FAQ

Before Classes

We recommend that you do not eat a full meal at least 2 hours before class. If you are hungry, however, we recommend a light snack such as fruit or an energy bar. Prepare your body. Drink ample water throughout the day before you take class. If you are in a warm class consider taking electrolytes before class. Great sources of natural electrolytes include coconut water and watermelon juice.

 

If you’re new, try to arrive at least 15 minutes early for your first class. Wear something you feel comfortable sweating in: Jog bra/tank and shorts/leggings for women, running style shorts for men. If you have an injury, please talk to the instructor prior to class so that they can give you proper modifications.

During Classes

The instructor does not always demonstrate the postures so do your best to be a good listener. Expect to sweat. Most of our classes are done in a warm environment in order to stretch safely. Listen to your body. It’s normal to need to take breaks. If you have to leave the room, quietly let the teacher know.

After Classes

There is a short-guided meditation built in to the end of class, known as the final savasana. This is when your body begins to absorb the benefits from class.

Rehydrate after class with water and if needed additional natural or supplemental electrolytes. Eat a balanced snack or meal within 90 minutes of class.

Bring a glass or bottle of water with you to bed, as your body continues to dehydrate as you sleep. Start your day with at least 8 ounces of water.

Etiquette

Be mindful of your punctuality:

As instructors, we work hard to respect our clients’ schedules by starting and ending class on time. Arriving late can disrupt the focus of both participants and teachers. However, we do realize that things happen. With this in mind, our studio policy is that if there is ample space in the room, you may enter in between postures up within 5 minutes of start time in any of our classes.  If the class is full and would require for people to re-adjust their mats, you may be asked to come for another class.

 

Leaving class early:

We understand that there are times when you may need to leave class early. If you know you need to leave class early, please let the instructor know before the class begins and try your best to set up near the door for easy exit.  We also highly recommend that you allow yourself 2 minutes of savasana before you leave.  This final relaxation is an important part of the class where your body is able to reap all the benefits of the class.

 

Personal hygiene:

Out of respect for each other be mindful of your own odors. Wear clean yoga clothes, refrain from using cologne, lotions or perfumes, keep your breath fresh, and feet and toenails clean and properly maintained. At the end of class, take a moment to wipe down any sweat from the floor around you.  If you are an extra heavy sweater, please bring an extra towel to leave your spot dry.

 

Respect each other’s space:

Please do your best to place your mat in a neat row to make space for other yogis around you. If this is not your first time, please set up in the front rows. This helps people behind you know where to set up. If you’re in a busy class, consider making room for others walking in. We want to make sure there is room for everyone. Please refrain from entering or exiting the yoga room while others are in a posture. Be mindful about your belongings around your mat, especially your water bottle, making sure it is not blocking someone’s vision in the mirror when practicing floor postures/exercises.

 

Keep the Studio a Peaceful Place:

Many people think of the studio as an escape from the hectic world in which we live.  It’s a space for quiet and relaxation.  Once inside the yoga room please keep talking to a minimum, and at a low volume before class begins for those wishing to relax and meditate. Please keep all cell phones or any electronics outside of the yoga room.  In final relaxation at the end of classes, please avoid talking until you are outside of the studio space. Observe silence in the yoga room during final savasana. This might be the only time of the day that many people have silence and tranquility and we want them to enjoy it completely.

 

Other Etiquette Tips:

Please remove your shoes when you arrive in the lobby and place them in the cubbies in the front or back.

 

If you are not feeling well, take some time for your body to recover and avoid taking class. Not only does your body need the rest, but we also want to avoid spreading anything to our fellow practitioners.

 

Please avoid chewing gum in class. With any yoga postures it can be unsafe to have gum in your mouth.

 

If you have a comment for the instructor, please share it after class.

 

Studio Policies

• All students must sign the liability waiver before their first class.

 

• We value your loyalty and dedication to your practice. As a business that focuses on both the mind and body, we strive to maintain a peaceful and positive  environment. Please be respectful of your fellow practitioners and staff. Any aggressive, disruptive or sexually suggestive behavior will not be tolerated.

 

• The studio opens 15 minutes before class. Clients must sign in at the front desk before entering the yoga room.

 

• Any student under the age of 16 must be with a parent or guardian to take any classes.

 

• Please be signed-in, and in the yoga room 5 minutes before the start time of your first class. This is for your safety and to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

 

• Practitioners must practice on a mat. If you are in a warm class please have at least 1 large towel or yogi toes mat and a hand towel.

 

• Cell phones are not permitted in the yoga room. Text & email are permitted in the lobby and locker rooms.  No camera recording is permitted in the studio without the owner’s permission.

 

• Practitioners must arrive at least 5 minutes prior to their class for the teacher to start class on time. The front door locks 5 minutes after class starts.

 

• Rates are subject to change. All purchases are final.

 

• We are not responsible for any items left at the studio.

 

• The Shala takes cash, checks and all major credit cards.

 

• Shala memberships include 2 classes a day maximum. This is for your own safety and your well-being is our top priority.

 

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