Do I need to arrive early? Yes! Allow yourself 5-10 minutes before the start time to get set up, make a payment, use the bathroom, ask questions, meditate, etc.
Can I bring my (insert device here) in? If you must bring your cell phone, smart watch, or any other device in- it must be on silent with vibrations off. Leaving devices in your locked car would be the best bet. Listening to the latest ringtone is not exactly relaxing- unless the ringtone happens to be nature sounds with chimes and singing bowls…then that might be fun.
Can I wear my shoes? Shoes need to be taken off upon entering the studio. This helps keep our space clean for our practice. There’s no telling what you stepped in during the day and nobody wants to find out while taking a nice, deep breath in through their nose! There is an area to place your shoes and belongings right when you walk in the door.
What should I wear for yoga? In the studio, wear whatever you’re comfortable in. There’s no judgment in yoga…but I’m going to go ahead and say no birthday suits. Some people like to wear layers so they can make adjustments as class goes on and they warm up/cool down. Yoga is done barefoot. Hair can be up or down. You just show up in something comfortable that you can move in!
On yoga hikes, wear clothing you don’t mind getting a little nature on. Always check the weather before choosing clothing. It’s important to be comfortable, but it’s also important to be safe and protected from the elements (rocks, thorns, bugs, sun, etc.). You are responsible for applying your own sunscreen and any tick/insect repellent- I don’t plan on handing out free massages.
For paddle board yoga, wear clothing you don’t mind getting wet in. Bathing suits are not required, but a good idea- I make no promises that you’ll stay dry. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, etc. are always a good idea as well.
What do I need to bring? Yourself for sure. And maybe a friend. If you show up with just you- we are fully stocked with mats, blankets, blocks, straps, and bolsters. If you prefer to bring your own mat/props- you’re welcome to do that as well. Some folks like a towel for sweat. You’re also welcome to bring a bottle of water!
I need to leave early- is that okay? Short answer? No. Long answer? Unless there is an absolute emergency, it’s important to stay for the entire class. Savasana is quite possibly the best part of yoga and such a gift to your entire being- why would you skip it?! You deserve every last second of relaxation! If something comes up, discretely come chat with me and we’ll get it worked out.
I signed up for class, but now my (insert body part here) is - should I skip class? You are in charge of your body. If you’ve had an injury, illness, surgery, etc. it’s important to get cleared from your doctor. If you’re sore from yardwork, it’s important to listen to and honor your body throughout class. What in the world does that mean?! It means, no matter what I’m teaching- you should never move into a place of pain. So if tree pose isn’t honoring your body today- take mountain pose. Just chat with me before class about any concerns and we’ll work together to be sure you’re taking care of you!