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Student Guidelines and Class Etiquette

We’re very happy to meet you and welcome everyone to join us. These simple guidelines are designed to enhance your yoga practice and the collective experience. ~ Namaste

  • As with any exercise program, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor prior to beginning a new practice.
  • Avoid eating heavily 2-3 hours before class.
  • Enter quietly and remove your shoes before entering the yoga studio.
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for class. Allow time to register, sign in for class and get settled in the room.
  • Please take a moment to introduce yourself to the teacher and mention any injuries or conditions that you are currently experiencing.
  • If you arrive late, please wait until after meditation to enter the studio. If you have to leave early, please notify the teacher before class and leave quietly before savasana. Before you leave, spend a few minutes in savasana to complete your practice.
  • Be mindful of the space around you. If you notice that someone needs a space for their mat in the room, be considerate and make space near you.
  • Leave cell phones and beepers out side of the studio or turn them off.
  • Abandon the competitive mindset. Start where you are and be kind and loving to yourself. Even though some classes may have a variety of levels in them, you should work at a pace that is appropriate for you.


» Which class is right for me?

Yoga is accessible for almost everyone. We're happy to help you find a class that is appropriate for you. No prior experience is required. Even though each instructor has a unique style, we've included descriptions for each type of class so that you can select a style that is most suitable.

» What level is right for me?

If you are experiencing yoga for the first time, we recommend attending a Level 1 class or one of our Gentle Flow classes. If your schedule doesn't accommodate one of the Level 1 times, you may attend one of the Level 1/2 classes. These classes move at a slightly faster pace and assume some knowledge of yoga, although the instructors will provide basic instruction for all the poses.

» Do I need to register in advance?

It is not necessary to register in advance for classes. Simply arrive early and allow plenty of time to sign in and get settled in the room. Our schedule is always current on our website.

» Do I need my own mat?

We have studio mats available for use. We provide mats, blankets, blocks, straps and bolsters in the studio. You're welcome to use any of the props provided. However, we highly recommend that you purchase your own mat after attending the first few classes.

» What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing. It's best to avoid clothing that is overly baggy as it will be distracting to you and will not provide visibility for the instructors to check alignment. Yoga is practiced in bare feet - so there are no shoe requirements.

» How early should I arrive?

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for class. Allow time to register, sign in for class and get settled in the room.

» Is yoga just stretching?

No, yoga if far more than just stretching out your muscles. As a whole, yoga is a process of stilling the mind while gaining the benefit of making the body supple and strong.

» Can I do yoga even if I am not flexible?

Yes. Flexibility is a benefit, not a requirement.

» Will doing yoga make me sore?

Soreness is a relative condition in the body. It is a way of the body communicating it did something more strenuous than it is accustomed too. Although soreness can indicate an injury, general soreness in the body is not uncommon from physically challenging activities.

As a result, in the beginning you may find yourself sore many times from taking class. This soreness may be in a number of locations in the body or a more specific area. With time, this soreness should decrease as you become more accustom to the type of class you are taking.

» Will doing yoga help me lose weight?

Yoga can indeed help you lose weight. However, result vary between individuals. Also, to burn fat the body needs to build muscle. So, you may notice your physique becoming trimmer, even though your weight lose may not drop a great deal. The body needs to build 2 pounds of muscle to burn 1 pound of fat. So if you wanted to lose 5 pounds, you need to build 10 pounds of muscle.

» Can men do yoga?

Yes, yoga was originally primarily a male practice. As yoga grew in the western world, women adopted the practice very quickly and thus gave it a bit of flavor is was mostly a female activity. In the magazines, we see wonderful pictures of the great female yoginis as teachers and students, but what is sometimes not apparent is many of the best known and sought after teachers in the world are men.

» How do I pick a type or style of yoga?

The best way is to go to classes in the style you think you would enjoy. There are many sources on the internet which describe the different types/styles of yoga taught. This is a great way to help narrow the list to one which sounds appealing.

We highly recommend you try the handful of classes with several different teachers in the style you like. This gives you some perspective on the difference in teachers and their personal style of teaching.

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