Beginner Yoga

At PIES Fitness Yoga Studio in Alexandria, VA we believe everyone should be able to experience the benefits of yoga. We strive to offer over 30 intimate classes weekly that are accessible to all, especially those new to yoga.

Our flagship class, My Body Don’t Bend that Way is designed specifically to address those who feel their body is not as flexible as it needs to be. In all our beginner-friendly and accessible classes everyone is encouraged to honor where they are in the present moment while striving to know oneself physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Focus is placed on breath and awareness of movement while respecting your body and appreciating its current capabilities while enhancing flexibility, balance, and strength.  The instructors are prepared to offer modifications and assistance to suit all abilities.

See our Beginner Accessible Class Schedule here:

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I wear?

You should wear something comfortable that leaves you free to move and bend in all directions. Fitted or semi-fitted clothing gives the instructor a better view of your form to ensure the long-term safety of your joints. Layers allow you to adjust with the changing temperature of your body throughout the practice.

Can I wear shoes or socks?

In order to keep the studio cleaner we request that you remove your shoes at the door. You may keep your socks on. If you are taking a flow class we recommend you remove your socks or wear special yoga socks with grips on the bottom to prevent you from slipping in standing postures.

What do I need to bring?

If you own a yoga mat you should bring that and a bottle of water. If you do not yet own a yoga mat or you forget to bring one, they are available to rent for an additional $2. If you are taking a high intensity or hot yoga class you may bring a towel.

Can I ask questions in class?

Each instructor has their own views on asking questions in class. Many of those teaching beginner-friendly classes are open to questions during class as often others in the room are thinking the same thing. If you are hesitant, you are always welcome to ask questions immediately after class.

Why doesn’t the teacher do all the moves?

The instructor is present to serve and guide your practice, not get in his or her own practice on your time. The teacher will often demo a posture the first time through and may come out early and will observe the class to offer additional cues, modifications, or enhancements.

What if I’m late?

While it is best to arrive a few minutes early to get all your props gathered and take a few moments to yourself before class begins, we understand that it can be difficult to always be on time with the traffic in this area. You are welcome to quietly enter classes, even if you are late. Just please be respectful of those who are already present.

Can I have my cell phone in the class?

Yoga class is a great opportunity to unplug and focus on yourself. There are cubbies in each classroom where you can stash your belongings, including your cell phone when it is set on Do Not Disturb. We understand many of you are caregivers and cannot fully unplug. As a courtesy to the rest of the class we ask that you keep your phone nearby, set to vibrate and if you need to answer it you step outside the classroom before doing so.

What if I can’t touch my toes?

Yoga is about compassionately opening the body. It is not expected that you be able to touch your toes. Instructors of the accessible classes will offer props and modifications to help you gently gain greater flexibility.