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Some Frequently asked questions about our studio:

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Where should I park?
Our building has 2 parking lots. You may use either one and enter through the main hallway door located on the sides of the building.

What do I do when I get to the studio?
Enter our lobby (directly across the hall from the studio) before going into our practice studio. Leave your shoes and coats there. Always check in for class with the instructor before taking a class.

When should I arrive?
Arrive a few minutes early to every class. 10 to 15 minutes early is best for your 1st class. Enter our practice studio quietly and take some time to meditate or stretch gently.

May I enter a class late?
If you are a little late please enter the studio being quiet and mindful of others. If it is your 1st class or you are going to be more then 10 minutes late please come to another class.

Do I need to buy a mat?
If you have a mat, bring your own. We have some to borrow if you forget, but having your own personal mat is best for hygienic reasons. You may also want to bring a towel for perspiration. Keep your mat clean. Wipe it down regularly and wash it occasionally.

What should I wear?
Dress in layers. You may get warm as you practice and cool as you relax. Adjust as necessary.  Consider your yoga wardrobe choices before going to class: Can you stretch and move comfortably? Can you bend forward without your shirt falling into your face? Do you need to constantly adjust your top or waistband? Wear clothes that limit these types or distractions and don’t forget a hair tie or headband if you have long locks to contend with.

What do I do with my phone?
Finish your phone conversation outside and silence your cell phone when you enter the office. Leave your phone in your car or the office. This is your hour to Turn OFF and Tune IN, get to know yourself and your fellow yogis. If you are in an emergency or on call situation, let the instructor know before class.

May I leave class early?
Leaving early is okay, but if you need to leave early please let the teacher know ahead of time. Finish your practice 10 minutes before you need to leave and take that time to relax in savasana. Quietly leave the room when you have finished. Try to time your exit before the rest of the class goes into relaxation.

What do I do after a yoga class?
We know yoga can make you feel a little spaced out sometimes, please pause before you leave to fold blankets neatly and to clean and put away any props you borrowed for class. Make sure you have all your personal belongings you came in with. Drink water after class to re-hydrate.

What should I do at home?
Cultivating a home practice is essential to sustaining a lifelong practice of yoga. Take time each day to stretch and unwind. A little goes a long way. 10 minutes of gentle stretches, mindful breathing and or meditation are all it takes to greatly enhance your life. Try a short online video, listen to relaxing music or go for a walk in nature. With consistency your practice will improve over time. Avoid comparing yourself to others and enjoy the present moment.  

Can I eat before doing yoga?
Practice on an empty stomach. We recommend you wait three hours after a meal to practice. Yoga has many twists and inversions, an empty belly makes yoga much more comfortable to practice. If you must eat before class eat very light food or have a little juice.

A little about hygiene....Yoga is fantastic physical exercise but more importantly, yoga is a practice in mindfulness. Be aware of personal hygiene. Come to class showered and refrain from wearing any fragrances to class. We will be breathing deeply and many people are sensitive to strong smells.