Getting Started

Getting started can seem intimidating, especially if you’ve never practiced before or perhaps you just haven't been feeling your greatest. Rest assured that as you step through our doors, you’ll be warmly greeted by our knowledgeable staff. We strongly encourage our students to support each other, which creates an environment that pushes all of us to achieve a better quality of life.

Yoga 101 Workshop

Date: October 1, 2016
Location: Purple Yoga Long Beach
Teacher: Paula Larsen

Each month Purple will provide workshops that help demystify some of the basic principles of yoga and the vinyasa flow style. These workshops will cover principles of Alignment, Balance and Breath. Learn how to effectively utilize opposing forces while gaining strength, control and improving flexibility.

Other topics covered

  • ujjayi breathing (yogic nose breathing) 
  • bandhas (energy locks) 
  • drishti (steady gaze) 
  • surya namaskar A & B (sun salutations) 
  • savasana (relax & meditate)

Be prepared to practice. There will be ample time for note taking and Q&A.

Intro Package

We invite you to partake in this special Online Only offer from Purple: enjoy two weeks of unlimited classes for $29.

With three locations and more than 200 classes offered each week, you’re sure to find convenient class times, helpful teachers and a nourishing community to guide you on your yogic journey. For all levels, including beginning students.

Eyeing a new yoga top or yoga mat?  Take 10% off all merchandise during the Intro period (excludes drinks).

Enjoying our classes?  Take 20% off your first purchase of any of our class packs or memberships during the Intro period.

Please note that our unlimited classes offer is for 14 consecutive days from your 1st class. No extensions or exceptions.

What is yoga?

The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.

What is commonly referred to as “yoga” can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses.

Asana is only one of the eight “limbs” of yoga, the majority of which are more concerned with mental and spiritual well-being than physical activity. In the West, however, the words asana and yoga are often used interchangeably.

Is yoga a religion?

In order to examine this question, it is helpful to look at the difference between religion and spirituality.

Those who participate in organized religion accept their denomination’s deity or deities and worship through a system of long-established rituals. They may read sacred texts that outline a moral code, which they follow, and they may attend worship meetings lead by religious leaders who have been ordained by an authority in that religion.

By contrast, we can define spirituality as the quest for understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe. Many use organized religion as the conduit for their spirituality, but spirituality can also exist outside the bounds of religion. In other words, spiritual practice is essential to religion, but religion is not essential to spiritual practice.

Yoga does share some things in common with religion, including the study of ancient texts and gathering of like-minded individuals for study under a learned teacher, but these things alone do not constitute a religion. Though some yoga practices encourage meditation on a universal spirit, which may even be called God, the nature of that God is left open to interpretation. Some are confused by yoga’s relationship with Hinduism, since yoga’s language borrows from the Hindu lexicon. Though yoga and Hinduism are both products of ancient India, they have evolved into separate practices as yoga (particularly hatha yoga, the study of yoga postures) has spread outside of its land of origin.

Yoga can be a spiritual practice, but it is not a religion, because it does not dictate the nature of a God to be worshipped.

Is yoga good for weight loss?

Doing yoga regularly offers many benefits, including making you feel better about your body as you become stronger and more flexible, toning your muscles, reducing stress, and improving your mental and physical well-being. But will it help you lose weight?

The short answer, yes. Most classes at Purple Yoga are very vigorous, but suitable for all levels, beginners included. Some of our classes are done in a hot room, others not, but both will help raise your heart rate at the same time calm your nervous system and turn your body into a fat burning machine.

What if I’m not flexible?

Don’t avoid yoga just because you think you aren’t flexible. In fact, if you have tight muscles, yoga is just the thing to loosen you up. The point of yoga is not to show off how flexible you are, but rather to become more flexible over time while enjoying yoga’s health benefits. Yoga is not like gymnastics, in which the most flexible person gets a medal. It is a personal practice, infinitely adaptable to fit your needs.

Can men do yoga?

Obviously, the short answer is yes. Many men are concerned that they will not be welcome in a yoga class or that they are not flexible enough to try yoga. This is a basic misconception: yoga will improve your flexibility, but you do not need to be flexible to do it. Since yoga has been practiced by men for so long, many of the poses actually make more sense for a man’s body and some require a lot of upper body strength, which women often lack at first.

Will yoga make me sore?

It is not uncommon to experience sore muscles after doing yoga, especially if you are just starting out or practice infrequently. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness usually occurs a day or two after exercising, which differentiates it from the sudden and immediate pain you would feel from pulling a muscle. Yoga can cause soreness, even if you are in good physical shape, because it encourages you to use muscles that are otherwise neglected.

A hot bath can help relieve soreness. Sometimes it feels good to do some light stretching. If you continue to do yoga regularly, you will likely discover you experience less soreness.

We hope this answers some of your questions. Feel free to e-mail us at or visit our Guidelines & Etiquette section for more information.