Begin your practice before you arrive! Notice your breath, set your intentions.
Try to arrive early, as the doors close promptly at class time. Give yourself time for stretching, meditation, and a finding a good spot on the floor! We know that traffic has gotten worse in Charleston, so keep this in mind when coming to class. We do our best to get students into class, but we may turn away late arrivals.
Please leave your cell phones and any other electronic devices that make noise in the cubby and turned off (and turn vibrate off as well.). We ask that no cellphones be brought into the studio.
Remove your shoes before entering the studio. In addition to respecting our practice space, this helps keep our floors clean and protected.
Please no perfumes, oils or body scents. Many people are sensitive or allergic to smells. We want to everyone to have the freedom to breath fully.
Practice on an empty tummy or have a light snack 1-2 hrs before class.
Please practice good hygiene and dress modestly. Ensure that you and your mat are clean before practice.
Please bring your own mat, if you have one. If you rent a mat please return it to the front desk. Also write your name on your own mat in case it is left behind. This happens often!
Savasana/relaxation is important. If you must leave class early position yourself near the door and take 5-10 minutes before you leave to lie quietly. Please leave quietly before everyone else is in relaxation.
If you’ve used blocks or straps, place them back the way you found them. Fold your blanket; fringe in the back makes a nice stack!
Practice with an open heart and an open mind, allowing yourself to participate fully in this time you have set aside for your self-care.
We generally suggest that new students start their practice in a Gentle yoga class (we offer many!). This will help you to learn the shape of the poses, the language of yoga and to gauge your desire to move into a more challenging class. The Foundational Flow and Level 1 classes would be a great next step.
Make sure to wear comfortable clothing.
We use a ‘passcard’ system. You can buy them online or at the front desk. Cards will be filed under your last name and you will take the card into class and put it on your mat for the teacher to pick up. They will file again for use the next time you come to class.
We do not do pre-registration/online registration for our classes. If you are here on time, we will make sure you get a spot to practice.
It is ok to take a break during the practice. Beginners can easily get overwhelmed with the various poses during the yoga class. It’s easy to get dizzy, so it is important to take a break if you are experiencing any nausea or fatigue. Listening to your body is crucial to avoid unnecessary injuries. For example, if you have high blood pressure, yoga is great for you, but every time you lift your hands up your blood pressure increases, so you have to be careful. Depending on the class series and what you are experiencing, you can always return to “child’s pose.
Yoga is first and foremost your practice. So make sure you experience a few different types of practices and teachers in order to find the one or two that fit you best. Sometimes complimenting practices can be the perfect match for what you need.
If you have a question, by all means ask it, but try to wait until after class. Teachers are happy to guide their students outside of the practice!
Often, at the start and/or close of class, the teacher will have students join in the sound of ‘om’. This, at it’s simplest, is the sound of energy and therefore, by chanting it together we are joining our energies. The teacher may also bow her head and say “namaste” to the class. If it moves you to do so, you would respond with “namaste” back. You may notice the other students around you saying it as well. Namaste is your teacher’s way of saying she honors the divinity in you. Your saying it back says you honor the divinity in her too.