beginner basics

practice  ahimsa...
    a sanskrit word meaning
              In yoga tradition,
we strive to do no harm
   in thought, word or deed

What to Wear

Wear lightweight, non-restrictive exercise clothing. Most students wear leggings and a t-shirt or tank top. DO NOT wear jeans, slacks, or loose shorts. DO NOT wear perfume or essential oils.

Yoga Mat

We use traditional yoga 'sticky mats' in class. Other exercise mats (like a thick pilates mat) will not work. You can purchase yoga mats at many discount retail stores for under $20. We also have mats available for your use if you are new to yoga and would like to try it out before purchasing your mat.

Eating & Drinking Prior to Class

Do not eat a large meal before class. A light snack at least an hour prior to class time is fine if necessary. Having an empty stomach will aid in your breathing, stretching, and digestive health.

Arrive Early

Please arrive 10-15 min. early to class. If you do enter late, please enter quietly and look to the instructor for prompts on when to lay out your mat and join the postures. While waiting, use that time to sit, breathe, and center yourself. The studio doors will LOCK 5 min. after the beginning of class. 

Take Off Your Shoes

Yoga is practiced in bare feet. Please remove your shoes BEFORE entering the yoga room. Lockers are provided outside of the yoga room for you to place all of your personal items. Bare feet are important to build your balance and to keep from slipping on your mat. If you have a condition that requires you to practice in shoes or socks, please see your instructor for options.

Turn Off Your Cell Phone

Please turn your cell phone off before entering class. All phones should be placed in the lockers provided. NO PHONES allowed in the yoga room.

Never Skip Relaxation

All yoga classes end with 'savasana' a 5-15 min relaxation (length depends on type of class you are attending). This relaxation energizes and restores the body. If you MUST leave for some reason, please leave before the class enters savasana. During savasana, there is no talking, excessive movement, etc so that we respect other students' quiet reflection time.

When In Doubt - ASK!

We want you to feel at home here.  And we absolutely want you to have a positive and safe experience with yoga. If you have a question or concern, we want to know! And chances are, you are not the only one with that question!

Inform Your Instructor

Consult your health care provider to determine whether yoga is appropriate for you. Yoga instruction is not intended to be medical advice or a replacement for medical treatment. Yoga is a safe form of physical activity, but can cause injury if performed incorrectly. It is the student's responsibility to exercise reasonable precautions to avoid injury, listen to and follow the teacher's instructions, and to advise the teacher of any medical conditions or restrictions. Some yoga postures may not be advisable during pregnancy or menstruation, or if you have heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, detached retina, hernia including hiatal hernia, back pain, degenerative spinal disk disease, spinal fusion or appliances, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, carpel tunnel syndrome, arthritis, recent surgery, recent childbirth, fractures, osteoporosis, sprains, and strains.

Most of all: STRETCH, RELAX, & LAUGH!