These guidelines are suggestions to enhance your practice and benefit the community. 


Arrive for guided classes on time

Allowing enough time to sign in and set up your practice space. If you must leave early, please inform the teacher before class, and leave as quietly as possible.  When attending a Mysore class, please keep within the scheduled start AND end times for your class. This is courteous to teachers as well as your fellow students.

 

Neatness

Place all bags, purses, and phone in the cubicles upstairs in the back room. An uncluttered space is much calmer – and it avoids anyone tripping over your items in our small space. Please return any props you've used.

 

Temperature Preparation

We follow the traditional Ashtanga practice of keeping the studio roughly at room temperature.  On any given day, the temperature may feel cool - others warm, and still others drafty. We’re lucky to have the option of using our upper-story windows as well as heat and A/C to keep things fairly constant. Still, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself. If you run hot, bring a towel. If you run cool, bring a sweater.

 

Scents

Make sure that your body, your clothes and your mat are clean and free of odors. It is traditional to bathe before and after class.
Please do not wear any artificial aromas, such as perfume, cologne, incense, or essential oils – even if they're labeled “natural” or “organic”. The heat of your practice and in the studio generally will intensify these scents, and some students are allergic, or otherwise very sensitive, to them. 

Roll out your mat with the front edge aligned with the others in your row.

(We prefer not to stagger mats.) This not only maximizes space, it will help you and those around you stay balanced during practice.  If someone else is looking for space for their mat, try to help make room for them.

 

Speaking Softly

We cherish how friendly our community is!  But do please keep your conversations with other students and teachers soft, and to a minimum, while others are practicing – even after you have finished. Practice requires concentration and focus, so we should all be mindful not to disrupt others.

 

Wellness

If you are sick, we ask that you please stay at home and return as soon as you are no longer contagious, as a consideration for the other students and teachers. 

 

Water Bottles

Unless absolutely essential, please don’t bring water bottles in the studio. They frequently spill; and they can too easily become a distraction from focusing on a difficult pose. Water bottles are available for purchase downstairs.