Arrive about 15-20 minutes before class if you are a NEW student.
Be prepared and bring a yoga mat, large towel and water. If you don't have these items, they are available in the studio for a small fee. Let the instructor know if you have an injury, illness, or take medication.
1. Remove Your Shoes
Our yoga studio has a place for your shoes by the front door and in the hallway area. Since people will be walking around the studio barefoot, it is most hygienic if everyone takes off their outdoor shoes first thing.
2. Turn Off Your Cell Phone
Make a habit of doing this right before you enter the yoga studio. You are not permitted to bring your cell phone into class.
3. Arrive On Time
Arrive at least 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to start. The doors will be locked during sessions.
Try to shower before class. Refrain from wearing strong perfumes, cologne or creams.
Try not to eat 2 hours before class. If you do, make it light (fruit, vegetable). Stay hydrated throughout the day and after class. Any water you drink during class is "feel good" water.
There is no talking inside the Yoga Shala. It is a sacred space. Some yogis come early to meditate, be respectful of those in the room.
7. Respect the Teacher
When you enter a yoga class, you sign on to respect the teacher for the next hour to hour and a half. You may discover halfway through the class that you don't care for this teacher, style, or hour of the day. But you still should continue with the class, follow the teacher's instructions, take your Savasana, and use it as an experience.
8. Keep Variations Appropriate
Keep in mind the level of the class you are attending. If it is an advanced class and some of the poses are too difficult, it is fine to take a more basic variation of the postures being taught. If you are attending a more basic class, stick to the basic versions of the poses so you don't confuse new students. The teacher will offer you the option to take a more advanced variation when appropriate.
Use the bathroom before class begins. There are two bathrooms in the studio, one located in the studio (towards the back) and the other is located in the hallway.
10. Don't Skip Savasana!
Your final relaxation in Savasana is an important part of your practice. Try not to plan to leave class early. If you must, tell the teacher in advance and take a short Savasana before you go.