What should I bring to class? Bring water to stay hydrated, a yoga mat if you have one and a towel. If you don’t have a mat we do have them available as well as other props.
What do I wear to class? Wear clothes that are soft, flexible and allow freedom of movement. You want clothing that is comfortable and won’t slip while moving that also provides coverage while bending and stretching in various poses. Fitted exercise clothes that you can sweat in are a great option for our active classes. You'll practice bare foot without socks. Some jewelry is fine such as moderate sized rings, earrings and tight bracelets. Necklaces, dangly earrings, loose bracelets, watches and large rings may get in your way. Hair ties or head bands for long hair are extremely helpful!
I’m pregnant. Is it ok for me to come take a yoga class? Yoga can be very beneficial during pregnancy, but please be sure to let your instructor know you are pregnant so they can help you with modifications. Prenatal yoga is a great class to take during all stages of pregnancy. Make sure to drink plenty of water and take bathroom breaks as needed.
Can I eat before I come to class? It is best to avoid eating heavier meals before your practice, having them 2-3 hours before class. A light snack is fine and best to have one hour prior to class.
How early should I arrive to class? If it is your first time visiting our studio, it is best arrive 10-15 minutes before class starts to meet the instructor and fill out some paperwork. This will also give you time to sign in, ask questions and set up your mat without interrupting anyone. If you have a package please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes ahead of time to get signed in and set up.
Is it okay to leave early? For the last part of class everyone will be still and quiet, so if you leave it can be disruptive to other students so it is best to stay through the end. If you must leave a few minutes early, please let the instructor know before class and set up near the door.
What forms of payment are accepted? The studio accepts cash and checks and are the preferred method of payment. Credit cards may also be used if needed.
What if I'm not that flexible? You don't have to be flexible to start a yoga practice because yoga brings flexibility to the body. Yoga allows you to lengthen and expand, and release toxins that build up during these activities.
Why are some classes practiced in a heated room? A heated room helps to stretch muscle fibers and tendons. It also helps increase circulation to tissues and organs, enhances the functioning of the immune system and provides great healing influence to the entire body. The heat will make the class more challenging. However, we encourage students to pace themselves and determine the intensity that works best for them in each pose and throughout the class.
What does 'Namasté' mean? Our instructors commonly end class by saying "Namasté" to the students and the students saying it back to the instructor. This gesture is an acknowledgement of the soul in one by the soul in another. "Nama" means bow; "as" means I; and "te" means you. Therefore, Namasté literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you." This gesture is a deep form of respect.
What is yoga? The word yoga comes from the Sankrit language meaning union. The aim of the practice of yoga is to unite the mind and body. To attain this, yoga uses asana (posture), pranayama (breath) and meditation to establish a healthy balanced approach to life.
Other Helpful Hints:
A restroom is available in the studio along with cubbies, coat hangers and shoe racks for your personal belongings.
Please be sure to silence or turn off your cell phone (even vibrate can be disruptive if the music is quite) and other electronics.
Remove shoes before walking on the studio floor.
Be free of heavy perfumes or oils.
Let the instructor know if you have any injuries or special conditions.
Please do not come to class if you are ill.
Clean your borrowed mat with wipes provided by the studio before putting it away.
Listen to your body! Do not do anything that causes you any pain.