New Class: Principals of Yoga


I will be teaching a new Principals of Yoga class at the Central YMCA in Wilmington, Delaware starting February 20, 2012. Class description & details follow.


Principals of Yoga was designed to assist new yoga students as well as current students hoping to deepen their existing practice.

Christa Scalies, RYT 200, CLYL will provide students with guidance to develop a safe and beneficial yoga practice in a non-competitive, nurturing and playful environment.

This 8-week progressive workshop series will explore key elements of Hatha yoga, including:

  • fundamentals of alignment
  • controlled deep breathing
  • basic stretches
  • balancing poses
  • strengthening exercises
  • relaxation techniques



Central YMCAStudio B
501 West 11th Street
Wilmington, DE 19802
Phone: 302-254-9622



5:30 – 6: 30 pm starting February 20, 2012 until April 9, 2012



  • Free to YMCA members.
  • Non-members is $80.00 for 8 weeks.
  • Class size is limited. Pre-Registration is necessary.



Register online, by phone at 302-254-9622 or at the front desk.



Before Class

  • Please properly hydrate yourself before class, preferable throughout the day. When I say hydrate, I mean water, not soda, coffee or alcohol. No shots of tequila, comprendo?
  • I strongly recommend you come to class on an empty stomach. Don’t eat a pizza, a big bowl of cereal or some other monstrous meal. Trust me, you won’t be comfortable. If you need to eat something, think fruit or yogurt, something small and light.
  • Be prepared to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time in order to set up your mat and prepare.
  • Avoid dousing yourself in perfume or cologne before class as those odors may irritate others. Of course, deodorant is always strongly encouraged. No one I know likes Smelly Yoga.   *giggling*


What to Bring

  • An open mind, a positive attitude and your smile.
  • A yoga mat (if you do not have one, we will provide one for you, but for hygiene reasons, I recommend you purchase your own).


What NOT to Bring

  • PLEASE leave your cell phone in your car or your locker. I love my smart phone too but we won’t need them to practice asana, I promise!


What to Wear

  • Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing for easy movement.
  • Be prepared to practice without socks on. You need to create traction with your mat in order not to slide and remain safe. Safety is key!
  • At the end of class, we rest on our mat in a relaxation pose for a few minutes. Many students get a little chilly while in this position. You may want to bring a sweatshirt to wear.



Let go of expectations!!!

  • Hatha Yoga practice (pronounced Hat-ta, the “h’ is silent) involves a series of physical postures that coordinate breathing with movement and a mental focus on the present moment. Yoga is more than the postures we practice, it is a state of mind.
  • Practicing asana (postures) isn’t about perfection, it’s about the process of learning and becoming mindful about your body, mind and spirit.


Medical Advisory

  • Any physical activity carries the risk of injury if not performed properly. If you have a permanent injury or condition that you think could be worsened by doing yoga, PLEASE have a chat with your doctor before registering or attending Principals of Yoga.
  • PLEASE let me know prior to class if you have any health issues or limitations so I may assist you with modifications to keep you safe. Feel free to send me an email prior to February 20th (email info below).
  • It is ok to challenge yourself but don’t push too hard.
  • Be mindful or the difference between feeling sensations or resistance and feeling pain. Yoga should never be painful.
  • If you can’t breathe, it’s a warning to back off a little and reduce the intensity of the pose.
  • Yoga is not a competitive sport.  Your yoga is what happens on your mat, not your neighbor’s mat.



I approach yoga joyfully. I smile & giggle when I practice.  I give thanks for the ability to breathe, move & reflect.

During my 200 hour yoga teacher training I enjoyed working with new students the most.

For many of you I know it was a challenge simply to register for class. Some of you may feel a little nervous or apprehensive about what to expect. This is normal.  I understand the challenges, fears and concerns in the mind of a beginner.  Everyone was a beginner at once, even me.

It is my job to help guide YOU into this wonderful mind-body-spirit practice safely. Each of these classes builds upon the previous class.

Please make the commitment to yourself and your classmates to attend all 8 session. This will enable you to obtain maximum benefit from our time together. If you miss the first class or two and hope to “catch up” with the rest of the students, you may find yourself lost. I designed this workshop so each block fits into the series to maximize your learning and enjoyment.

It is my hope after our 8 sessions you will feel stronger and more confident to participate in other mind-body classes at the YMCA.

Welcome to Principals of Yoga. Let’s have some fun!

 – Christa

Email questions to christa at giggleon (dot) com






  1. Aww, thanks JD! I wish you could come too. If I win the lottery before now and then, I’ll sent my private jet for you. Sound good?

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