- Eat meals at least two hours and snacks at least one hour before practicing yoga.
- Drink water as needed during class as needed, but you may feel more comfortable if you hydrate prior to class.
- Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes that are not too loose, keeping in mind how your clothing may respond to things like sweat, twisting, lying down, or bending forward.
- Bring a yoga mat, towel, and water. We have mats if needed and other necessary yoga props for your convenience.
- Avoid wearing strong scents such as perfumes, deodorants, essential oils, or cologne. Please ensure that your mat, clothes, and body are odor-free to help maintain the purity of the practice space.
- Arrive in time to get settled before class starts to respect your teacher and fellow yogis. Arrive 15 minutes early if this is your first time to fill out any necessary forms, get changed if needed, and settle in.
once you arrive
- Remove your shoes and socks before you walk into the practice space and place them in the designated shoe-storage area in the hall.
- Sign in at the front desk and confirm that your class card is current.
- Turn off your cell phone, or avoid taking it into the practice space with you. If you must keep your cell phone with you and turned on during class (if you are a physician on call or a pilot on standby), then please set to vibrate. If you brought your cell phone in with you and it accidentally rings aloud during class, please turn it off as soon as possible.
- Communicate with your instructor before class about any injuries, limitations, or concerns so that she can help you stay safe.
- Enter the room quietly to respect the sacredness of the space. Keep noise to a minimum when setting up your mat and collecting your props, and be sensitive to whether conversations with others may disturb those around you. Also, please quietly close the door behind you to maintain the temperature of the practice space and to reduce any noise from outside.
- Position your mat so you will be facing the teacher. Place your props and your water bottle near your mat to keep them handy, but make sure they are not in your way. Leave or create space for fellow yogis by moving your mat, if needed.
- Walk around other people’s mats to show respect for their safe, sacred space.
- Take Child’s Pose any time you feel you need a rest, even if the teacher does not specifically cue it. Rejoin the class when you are ready.
- Leave the room quietly, if you must. It is not uncommon to experience dizziness, fatigue, or discomfort during your first yoga classes, especially if you are practicing in a warm room. If you must leave the room, then please choose a point in the class that is resting (i.e. Child’s Pose or Downward Dog) to leave quietly. Gather your things once class is over.
- Communicate with your teacher if you are confused, having trouble with something, or are experiencing any pain.
- Follow your teacher’s cues. Unless you are taking Child’s Pose in order to rest or center yourself before rejoining the class, then please follow your teacher’s cues rather than your own sequence. If there is a pose that you feel you cannot or should not do, let your teacher know and she can provide a modification or an alternative.
- Enter quietly if you arrive If you are late, and it's okay with the teacher, enter the studio and gather your props quietly, and choose a space for your mat that is close to the entrance so as not to distract other students. If possible, join the sequence as your teacher cues it. If there are some warm-up postures you need before you can join in the sequence, then quietly take these and join the sequence as soon as you can. If you arrive more than ten minutes after class has started, please come back for another class. The first ten minutes provide centering and warming up, and joining in a class without having had this can risk injury and be distracting for fellow students.
- Participate in Savasana (Corpse Pose), the last pose of class. Savasana consists of lying on your mat with your body relaxed and eyes closed so that you may absorb the benefits of your yoga practice. Savasana is one of the most important parts of yoga class, so please remain in the pose until your teacher lets you know when to come out of it.
- Stay for the entire class. If this is not possible, then please let your teacher know before class starts, and take a short Savasana before you depart. When you leave, be mindful of your fellow students by being quiet as you collect your items, return your props, and depart the room.
- Have fun!
- If you borrowed a mat from the studio, wipe it down with the provided spray sanitizer and a paper towel. Wipe any moisture on the floor around your mat from your perspiration or water bottle with your towel. Return any borrowed props to their area.
- Communicate with your teacher after class if you have any questions or concerns about your yoga practice.
- Take your own belongings, such as jackets, or water bottles and double-check that you take your own shoes!
- Speak softly in the practice space and hallway.
- Enjoy the rest of the day!