Studio Etiquette

Studio Etiquette

Studio etiquette is an expression of ahimsa or non-harming to yourself and others. It is a great practice for developing awareness of your world and those around you. The following suggestions are designed to help us all experience more compassion and kindness toward ourselves, others and our environment.

If you are new to the studio, please set up an account online before coming to the studio. We are happy to assist you with this if you have any trouble. You must reserve a space online one hour in advance to the start of class. If there are no reservations for a class one hour to the start time it will be cancelled for that day.  If this is your first class, please try to arrive 10 – 15 minutes early.  This is  a great opportunity to ask any questions and let your teacher know of any injuries or health issues you may have.  Special Note:  The front entrance and parking lot is located on the rear side of the building.

The studio is heated but you may want layers for relaxation.  Please wear comfortable, light, non-restrictive clothes.  Barre and core classes require socks with treads that you can purchase at the studio for $15.

Make sure to leave your bags, shoes or jackets in the entryway  Please turn off your cell phone or leave it in your vehicle.

Please be seated in the classroom a few minutes BEFORE the start of class. Each class is organized with a beginning, middle and end, all of which contribute to your experience. If you come in late, not only will you miss something but you may disrupt the class experience for someone else as well.

Think of the studio as a special sacred place where you can take refuge. With that awareness in mind, please:

  • If you are socializing before class, be mindful of others who may be meditating or sitting quietly in the studio. Please keep your conversational volume on low and try not to talk to one another from across the room.
  • Organize your practice area with neatness and consideration of those around you. Put your props, water bottles and towels close to your mat.

Many people are sensitive or allergic to various fragrances and scents.

Please refrain from chewing gum in class. Be sure to bring water to keep yourself properly hydrated before and after class. The studio has bottled water for sale if you forget your own. Also, the movement practices at the studio work all the internal organs as well as the outer body muscles. It is best to have an empty or near empty stomach during your practice. Try to allow yourself 2-3hrs after a full meal before you practice.

Because we want you to use clean, safe props while you are at the studio, we provide mats & props and clean them regularly.  You are welcome to bring your own mat if you’d like.  For those of you who tend to sweat a lot during practice, feel free to bring your own hand towel to class.

Socks are strongly recommended and available for purchase at the front desk.

Please return all props to their appropriate place at the end of the class. If you borrowed a mat, please clean it and then roll it back up properly. If you are unsure about how to do that, please ask your teacher. Blocks should be arranged on the shelves alongside other blocks. Belts should be rewound into a palm-sized spiral and placed in the belt basket.

Each of us has our own individual levels of strength, flexibility, and experience. That’s what makes the practice so fun! Your body may express the postures in a way that is unique to only you. So do not push yourself too far, too soon. You are the only one who knows how you’re feeling at any moment, so listen to the wisdom of your body and take care of yourself.

Though we hope you will plan to stay for the entire class, if you absolutely have to leave early, please be sure to practice savasana (corpse pose, deep relaxation) for at least five minutes before you go. Also, please leave quietly BEFORE the other students begin their savasana (relaxation) to avoid disruption to their practice.

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