True fearlessness is not the reduction of fear, but going beyond fear.
Shambhala, The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa
TUESDAY CHAIR YOGA
11a.m - Noon $10 or pay what you can
WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY PRIVATE YOGA
SATURDAY Rhythmic YOGA Unwind
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
SUNDAY Beginning YOGA
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Our policies: we are a small community-based studio that strives to create the optimum environment for your yoga. Please help us to continue to serve our area by respecting and following our policies and practices. We love serving our community yet reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time. Advance registration is required for all classes. No drop-ins.
Your Yoga Etiquette*
Try to arrive ten minutes early for class. This will allow time for registration, payment, and finding your spot in the room, which will help the teacher to start class on time for everyone. While you are waiting you can practice a pose, do a few stretches or just sit or lie quietly and focus on your breath. Please refrain from chatter in the yoga studio. If you do arrive a little late, just try to enter the yoga studio as respectfully as possible as others have already begun to relax. If there is an opening meditation, it is best to wait until you see movement in the class before entering. Please remember, your mat is your sacred spaces so please try to respect the sacred space of others and walk around or step over their mat.
Come with an empty stomach
Yoga is best practiced 2-3 hours after a meal. During Yoga Class please do not drink water. Water cools the inner heat (what the yogis call “tapas”) that helps make the body more flexible. Drink plenty of water after class. If you feel the need for water drink water that is room temperature rather than cold. Please don’t bring any food or drinks into the yoga studio.
Keep talking to a minimum and hushed. Comments and loud conversations can distract others from their experience in class, before, during and after. If you have a specific question about something that occurs in class, you can feel free to ask the teacher. Just keep it to a minimum. It helps to think of the studio as a sacred space. Speak in hushed tones even as you enter and leave.
Quiet Electronic Equipment
Turn off cell phones, beeping watches and anything that makes noise when you get to the studio. A ringing phone is distracting to both teacher and students.
What to wear
Snug, stretchy, comfortable. When choosing an outfit, keep stretch and comfort in mind, but also try to imagine what will happen if you have to turn upside down, squat or lunge in it, and practice modesty. It is acceptable for men to take off their shirts in hot classes, though some think it inappropriate. Please avoid all distracting sexy/revealing clothing: think functional not fashion.
Refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, essential oils, and scented lotions or smelling of cigarettes or unwashed body odor. This is out of consideration for others. Most people in yoga class will be sensitive to perfumes and strong body odor. Even natural essential oils can be too much for some people, especially when breathing deeply as we do in yoga class.
Bring your own mat
We have shared yoga mats available. It is best however, to use your own mat. One good reason is that it is more sanitary to use your own mat, rather than a shared mat. Many classes will cause you to sweat. Another reason is energetic; doing your practice on your mat will help deepen your practice.
Bring your own towel if you sweat
Please do not use studio, blankets, bolsters or eye pillows without a towel if you are perspiring.
Don’t come to class if you are sick
Don’t come to class if you are ill with something contagious. Yoga is usually done in close proximity to others and often in a warm moist room. Coming to class sick has the potential of making others sick. Coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, etc. is disruptive for both the teacher and the other students.
Put away mats and props properly. Stack the blankets and blocks neatly. Hang up your strap. Clean up any sweat or debris you may have left.
Come in with an open mind and an open heart. Practicing with an open heart and mind allows us to remain present. This may help you become more aware and understanding, more loving and compassionate, healthier, stronger and more skillful. Practicing non-judgment will not only help you, but may benefit a friend, your family and the world around you.
*adapted from Asheville School of YOGA with permission