GUIDELINES + TIPS
• Wear comfortable, light clothes you can move in. They don’t need to be skin-tight but shouldn’t be so loose that they’ll get in your way.
• Bring a yoga mat if you have one, water and at least one towel (mat-size and/or hand towel). We have rental mats ($1), but it’s best to have your own. We have blocks, straps and other props, but feel free to bring those, too.
• Don’t practice on a completely empty stomach. We suggest a healthy snack two hours before class; if you have blood-sugar issues, maybe a light snack (bananas are great fuel) 30 min. or so before class.
• Drink a lot of water before class. This goes double for the hotter classes (see classes page). Your hydration level will affect your experience.
PRACTICE YOGA ‘SWEAT-IQUETTE’
• Please enter the lobby quietly, as others may be in savasana (deep relaxation) in the studio.
• Leave your shoes in the lobby. Socks are allowed but we will ask you to take them off for class.
• Sign in on the appropriate class sheet, even if you registered online.
• Turn off cell phones. You may bring personal items into the studio, but please deposit them near the back door.
• No gum, perfume or Speedos, please.
• Notify your teacher of any injuries or physical conditions that might affect your practice. Pregnant students are permitted in Prenatal classes only.
• If you rent a house mat ($1 per class) or blocks, please clean with the provided spray and towels. Do not use house blankets to wipe /absorb sweat, or to cover yourself in savasana. Return house blocks, straps, etc. to their home after class.
• Respect your classmates and teachers by remaining quiet and attentive during class. Please hold questions until end of class (after savasana) unless you have an immediate need.
• Respect your body by listening to your breath and body throughout class. Choose classes appropriate for your experience level; ask a teacher if you’re unsure.
• If you leave a sweat puddle (and we hope you do!), please wipe it up with a towel. We clean the floor between classes, but puddles are dangerous to students leaving the room!
• Can I lose weight practicing yoga? Certainly. Vigorous styles of yoga like Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa build muscle tone, which helps your body burn fat even after you step off the mat. More importantly, though, a regular practice enables us to ‘hear’ the body’s signals, to tune into what it needs. You won’t want to eat Twinkies after a healthy, sweaty class. Our goal is wellness for the whole person — body, mind, spirit — so that we can live our lives to the fullest and make the world a better place.
• Is yoga safe? Will I be sore? It’s totally normal to feel some muscle soreness after the first few classes. Alert your instructor to any chronic aches/pains, medical conditions (as requested on our registration form) and physical changes. It’s important to remember that yoga is a process, with no end goal other than increased awareness and peace. There’s a good reason we’re called Practice … that’s what it’s all about, whether you ever stand on your head or not. Follow the teacher’s cues, but if you listen closely to your body’s signals, stay with your breath and take breaks when necessary, you’ll be safe in the postures. Pre- and post-class hydration is important. Drink a lot of water!
• I’ve never done yoga. Where to start? Please see beginner-level classes page.
• How often should I take class / practice? Our practices are as varied as our bodies. If you’re new to yoga, a couple of classes a week is appropriate, with at least a day between to let your body rest. After you’ve learned the foundations of safe alignment and breathing, you’ll need – and likely want – to practice most days. Consistency is key: A few sun salutations each day will do you more good than an intense 2-hour practice once a week. Of course, classes are essential for progress and for soaking up the energy that only community can offer. Most importantly, do what you can with focus and intention.
• Why Sanskrit words and OM? Sanskrit is the ancient language of yoga and an essential element of traditional practice. Using Sanskrit names for postures and chanting the Ashtanga invocation connects us to yoga’s deep history and is a way to honor the long line of teachers who’ve handed down its traditions.
OM is known as the sound of creation, or the universal vibration. It represents the merging of the individual with the infinite, the wholeness and union that is yoga. If that’s a bit much to swallow, consider it a way to help calm the mind; the vibration in the throat and head even helps clear sinuses! By no means is anyone required or expected to chant in any class.