Preparing for a Class
Cell phones. We encourage you to take a break from your devices…in fact, unless you are a doctor and/or are expecting some emergency call we ask that you leave your cell phone in the hall, on mute or vibrate, with your other belongings for the duration of the class. If you must have your cell phone with you and will need to answer a call or text we request that you take the following steps to safeguard the peace your fellow yogis are hoping to revel in…1. alert the teacher before class begins. 2. Arrange to be at the back of the room closest to one of the exits and 3. Discreetly and quietly leave to conduct your business so that the class can proceed uninterrupted.
Don’t eat 2 hours before. We twist the body, turn it upside down and bend it forward quite a lot so don’t eat a full meal at least 2 hours before class – the emptier your stomach, the more enjoyable your practice will be.
Drink 1–2 liters of water. Make sure you are well hydrated, as it is better to drink before and after class than during. Only drink as needed during the class. Try not to ‘put out the fire’ and do not use this as a method of mentally pulling yourself out of the practice.
What to Wear
We recommend wearing something light and comfortable such as shorts, leggings, sport bras, or stretchy gym wear. Avoid sweats, track pants, and heavy t-shirts especially in our heated classes. Bring a change of clothing and a towel for a shower (we have shower facilities) and a plastic bag for your sweaty clothes!
What to Bring
- Yoga mat. BYOM or you may rent one for $1.
- Towel. BYOT or you may rent one for $2 or $4 for a Yogitoes yoga towel.
- Water. BYOW or we have bottled water and refreshments for sale and/or a filtered water bottling refilling station.
- A smile, an open mind and a good attitude.
Signing Up and Arriving for a Class
Note: If you have registered online and are not present 3 minutes prior to class your spot will be given to the first person on the wait list if the class is full.
Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes before class starts. Allow time to find parking and to check in.
If you have an injury, medical condition or history of an injury and/or a pre-existing medical condition (e.g. low blood pressure, heart conditions, etc.) check with your doctor that your chosen style of yoga is suitable for you and talk to us – we want to help you!
We also ask that you inform the instructor before class. If you are unsure of whether your medical history will permit your participation, please contact us.
And while we don’t see being pregnant as a medical condition (we do know that it is a life-changing event) we ask that you inform the instructor, do your research and select an appropriate class for your level. Don’t be afraid to ask us questions – we want to help you!
Arriving Late & Leaving Early
For the benefit of yourself and fellow practitioners, we request that you don’t arrive to class later than 10 minutes after class has started and to avoid leaving early, if at all possible.
The true benefits of yoga come through experiencing the practice in totality. Each class starts with a warm up period and ends with a relaxation period. These are intrinsic pieces to the whole experience. Entering late and leaving early don’t allow for you to achieve the full benefits of the practice and can interrupt your fellow practitioners from reaching their full benefits, as well.
In the event that you arrive late or need to leave class early, please unroll or roll up your mat quietly – in the hallway if necessary.