No need to have any fancy outfits, unless of course you want to! It is important to wear what is comfortable, breathable and moveable. Cotton and cotton/spandex blends work well. Sweatpants and t-shirt are OK, no need to wear super tight or binding clothing. However, it is important that the clothes are not too loose or baggy because they can get caught or be in your way. If they are shifting too freely they can leave you feeling distracted and exposed and needing to adjust. Also it is nice for the teacher to be able to see your form, like the backs of your knees as an example, during practice. Yoga pants are good or a loose legging. Form fitted shorts are a good option for men and woman. For your comfort and the comfort of others, if you are wearing shorts, a tank, or bra top, just make sure it will be enough to cover you so no embarrassing moments happen. We want to be respectful to our space and the space we share with others. That being said #2....
Heavy detergents and colognes can be distracting and can act as an allergen to some people. Already used your products for the day? You are still welcome to join, just keep it in mind and have a unscented yoga outfit for the future. Do your best to not use scented products directly before class. Please, do not use scented products in the studio.
When walking through the studio go around or step over other peoples mats. This is a sometimes an unknown as you begin yoga practice & knowing this one will make you look like a pro! ;)
You don't need anything but yourself! You can bring your own mat if you prefer, water or a light snack for after class. We provide basic yoga mats and props as well as water and tea here for you at the studio. You can bring a towel if you'd like for sweating as we do not provide a towel service.
It is not recommended to practice directly after eating. Already ate? Not a big deal, you can still come to class, but you will want to wait about 3 hours after a large meal and 2 after a smaller meal. This way you'll have a much easier time moving though your practice. If you need to eat before class, juice, a light snack of nuts, 1/2 a protein or granola bar or a piece of dark chocolate are great options! These will hold you through till after class. Then you can feast!
Give brief eye contact to the teacher, letting them know you are ok.
It can take longer than you think to arrive, get checked in or changed, find your place on your mat, greet the instructor and friends, etc.
In the interest of class starting on time please come early and get settled. Once you are in the studio, please keep most of the small talk and chat to a minimum, or talk outside the practice space. You do not have to be completely silent, but do your best to arrive at your mat and take time to connect with your breath and move your focus inward to your own space as you are waiting for class to start. Feel free to stretch, warm up, lay flat, or rest and relax in Childs pose! This is a way to create space for yourself and acts as a courtesy to others. We never know what kind of a day someone else has had, what they may be going through, or why they came to class. So this is a way to support our own practice and the practice space of others by keeping it free from the distractions and social stuff we do the rest of the time. There are many great conversations & connections to be had with the people you'll meet at yoga! Feel free to chat outside the practice space, please.
Not taking ourselves too seriously can bring an essential quality to the yoga experience. We value and encourage a light hearted sense of ourselves. Keeping our sense of humor close as we practice can give us and others a freedom and curiosity to explore.
You don't have to come to class feeling or being any certain way. It doesn't matter if you are feeling sad, happy, ready to work out or tired, crabby or even very un-zen. No big deal! Class will help! Come! No make up? Barely making it? Best day ever or straight from work? No need to chat if you are not in the mood, Or share and shine if you'd like!