Welcome to YogaLife

“We teach beginning yoga for all fitness levels. Our classes focus on strength, flexibility, and stress relief for all people, not just the super bendy and athletic! If you haven’t exercised in a long time, we can help you get going again on a road to better health."

"We create a fun, safe, and supportive atmosphere without competition. Wherever you are in your journey, there is a place for you in our community. Signing up on-line is easy! There are no monthly commitments and you can take different class times each week.”
- Becca Hewes, Owner

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


What should I expect the first visit?

Yoga is practiced barefoot. After entering the studio, we take off our shoes and turn off our cell phones. We’ll ask you to take a few minutes to fill out a short registration sheet. Then we will show you around the studio and help you pick a place in the room for your first practice. We encourage you to come 10 to 15 minutes before your first class so you’ll have time to get oriented and ask any questions you may have.

What do I need to bring?

If you have a yoga mat already, then bring it. We have mats available at the studio, so you don’t have to buy anything to try yoga.

What should I wear?

Wear close-fitting, comfortable clothing. Try to avoid really tight-fitting, spandex workout clothes, as they can inhibit students from deeply breathing. Pick a shirt that fits closely so that when you do Downward Facing Dog (your hands and feet on the floor) your shirt doesn’t fall down around your neck. ;-)

Do I have to be flexible to do Yoga?

No. In fact, people who are less flexible often have an easier time learning the practice. Naturally flexible people will often get into what they think is the pose immediately, but they may not understand that it is about engaging the muscles.

Is there a beginning class?

All of the classes listed are appropriate for beginners. These classes are taught at a level that most studios on the coasts would consider Level 1 and 2. On some days, depending on who shows up, I might teach an inversion or some other advanced pose (these are considered level 3 or 4). I always give modifications and alternative poses in my classes so that everyone has something appropriate to work on.

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What is it like to be in Yoga Class?

Traditional Hatha Yoga classes are very different from typical modern exercise classes. Although we often break a sweat in yoga class, as the poses can be difficult, it doesn’t “feel” like an aerobic workout class. I tell new students not to think of yoga as your “work-out” but maybe more like your “work-in.”

I start class by asking everyone to begin to focus on their breath. We sit quietly for a short time and pay attention to the sensations of the breath coming in and out. This is a way of bringing ourselves into the present moment and letting go of whatever thoughts or problems we brought with us. After a gentle warm up, I lead everyone through what we call in yoga “Sun Salutations.” This flowing set of exercises uses all the muscles in the body and prepares us to do a variety of yoga poses (called asanas). Standing and balancing poses are usually done first, and then we work our way down to the floor for sitting poses and deep stretching. Poses range from standing, back bending, forward bending, twisting, shoulder and hip stretches, arm balances, and inversions. The diversity of poses is what keeps yoga class interesting; you never know what you’ll end up doing! I sequence the poses in such a way as to keep students safe. Modifications or alternative poses are always given, so that everyone who attends can participate in their own way.

Class always ends with a pose called Shavasana, where we lay down on our mats, close our eyes, and focus on our breathing. Often times, if someone new is going to feel unsure, this will be it! Many times I’ve seen people raise their heads and look around as if to say, “is everyone really laying down in here? How weird!” After awhile though, if you give it a chance, you’ll learn to love this part of class. The big joke in my morning classes is “can we just do Shavasana today?” It is really the most important pose, and the heart of the practice. In order to help people relax into this meditative pose, I lead them through some gentle breathing exercises (called Pranayama). Once Shavasana is over we sit up slowly, take a few more breaths, and class ends. We always say “namaste” at the end, which is a tradition in yoga, and it means “the spirit in me honors the spirit in you.”

Are drop-ins from out of town welcome?

Yes! Lately, I’ve had yogis drop in from all over the country as they travel to Norman and Oklahoma City for trainings and lectures at the University of Oklahoma, Tinker Airforce Base, the National Weather center, and the National Postal training center. We love to have visitors, so if you are traveling through and need a yoga home, please drop in and practice with us.

--Becca Hewes