Basics for beginners and experienced yogis
Do you want to start with yoga in Groningen?
Or have you been doing yoga for a while and are in need of refinement and refreshment?
Then come to our Basics class. In this accessible lesson we give you a lot of explanation and instructions. We mainly do basic postures, short meditations and simple breathing exercises.
What is Basics and is it right for me?
Solid Basics for Beginners
Basics classes at Open Yoga are suitable for beginners because you receive detailed instructions (cues) for every pose we do. For example, your teacher explains for each posture which part of the body becomes more flexible or stronger as a result of the posture. You also get many options to adjust the posture to your body, so that it benefits you most. We use a lot of props: blocks, a strap (yoga belt), bolsters and blankets. The pace is somewhat slower than, for example, Vinyasa » or Power&Play ».
We also have the Basics lessons as a Hot lesson » in an infrared heated room.
Refinement for experienced yogis
We also regularly see experienced yogis in the Basics classes. It can be educational to approach a posture completely differently, to refresh your knowledge or to seek refinement. And of course it is also nice to connect with your body and breathing, whatever lesson you do.
Are Basics lessons very easy?
The fact that the pace is a bit slower and that we mainly do basic postures does not necessarily mean that it is easy. The lessons can be quite challenging! There are teachers who are known for doing a lot of planking in class (you know who you are ;)). Fortunately, during this class we often remind you that you choose your own pace and you are given options to make the pose lighter or heavier – so you can adjust the level to your needs for the day.
But I'm not flexible at all?!
We hear this more often!
The short answer: You don’t have to! You actually become more flexible by doing yoga!
The long answer: The Basics classes are suitable for people who do not consider themselves flexible enough. Not because we are going to make you super flexible, but because we are going to teach you that being flexible is not necessary to do yoga. Every body is different, and every body can do yoga. Even your own body is not the same every day. Your energy level and flexibility can vary enormously: one day you can effortlessly keep your balance, the next day you keep falling over. Sometimes you can reach your toes, sometimes you can’t. It’s very normal, everyone has it!
At Open Yoga we work from Functional Yoga, which in short means that we recognize that everyone is different, and that every yoga posture looks different per person. We do not look for the perfect picture or what the posture “should” look like. We don’t try to force our bodies into a position; we try to shape the posture to our own body.
Getting started with Yoga: Introductory course in the studio and online
Would you prefer a little more guidance before you enter the lesson? During the introductory course we lay a solid foundation in 5 weeks. There are also online options! Read more about the Introductory Course »
Basics in Groningen: book your class at Open Yoga
Became curious? At Open Yoga we have Basics for you in different forms: there are lessons in the studio and online lessons.
Start with Basics: take a trial lesson!
Are you new to us? Take advantage of our trial lesson package!
What others say about Open Yoga Groningen
“For me, the online classes are time for myself, just like the classes in the studio. Especially during the lockdown, I think it's a really great solution!”
“Very enjoyable yoga school in a beautiful central location in the city of Groningen. Very friendly people and a good range of classes including very nice hot yoga classes. I also really enjoyed taking the mommy-baby yoga classes. Highly recommended!"
“Open Yoga gives me flexibility in my body, which makes me feel strong in my daily activities, including mentally. In contact with others, I learn to listen carefully to my body in an open, safe, respectful atmosphere.”
“The lessons are varied and the range is wide. As a result, there is always a lesson that meets my needs and when I have time and space.”
“The nicest yoga school in Groningen.
I really enjoyed the training and the lessons. What fantastic teachers you have. After moving to Sneek, unfortunately I can no longer take lessons in the studio,
BUT luckily still online.”
“I went yesterday and today for a double session given by Max Strom. Both Open Yoga and Max Strom locations are highly recommended!
Everything neat and clean, friendly people, both staff and students and of course Max. I came a long way but it was definitely worth it!”
“More or less strenuous, with clear instructions. Options are also given so that you can adjust the postures to your own needs and to your own body.”
“I would like to let you know that I find the lessons pleasant, practical, light-hearted, educational and very effective. Fits me exactly. I find it pleasant to give a brief explanation and mention the purpose of the exercise. I'm already looking forward to the next lesson.”
“A casual atmosphere and top teachers. And it has been that way for years. Open yoga has unnoticed become a focus point during the week to find yourself and stay true to yourself.”
“What a nice lesson! Thank you. It's especially great to see that you enjoy it so much when you laugh at yourself or do something difficult. Keep up the good work! Gives super nice energy.”