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New to Yoga
If you are new to yoga, we recommend one of the following entry-level classes to get started:
Intro to Yoga is the perfect place to start if you’ve never taken a yoga class or haven’t practiced in a while. Practitioners are introduced to the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on proper alignment. This class helps to establish a solid foundation for a safe and healthy practice.
Gentle Hatha Classes
Gentle Yoga is a perfect option if you prefer to move at a slower pace and want more detailed instruction.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses that are held for longer periods of time and focus on the deeper tissues of the body.
Beginner/Intermediate indicates the class is a mixed-level class. You are welcome to attend a mixed-level class with the understanding that you will likely be challenged. You may enjoy practicing with students who are more experienced. These classes offer expert instruction in a variety of standing, seated, and reclining postures. Teachers are skilled at modifying poses for new students and those with special needs.
Core: Pilates & Yoga
Our Core class is an all-levels class that offers step-by-step instruction for learning a full complement of Pilates mat exercises. Each exercise maintains respect for the level and needs of the individual student.
- Arrive Early: Plan on arriving at least 10 minutes before class starts to allow enough time to check-in, make a payment if necessary, and get yourself setup. If you arrive late, please wait in the reception area until the breathing/chanting has concluded, and then enter the studio. Due to safety reasons and to ensure a proper warm-up, students will not be admitted to class if more than 10 minutes late.
- Check In: Please be sure to check in at the front desk with one of our staff members. If possible, register for class ahead of time on MindBody; this will secure you a spot in the studio for up to five minutes before class begins (reservations are released five minutes before the start of class).
- Remove Shoes: Please remove your shoes and place them in one of the cubbies in the reception area (there are cubbies in the studio to store valuables).
- Silence Phone: As a courtesy to the instructor and other students in the class, please silence your phones prior to class and leave them in your cubby with your other valuables (please no cell phones near your mat).
- Enter Quietly: Please be aware that there may be another class in session at the time of your arrival or departure. In such cases, please keep conversation to a whisper and quietly gather or return your props before and after class.
- Minimize Conversation: Please keep talking to a minimum before and during class to maintain an atmosphere of quiet, stillness, and peace.
- Hydrate: There is a water fountain in the hallway by the bathrooms. You are also welcome to bring metal water bottles (no glass) into the studio if spills are immediately wiped up. Please refrain from bringing other beverages or food into the studio.
- Avoid Scents: Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scented lotions to class to help preserve our scent-free atmosphere. In yoga, we are breathing deeply while near one another. Even mild scents can seem very strong, especially to those with sensitivities or allergies.
- Stay for Savasana (final resting pose): We strongly recommend that you avoid skipping this period, which is designed to bring your body into its healthiest alignment, help your body/mind integrate what you have learned in the class, and calm the nervous system for maximum health benefits. If on occasion you must leave a few minutes early, inform your instructor before class, set up your mat near the door, and exit the studio before Savasana begins, leaving your props to avoid further disruption.
- Return Props: Please be courteous to the next class by returning all props.
- Come Back: Teaching style, including the level of strenuousness in a class, can vary from teacher to teacher, so we recommend trying a variety of classes to find the fit that is best for you and your yoga practice.