Yoga Tips, Etiquette & FAQs

A regular yoga practice can:

  • Reduce stress
  • Give you better, more restful sleep
  • Strengthen and tone your body
  • Improve balance and flexibility
  • Improve your Posture
  • Enhance your mood and overall sense of wellbeing
  • Help to alleviate chronic pain
  • Help to manage depression and anxiety
  • Make you look and feel AMAZING and want to SMILE more often!!!

 Tips/Etiquette for Yoga Practice:

  • Try to arrive a few minutes early so you don’t feel rushed, If you are new to the studio, please let your teacher know and they will have you fill out a short registration form.

  • Sign in on the studio iPad before class, even if you signed up online.

  • Please enter our yoga studio space quietly, soft voices are appreciated.

  • Please remove your shoes and leave them under the benches in reception or carry then into the studio to place in one of the cubbies. No shoes are allowed in the studio.

  • Turn off your phone…yes, even the buzzer.

  • Please no perfumes or strong scents out of respect to those around you.

  • If you are running late for class, please enter the room quietly and find a spot. If you miss part of the warm up, please warm up on your own before jumping in to the flow.

  • Don’t give late-comers the “stink-eye”, lateness happens, please be kind.

  •  Make room for others, everyone should feel welcome. Attempt to stagger your mats so that you can open your arms out to the side without bumping your neighbor. We have room for 3 rows in our studio.

  • Props: No one is too cool for props, they are your friend! Gather props before the start of class and place them within reach by your mat and out of the way of others. Use props to support where your body is today, they really help you make the most out of the Asanas (poses).

  • Try not to practice on a full stomach. It is best to eat 2-3 hours before class or to only have a light snack an hour before class if possible.

  • Be careful not to drink too much water. Most of us hydrate enough ahead of time to sustain us through a full-length class. Taking small sips during class is okay, but you don’t want a belly full of water while you’re twisting, forward bending, inverting, etc. Definitely hydrate as much as you need to after class.

  • Smile and Breathe! If you are not able to do both of these things during class, check in with, and listen to your body. Take it a little slower, re-adjust your pose to your comfort level. Yoga is a practice, and it takes time, there is no need to be in a hurry.


 Yoga FAQs

What should I wear? 

No need for fancy yoga clothes, just be comfortable!  Wear clothes you can move in and that stay close to the body.  Shoes are not worn in the yoga studio.

Do I need to bring anything?

Body Calm provides all of the equipment you will need.   If you prefer to bring your own mat, feel free to use one of ours underneath for extra cushioning if you would like.  Bring a water bottle and a smile!

Am I too inexperienced/inflexible/old/overweight/out of shape for a yoga class?

Yoga is a process and a practice (not a perfect!) that meets everyone where they are in their body and life and looks to improve overall health of body and mind. Finding a class at the right level and with proper instruction and modifications can make all the difference in the world.  If you think you are “inflexible” just know that  people generally increase their flexibility by 35% after just 8 weeks of regular yoga practice!

  

Am I doing something wrong when the yoga teacher comes to adjust me?

In most cases, the assist of the teacher is to fine tune or help you move more deeply into the position in line with what your body is already doing. In cases where your position may be compromising your safety, a teacher may guide you to make the suitable modifications to keep your body healthy and happy.

What do I do if I am not able to do all the moves?

It is always a great idea to rest, watch, slow down, reconnect with your breath, and enjoy the moment you are in!

I have an injury, can I take a yoga class?

We always advise to talk to your doctor, and let the teacher know before class the nature of your injury. Private sessions can also be arranged that will allow you one on one instruction to address your concerns and support your healing.

I have to leave class early, is this ok?

Please let your teacher know before class that you will be leaving early so they know you are okay, and leave quietly after allowing yourself a few minutes of final relaxation.

Can my Child/Teen come to Yoga? 

Our classes are designed for adults (unless specified).  Children over the age of 10 my attend with their parent, but keep in mind that a level of maturity is expected. Yoga begins and ends with silent meditation and stillness. Teens 14 and up may attend with out and adult, after a parental waiver and studio permission is provided.