Frequently Asked Questions
This is Your Space. An Oasis where you can Relax Unwind, Leave your day (all of it) behind you. Leave your “baggage” at the door and come as you are.
Come to your Mat to Find Peace and Lightness.
Be mindful of where and how you park. Try to stay close to the next car to allow others to park too. Use as much space as you can on my own property, in front of the front door house, the garage, etc. Respect our neighbors please.
Please turn off all cell phones before entering studio. If you have an emergency, (say a sick child you left in bed to come to yoga for your sanity), let me know and keep your phone on silent, close to your mat. If you must answer during class, please do so downstairs and outside as quietly as possible so as not to disrupt the class.
Eating & Drinking
Avoid Eating 1-2hrs before class for your own comfort. If you need a snack before class, eat fruit or nuts or a smoothie. Something easy to digest. If you have a water bottle, drink just before and after class but not during. To keep the fire (agni) burning we avoid drinking during practice.
No chewing-gum (during practice) (visualise legs up the wall, your head upside down…self-explanatory…
Injuries & Illness (Ahimsa)
Please mention any pre-existing injury or medical conditions to the instructor BEFORE class starts!
If you are sick, please stay home and nurture yourself towards recovery. (Brahmacharya). Honor and respect your healing body. Don’t share your germs and dirty tissues with your fellow yogis. Which also means that at times I will opt to cancel my class to be in line with this for your sake too.
Be Punctual…But if you’re late…
It happens (unless it’s a pattern you need to look at….). Try to give yourself a few minutes ahead of class to have time to land, settle in, and slow down. If you are a few minutes late, please come in quietly and find the closest mat to you and take a few moments to breathe in stillness before you start moving with the class.
When you come to yoga class, you want to be as clean as possible to show respect to your own self and body first and foremost but also for the practice and for your fellow students “The Sanskrit word “Saucha” refers to purity and cleanliness”. Here, it applies to the simple act of good personal hygiene, brush your hair, wear clean clothes, Bring a clean mat and clean towel in. Use Deodorant. Use toothpaste or mouthwash. You might sweat in some yoga classes, but just like when you sneeze you cover your mouth, you don’t want to spray sweat all over the room. If you do have a tendency to sweat, try placing a towel over your mat and using
another towel for your face and hands.
Respect the Vibe of the Room
Many studios are considered a space for reflection, self-study (Svadhyaya), and focus, and maintaining a quiet and calm atmosphere (if not an altogether silent one) supports this frame of mind. There are studios that have an air of social happy hour before class begins, and you’ll know this immediately upon walking in. You might know me by now…I am not of a quiet nature. I love noise and conversation and commotion in general but I try to tone it down and tune in when I get up the stairs to the yoga studio.
Keep the chit-chat to the entrance hall, whilst taking off/putting on, your shoes/coat, meeting and greeting, If you need to tell someone about something that happened today, download about your hectic day at the office, school issues, your husband, your wife, your children, your boss, or all of the above… But once you walk up the stairs, leave your baggage behind, and step into your own sacred space. Disconnecting from the world outside allows for a better practice.
Avoid all gossiping (Satya) and all negative talk. Keep the political, religious, and terrorist headlines for after class. Because the truth is you can’t do anything about it in that given minute except worry and obsess. Remember that a subject you might bring up just before class could trigger and stick with someone else during his/her whole time on the mat…. Refraining from chit-chat is not just good etiquette but also really beneficial for your state of mind.If you have arrived early and are talking to your fellow practitioners, please do so in a low volume so that others can begin their practice peacefully.
Enter and Settle down Quietly
Avoid stepping on other people’s mat’s as you walk in.
Take a moment to feel it out. Is the energy high with people connecting. Or is everyone quiet, contemplative, and moving slower.
Unroll your Yoga Mat Gently
If someone is happily lying on their yoga mat and waiting for class to begin, then for love of peace and quiet, don’t unroll your mat and smack it down right next to them. Try not fuss and move about a hundred times. Settle down quickly, greet your friends and relax until class starts. Maybe stretch a little, take a child’s pose, down dog, corpse pose, Hero pose, etc… The few minutes before class are ideal for a short meditation or setting an
If people are keeping to themselves before class, then follow suit and respect their turning inward. For some us this is a sacred time and our mat becomes our sanctuary and haven of peace and “ME” time. Don’t be offended if your neighbour doesn’t engage in conversation or you don’t meet his/her gaze. This is a way of creating your own space.
If You Have to Leave Early…
Leave yourself enough time and don’t book things just after class. If you leave early, you leave unbalanced, robbing yourself of the benefits of your class. Remember that Savasana is one of the most important elements in closing your yoga practice, If you skip it, you skip allowing the body to absorb the benefits of the class you just practiced. (Pratyahara). This is where your practice assimilates and the results are infused with a repose so well-deserved and so necessary.
However, this is life, and sometimes things come up and that’s understandable. If you must leave class early, tell the teacher in advance, try to sit in the back near the exit, do your own quick version of Savasana (5 minutes before you need to leave)(When I don’t have a timer to bring me back from Savasana, I usually count back from 100 very slowly), gather your things as quietly as possible, fold up your mat outside the room to create as little kerfuffle as possible. (No need to spray it, exceptionally) and slip out the door in full stealth mode while others are transitioning between poses.
If you suddenly feel ill in a class and can’t continue, pack up deftly and tell the teacher privately why you’re leaving.
“The way you do something is the way you do everything…”
Clean your Area after Class (Saucha). Take the time to complete your practice by mindfully folding your blanket neatly and putting the props back to the top of the mat (or stacking the props back neatly into the shelf if asked to). Hopefully leaving your space the way you found it when you arrived. If you borrowed a mat from the studio, wipe it down with the spray and cloth. If you created a puddle of sweat, wipe it with your towel and some anti-bacterial spray. Take all your belongings with you.
Focus on your own practice, and let go of judgment and competition. Move beyond your boundaries (Tapas) when needed and respect them when necessary (Ahimsa) (Brahmacharya). Tune in to find which applies in this moment.
Start where you are (Santosha)
Respect your body. Practice Ahimsa, non-violence on yourself first. Be willing to accept where you are, how you are feeling today, and the rest will come in time
When practicing with a partner
Ask if you can step on or use someone else’s mat. Be considerate, tune in even more to each other’s needs. Thank each other for helping and assisting at the end of the exercice or class.
Travel Light keep your space free of clutter
Place your personal objects in the cubby holes at the top of the stairs and only keep close by what you absolutely need. (sweater, socks, eye pillow, props). You won’t need a water bottle during practice.