Yoga Tips & Etiquette
- ARRIVE EARLY. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to class. This will give you ample time to find a spot and settle in before class.
- ENTER MINDFULLY. Bodywork treatments and classes may be in session when you arrive, so please enter mindfully and keep vocal tone low. Simply remove your shoes and place in our racks or under the benches and make yourself at home until the room is ready. Coats and other outerwear can be hung on our coat racks and all personal belongings can be stowed in our cubbies.
- CELL PHONES. Please silence all cell phones and electrical items into the “OFF” position during class to allow for a quiet environment. Please do not participate in phone conversations in our lobby.SIGN IN. Please be sure to check in with the front desk and sign in on our sign in sheet. We are here to support your experience in any way we can so don’t hesitate to ask for help! Or sign up online to ensure your spot!
- YOGA PROPS & WATER. We are happy to lend out yoga mats to you. Please clean them with the mat wipes sold in our Health & Wellness Boutique. We also provide other yoga props so there is no need to bring your own unless preferred. Feel free to bring water bottles and be sure they have lids to prevent spilling
- INJURIES/PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS. Please inform us of ANY acute or chronic conditions or injuries so that we may best accommodate your needs. If in doubt that a pose is right for you, pause and listen to your body and feel free to ask for support from our highly trained staff.
- SCHEDULE CHANGES. While we aim to minimize changes to our schedule, they do occur from time to time for various reasons. Please check our mindbody website or mobile app for the most up-to-date schedule.
- FOOD. In order to keep our studio clean, eating is not permitted in lobby or yoga studio area. Only dry snack foods are permitted such as granola bars and fruit in the lobby area.
- FEEDBACK! Don’t hesitate to ask us if you have an individual need or suggestions to make your yoga experience even more enjoyable.
EIGHT TIPS FOR A BALANCED YOGA PRACTICE
( based on The 8 Limbs of Yoga)
- Santosha. Come in with beginner’s mind. Even the most experienced yogis can find a deep sense of bliss from simply taking each class and each pose as a new beginning. Letting go of expectations is the key to contentment on and off the mat.
- Ahimsa. Drop the judgement. It is normal to judge ourselves and others but the practice of yoga reminds us that “ahimsa” or “non-violence” can transform the most difficult moment to the most joyful ones. Be kind to yourself and others and life will flow with more ease and peace.
- Satya. Be true to your body and listen to its signals. Practice “satya” or “truthfulness” on the mat. When the body needs a rest, don’t be afraid to take a pause and go within.
- Brahmacharya. Be creative with your practice. Modify and create new ways of moving and breathing that bring your body into harmony. Don’t let yourself get depleted by pushing too hard, or get stuck because of fear to venture into new postures and ideas.
- Aparigraha. See the good within your practice and your body from day to day and this abundance mentality will also translate off the mat and into your life.
- Saucha. Notice what you allow yourself to “take in” on a daily basis. Focus on purity of mind, body and soul and choose practices and situations which evoke this feeling within you.
- Tapas. Be consistent even when you don’t see immediate benefits. Yoga has a cumulative effect so be sure to practice it regularly and experiment with some home practice as well. Be clear of your intentions and goals and commit to sticking with the process. Our teachers are here to support you along the way.
- Svadhyana. Self-study is a key principle of yoga and critical in an enriching experience on the mat. Enjoy learning about yourself, your patterns and tendencies and growing more and more every day.
- Ishwara Pranidhana. Focus on the breath and simply surrender into the moment without attachment or rigidity of mind or body. Embrace the unknown, have faith in yourself and the process and enjoy the journey!