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Yoga Etiquette

What to wear and bring

Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows you to feel comfortable during movement. If you have your own yoga mat, please bring it along. We have Community Mats for you to borrow and also sell high quality, eco-mats in the boutique. Feel free to bring a bottle of water. We have water and tea in the Yoga Center for you to enjoy after class.

Yoga Etiquette

Here are some ways to get more out of the yoga classes you attend….

    • Try to arrive early (at least 10 minutes) to class so that you can take some time to relax and settle into the class. Practice a little breathing or just sit or lie quietly and center yourself for the practice.
    • Try not to eat for two hours before class so that you can really relax and enjoy the practice without a feeling of fullness or cramping.
    • Be sure to let your instructor know about any injuries or conditions that might affect your practice. Real yoga should never hurt. Always ask for help if something doesn’t feel right or you are unsure how to do a pose. You are always welcome to relax in child’s pose or savasana (lie down) if you are feeling fatigued.
    • Take a loving attitude toward yourself and your practice. Yoga is a healing, a restorative practice that teaches us to listen to ourselves and love ourselves, just as we are. Straining yourself is the opposite of true yogic philosophy.
    • Create an intention (sankalpa) for your practice. This can be something specific, like to become more flexible, or it can be a prayer for yourself or someone else.
    • Please leave cell phones in the car or at home. If you do bring your phone into the studio, be sure to turn it off before the practice begins.
    • Allow yourself some time after class to relax and absorb the lessons learned in class.