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Do I Need to be Flexible to Start Yoga?
Definitely not ... yoga practice builds flexibility! The yoga teacher Richard Freeman once said that "the advantage of being inflexible is that you don't have to go as far to find meaning."
Newmass Yoga classes are held in the UMass-Amherst Newman Center, 472 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002, in the Main Floor Meeting Room, beside the chapel. Click here for driving directions.
Parking in the Newman Center lot is allowed when attending yoga classes or while participating in other Newman Center activities.
Choosing a class
If you're completely new to yoga, you'll probably be most comfortable in the Yoga Basics classes.
Beginners who enjoy moving in vigorous and athletic ways might also like the Power Yoga classes. These classes are, however, more physically demanding than the Yoga Basics classes. If you need strong sensations to feel like your life is happening, maybe Power Yoga is right for you.
The Intermediate classes are not always more challenging. Try these classes if you're already familiar with a variety of physical yoga practices. Yes, some movements offered will require more strength or flexibility than the typical beginner has; but everything is optional ... in all Newmass Yoga classes.