Must I register or pay in advance for a class?
Students register at the time they attend their first class, so plan on arriving at least 10 minutes before start time.
Students choose a payment plan and pay either before or after their first class in the plan they have chosen.
Cell phones should be put on silence or turned off during class
Please arrive on time to class; 5-10 minutes prior is good
We start and end with relaxation/meditation, so please be respectful
What should I wear to class?
Students should wear comfortable clothing to yoga class. Some people like to wear sweatpants or shorts and tee shirts, others prefer to wear leotards or unitards to class. The most important factor is that you be able to move easily without your clothing binding or constricting. Clothing should not be too tight such that it restricts your movement; nor should clothing be too baggy as you and your teacher will need to see your alignment during practice to make adjustments to your postures. This enables the yoga instructor to ascertain whether you are in the correct posture and to make minor adjustments to your body. It will allow you to get the maximum benefit from your practice.
In order to maintain the cleanliness of our space, please remove your shoes before entering the yoga area.
What should I bring to class?
You are not required to bring any equipment to class. Yoga and Friends provides several kinds of props for your use. Studio equipment includes yoga mats, blocks, straps and yoga balls. This gives you an opportunity to try several classes before you decide whether you want to purchase any equipment yourself. Many students bring their own yoga mats to class. Some students have their own blocks and straps. Some students prefer to use the studio equipment rather than purchase their own.
Please use the cleaning agents available at the studio to wipe down yoga mats after class.
At the end of class the teacher always says "Namaste". What does "Namaste" mean?
Namaste is a Sanskrit word and is pronounced as “na ma stay” with the ‘a’ in the first two syllables pronounced as the ‘a’ in ‘America’ and the last syllable pronounced as the word ‘stay’.
Namaste is a gesture of friendship and kindness and also of thanks or special recognition. In our yoga class it is a form of gratitude and respect between teacher and student and means “I bow to the teacher in you, as you bow to the teacher in me.”
To perform Namaste, put your hands together in front of your heart, close your eyes and gently bow your head and shoulders as you say “Namaste”. If done with deep feeling in the heart and with the mind surrendered, a deep union of spirits can blossom. The teacher is also showing respect toward her own teachers and in return invites the students to connect with their lineage symbolizing that we are all one when we live from the heart.
What if I'm not flexible?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga is not about how flexible you are; it is about learning to work with your body as it is right now and gently encouraging it to stretch and breathe more freely.
Is yoga different from stretching?
Many people think that yoga is stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses, each of which has specific physical benefits. In a yoga pose your are "mindful". You are constantly monitoring your body and listening to its feedback and adjusting yourself (perhaps quite subtly) inside the pose. Your mind becomes very focused.