Class Etiquette (based on guidelines established by Yoga Yoga in Austin, TX)
Yourpractice begins before your class starts. To create the best experience for yourself and others, please follow these guidelines:
Arrive a few minutes before class begins. If you have not completed an info/release form, please come at least 15 minutes before class to do that. Please pay or have you card marked before class starts -- we do not accept credit or debit cards. Checks or cash please. (if you are running late and are a regular students, this can be done after class rather than disturbing the class.)
And give yourself time for a few stretches, a moment of meditation, or time to relax from the day. If you arrive just as class is beginning, enter quietly and find a place in the back of the class. Late arrivals can be disruptive and may not be accommodated.
Please, experienced students, stay more to the sides and the back of the class and leave spaces nearer the instructor for the new in-experienced students.
Please remember, your mat is your "sacred space" so remember to respect the "sacred space" of others and walk around or step over their mat.
Parking is a premium at the studio, so first one in, park near the utility pole, next one close to the first one, etc. down the line. Pull as fall forward as possible. ( During workshop, we will have someone directing parking, but if, during a regular class, the lot fills, pull up the driveway to park sideways behind the furthest car, next car behind etc.)
Come with an empty stomach. Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi are best practiced 2-3 hours after a meal. During Yoga class, particularly Kundalini Yoga, please do not drink water. Water cools the inner heat (what the yogis call "tapas") that helps makes the body flexible. Do drink plenty of water after class. If you feel the need for water, drink water that is room temperature rather than fresh-from-the-fridge cold. (if you are ill or dehydrated from spending time outdoors, please feel free to drink some water -- and Pilates students should always keep water handy)
Tell your teacher about any injuries or special health conditions before class. This will help the teacher make suggestions to make your practice safer and more enjoyable.
Bring your own yoga mat to class for hygienic and energetic reasons. Several mat styles are available to enhance your practice. If you perspire during class, please bring a towel. Please do not use studio blankets without a towel if you are perspiring. (Yoga Yoga and other studios rent mats for those who don't have one with them -- we offer them for free, but we do ask that you spray them lightly and wipe them dry before rolling them back up, tying with the tie, and placing back in the left side of the storage closet. I like the idea of the towel to put over the blankets if you use a blanket and are perspiring. Also, we have a space on the right side of the closet where you can leave your personal mat if you don't want to have to bring it each time -- many students have a mat they leave at the studio and one they keep at home. Nobody else will use your personal mat if you leave it at the studio, but it is a good idea to keep it in a carry bag, or write your name on it with black permanent marker)
Please keep conversations low when you arrive and leave as other students may be relaxing or meditating. We want to create a space of healing, quiet, and relaxation as well as one of friendship. We do like to visit with each other, and joke (even during class) -- our atmosphere is more relaxed, but we should always consider the other students -- especially if they appear to be meditating (sitting with eyes closed) or stretching and warming up. We can always spend time visiting after class, or in the kitchen before. The instructor may be in the office when you arrive -- just go on into the practice room and get yourself set up, and, again, if you keep your conversations low, it shouldn't bother others.The Spirit of Yoga . . . embraces the qualities of compassion, awareness and respect. In this attitude of awareness, we ask that you Ö
Leave cell phones outside the studio. If you are on call or in an emergency situation, please let your instructor know and put your phone on vibrate. If it does "ring", please step into the entrance (where the shoes are) before answering.
Do not bring a beginner to an intermediate class. This is for the beginnerís safety as well as respect for the other students and teachers. Please ask the staff or teachers for suggestions about classes if you are uncertain.
Remove your shoes after entering to keep the floors clean for others.
Refrain from wearing perfumes or fragrances as some people are allergic to strong odors. Yoga mats may be kept fresh by washing them from time to time. If you can, use "facilities" before coming to the studio to save time, and keep our costs down.
Self-awareness leads to attention to detail and to the respect for the space and people around you. Thank you for creating a sacred space for your practice and for respecting your fellow students.
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