New to the Studio? You’re in the Right Place.

HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT

If this is your first time visiting our studio or your first time trying a yoga or pilates class we know that it can sometimes feel a bit intimidating. This section is designed to be your roadmap to your first experiences with us to help you feel as comfortable and at home as possible.

Prior to your first visit, please explore our Online Schedule to choose your class. Make sure to read our class descriptions to ensure you are taking a class that is appropriate for your fitness level to avoid injury {or you can click here to book a wellness strategy session and learn more about the right classes for you}. You can find the class descriptions here or by clicking on the class name in the class schedule.

 

YOGA – What to Expect

Most of our Yoga classes are 60-75 minutes long unless otherwise noted. While each yoga class and each teacher will be slightly different, most classes will adhere to the following general format:

  • Welcome & Introductions (if this is your first class, your teacher may ask if she can introduce you to other students in the class)

  • Centering, breath (pranayama) and short meditation (this is your time to relax and let any stresses outside the studio fade away)

  • Warm Up (gentle movement to begin generating heat in your body)

  • Asanas/Postures (in this active part of your practice, you will be guided through various yoga postures to build strength, flexibility and balance. you will be encouraged to breathe deeply and connect your breath and your movement. modifications will be provided for your fitness level.)

  • Cool Down/Stretches

  • Savasana (also known as “corpse pose” – this is a time of rest and integration – allowing the work of your yoga class to “settle in” to your body, mind and spirit.

  • Namaste Most yoga classes end with the word “Namaste” which is a sanskrit word that means “the light in me honors the light in you.”

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Yoga Class

  • Come to class on a relatively empty stomach as a rigorous yoga practice can disturb digestion. It is best to eat no sooner than 60 minutes before class.

  • Wear stretchy or loose fitting clothing.

  • Yoga mats, props and supplies are provided. If you have your own mat, please bring it!

  • Please bring a water bottle. We have a filtered water system with cold and room temperature options.

  • Slow Down. Plan to arrive 15-20 mins. early for your first class to unwind and center yourself before your practice. If you are new to the studio you will also need the time to fill out a waiver/liability form.

  • Plan to arrive to class at least 5 minutes early if you have already completed your new client paperwork. Classes begin promptly at scheduled times. For security, the front door is sometimes locked when class begins if there is no one at the front desk/teacher is checking in students. If you are 10 minutes late or more, you will have to miss class as it disturbs the other participants.

  • Sign-in on the class sign-in sheet at the front desk when you arrive.

  • If a class is full to capacity, reserved spaces will be released to waiting list students 5 minutes before class begins. You can save time and your spot by using the Achieve by Wellness Living app on your smartphone to reserve your spot.

  • Let the teacher know before your class, or during if needed, of any relevant medical conditions/injuries or pregnancy.

  • Let the teacher know if you would rather not have hands-on adjustments during class or during the final relaxation in savasana.

  • Please refrain from any full inversions (headstand, handstand, shoulderstand) if you are menstruating, pregnant, have a neck/head/back/spine injury, or migraine. You can ask the teacher to give you a modification.

  • Taking care of your body and honoring its limitations is very important at all times. If at any time you feel dizziness, pain, shortness of breath, or any other discomfort in any pose or sequence, stop doing it at once, drink water.

  • Please take all of your belongings with you before leaving. We have a lost and found basket in case you happen to forget something, but keep in mind that on the 1st of each month, any belongings not claimed will be donated or disposed of.

  • Tell us how we are doing or how we can improve the studio. You can contact us by email, let us know in person, or drop us a note in our mailbox.

  • Most importantly, remember to breathe, relax, and enjoy your practice!

Yoga Etiquette

  • Our studio is here as a sanctuary for relaxation and comfort. Please turn your cell phone and other electronic devices OFF {yes, even in the lobby} to maintain a clear and present energy focused on your practice, and keep your voice low in the waiting areas.

  • Yoga is traditionally practiced barefoot so please remove your shoes and socks before entering the studio and store them neatly in the cubbies provided. Please refrain from leaving your shoes in the middle of the way where other students will be walking.

  • Please bring all other belongings into the studio with you. While in the studio, you can leave your belongings in the studio cubbies, but we ask that you leave your valuables in your car or at home, as the studio will not be responsible for lost or stolen items under any circumstances.

  • Classes can be full so stagger your mats and create space to accommodate those around you.

  • Once in the practice space please keep conversation to a minimum. If possible, be silent so that you and others can be centered for class. Also take care while placing your mat and props on the floor so that they do not make sounds that can disturb others.

  • Let teachers know if you are going to be leaving early, and if you would rather not have hands-on adjustments during class or during the final relaxation in savasana.

  • Our studio is YOUR studio. Please treat it with care:

    • At the end of class, return all props to the place you found them, folding the blankets properly and rolling your strap. You can ask your teacher if you are not sure.

    • If you used a studio mat, please clean it thoroughly with the essential oil disinfecting spray provided or give to the front desk staff. Remember, someone else will be using the mat after you, and you may be using it after them, so please be mindful of this practice.

    • If you use an eye pillow during your savasana practice, please place a facial tissue (located in the prop area) between your eyes and the eye pillow to keep them sanitary.

    • Please deposit used mat cleaning towels in the hamper near the restrooms.

    • Please dispose of any cups, tissues, or other rubbish in the trash and recycling containers provided.

    Together we will continue to create a beautiful, warm, welcoming studio and community. Thank you!

    We hope you enjoy your visit !

 
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