getting started guide! Feel free to look around, and if there are any questions that aren't answered here, please reach out to us. We want to make your first experience with Blackbird the best.

  • General Questions

  • Why Yoga?

    We may be biased on the subject, but we believe yoga is for everyone. Studies have shown that a regular practice can not only improve the body’s strength, flexibility, and balance, but can actually reduce blood pressure, improve sleep quality, and decrease stress levels, to name a few benefits. Healthy alignment teaches the body to function the way it should, which can help you out of the type of pain caused by dysfunctional movement patterns and repetitive poor posture. Plus, standing on your hands is a lot of fun.

  • I’m brand new to yoga. Where do I start?

    It’s best to start in our Ground, Unwind or Begin classes. Our teachers are experienced with students of all abilities and will always give you 1:1 attention. We recommend setting your mat up in the middle of the room so you can look around at the other students in class and follow their lead. We have everything you need at the studio, and we even offer a special rates to new students: $45 for 21 days of unlimited yoga OR $99 for 30 days of unlimited yoga plus a 60 minute customized massage. This way, you can take all of the classes you like and experience different teachers and styles. Once you start to learn the names of the postures, the experience becomes much more natural.

  • What types of classes do you offer at the studio?

    We offer something for everyone. Our style incorporates elements of alignment yoga, functional movement, and vinyasa flow; all with an emphasis on mindful breathing. Classes range from very gentle to physically rigorous. Begin classes will introduce proper form and alignment in the postures, and Practice and Bliss classes will generally include a strong dynamic flow. Teachers will always offer modifications for beginning and advanced students, but please choose a class that speaks to your current level of ability. For more information, see our Class Descriptions page or feel free to contact us.

  • I’m not flexible. Can I still do yoga?

    Absolutely! If you are feeling intimidated (which is totally normal!) consider starting with our Unwind, Ground or Begin classes. All of our knowledgeable teachers will help you find the pose that’s right for your body. With consistent practice, your flexibility will improve tremendously!

  • Where should I park?

    There is plenty of parking in front of the studio on Terrace St. There is also a lot behind the building.

  • What to bring

  • What should I wear?

    Wear clothing that allows you to move freely. Athletic wear or loose-fitting sweats and t-shirts are best. Most women wear athletic pants and tops. Men generally wear athletic shorts (gym shorts or spandex) and t-shirts. Many practitioners bring layers, since your body’s temperature will rise during the active portions of class and fall during final relaxation.

  • What should I bring?

    We have everything you need. Many practitioners prefer to use their own mats, but we have some at the studio for you to use, free of charge. We provide all of the props (blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps, eye pillows) you may need and offer bottled water too.

  • Is there any etiquette I need to know about?

    Please remove your shoes when you enter the studio. Silence your cell phone and leave it with your belongings in one of our cubbies. If you arrive early to class, you are welcome to relax and chat in our lobby, or set your mat up in the practice space and relax. Many students like to unwind or meditate in the minutes before class, so we ask that the practice room remains a quiet space. If you happen to arrive late, that’s okay, but please wait in the lobby until the teacher has finished “om” and the class begins to move. Once that’s happened, quietly set up your mat in an open spot.

  • Membership

  • What is membership?

    Membership is our way of making yoga available to all — from the once a week warrior to the daily practitioner. These are our most affordable payment options. We offer flexible tiers with and without massage. You can freeze your account once per year for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of one month. These are auto-debited memberships but there's no minimum commitment, so you can cancel at any time just by sending an email to nicole@blackbirdyogastudio.com

  • Should I register online?

    You can set up an account through MindBody Online that will allow you to register and pay for classes ahead of time. Please note that this is not required for regularly scheduled classes; we will always be here. If you purchase a studio pass through a third party provider, you will not be able to register through MindBody Online before your first class. Simply arrive at the studio 15 minutes before the class of your choosing and we will get you set up in person. We do require pre-registration for workshops and special events.

  • Do your class cards expire?

    Class cards do not expire.

  • Do you offer discounts?

    Yes. We offer a 10% discount on everything (excluding the new student special) for students under 25 and seniors over 65.

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