YOGA TIPS, ETIQUETTE & FAQ
TIPS FROM THE MAT
- Always try to arrive a few minutes early so that you do not feel rushed. If you are new to the studio, please let your teacher know so that they can ensure you've filled out the registration form.
- Sign-in on the studio iPad before class starts (even if you've registered for the class 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 them into the studio to be placed in a cubbie. No shoes are allowed in the studio.
- Turn your phone off (yes, even the vibrate feature can be disruptive).
- Please do not wear any strong perfumes or scents out of respect for those around you.
- If you are running late for class, please enter the room as quietly as possible. If you miss part of the warm up, please warm up on your own before jumping into 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 three rows in the studio.
- Props - Nobody is too cool for props... they are your friend! Gather props before the start of class and place them within easy reach by your mat (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 two-three hours before class, or to only have a light snack an hour before class.
- Be careful not to drink too much water. Most of us hydrate enough ahead of time to sustain us through an entire class. You do not want to be full of water while twisting, bending, inverting, etc. - hydrate as much as you'd like to after class!
- Smile and breathe! If you are not able to do both of these things during class, check in with your body and listed. Take it a little slower, re-adjust your pose to a more comfortable level. Yoga is a practice and it takes time - no shortcuts!
No need for expensive yoga attire, comfort is key! Wear clothing that you can move in and that stays close to the body. Remember, shoes are not to be worn in the yoga studio.
Body Calm provides all of the equipment that 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. Do bring a water bottle and a smile!
Yoga is a process and a practice (not a perfect!) that meets everyone where they are in their body and life. Yoga looks to improve overall health of body and mind. Finding a class at the right level 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 eight weeks of regular yoga practice!
In most cases, the assist from 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.
It is always a great idea to rest, watch, slow down, reconnect with your breath, and enjoy the moment you are in!
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.
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.
Our classes are designed for adults (unless specified). Children over the age of 10 may 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 without an adult, after a parental waiver and studio permission is provided.