Welcome to Yoga at The Studio!
First of all, we want to thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey! We are honored and humbled. We agree to do everything in our power to make your time here enjoyable and we would appreciate if you would have the same courtesy for others while you are here. Below are a few things you should know to enhance your future experiences at The Studio.
- Remove shoes at the door, we practice yoga in our bare feet.
- Never bring your cell phone into the studio, leave it in your car.
- Come to practice with an empty stomach (unless a specific condition prevents this).
- Keep water bottle off the floor (we take extra special care of our floors and spilled water doesn’t help). If needed, keep water bottles off to the side and take a sip when needed.
- Be early to class. Entering class consistently late is very disruptive and disrespectful to others. If you do arrive a few minutes late, take a breath, and quietly sit at the entrance until eyes are open and movement or talking has begun. At that point, unroll your mat and enter as slowly and quietly as you can.
- Bring your own mat, it’s more hygienic. We do have mats if you need one.
- Wear comfortable exercise clothing.
- Ask questions about anything that is not clear to you. You may ask during class when appropriate or after class.
- Refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or strong essential oils.
- If you have a health issue (illness, injury, or medical condition), please notify your instructor before class. Not every pose is appropriate for everyone.
- Let go of the competitive mind-set. Yoga is noncompetitive. It is not just a workout, it is not just techniques for relaxation, and it is not just cross-training. It is much healthier. The purpose is to calm the mind, open the heart, and stimulate our spiritual evolution.
- Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are. It is okay to come out of a pose before the instructor says to. Yoga is not “gutting it out” or “no pain, no gain.” To the contrary, the body will respond beautifully when you show it kindness, acceptance, and love. Rest sometimes. Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are.
- No experience or flexibility is required to practice yoga. Yoga is for everyone.
- Stay for the entire class. If you need to leave early, tell the instructor beforehand and exit before final relaxation.
- Finally, most classes finish with the gesture and saying Namaste. This means: I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you in which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, we are one.