getting started

Preparing for class:
-Put on something comfortable. Preferably something form-fitting that gives you free range of motion. Women should wear a sports bra or the equivalent.

-Bring a yoga mat if you have one. You might also want to bring a hand towel. If you don’t have a yoga mat, you can rent one at the studio.

-Don’t eat before you practice. It’s best to practice on an empty stomach. We highly recommend that you avoid eating in the two hours before class.

Arriving at the studio:
-Park and find the building. There is free parking on the corner of Freret St. and Jena St. This free parking lot extends all the way around the back of our building. There is also street parking. We are on the second floor, better for communing with nature!  

-Where to place your shoes and valuables. You may leave your shoes under the seating area upon entering or in the prop and mat storage rooms located just inside the practice room. Personal belongings should go in a cubby hole inside the prop and mat storage rooms.

-Cell Phones. Please make sure to turn off your cell phone before you enter the building and leave them with your personal belongings during the class.

Entering the classroom:
-Enter quietly if the class has already started. If it’s your first class, the teacher will greet you, have you fill out an intake form, and get you started. 

-Wait for the opening chant to finish. At the beginning of every class, the teacher will “call and response” the opening prayer. It is customary to wait for it to finish before moving around the room.

-Take your place on the mat. If it’s your first class, you’re welcome to observe for a little while before getting started. When ready to begin, the teacher will instruct you individually, starting with the Sun Salutations.

-Expect your first class to be 45 minutes to an hour. We teach to the individual so more or less time might be needed for your specific practice. Your practice time will lengthen as you make progress. If you have a time constraint, let your teacher know before class so they can adjust instruction accordingly.

Leaving the classroom:
-Meet with the teacher. After you take rest (a regular part of the practice), roll up your mat and put it away. The teacher will meet with you then to answer any follow-up questions and give you your welcome package. 

-Get your “cheat sheet.” Part of your welcome package, your “cheat” sheet shows the sequence you learned in class. This is for review at home or before class, but is not used in class because a teacher will be there to guide you.

-Receive the class schedule. There are a number of class time options to choose from. The teacher will also present you with a number of enrollment and payment options so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.


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