Welcome to the studio! You have made the first step in exploring the wonderful world of yoga, but now what? Below are some helpful tips so you know what to expect during your first few visits to the studio.
Pick your first class...
For those new to yoga we recommend our gentle yoga class on Thursday mornings and our restorative yoga class on Wednesday evenings, however all of our classes are beginner friendly and our instructors are very welcoming to all new to the practice.
Walk-ins are always welcome! If you would like, you can also book your class here on our website or on the MINDBODY app. Registering for class helps to ensure your space is retained in the class. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration to allow space for other students in the event that the class sells out.
What to wear & bring...
For yoga, appropriate attire should be loose-fitting so that it is comfortable to move around in, but not so loose that it is in the way and the teacher can not see your form. We recommend our students wear tee-shirts or tank tops and elastic waist shorts or sweats. Leggings and yoga pants are also options.
Bring a water and your mat, if you do not have a mat we offer mat rental for $2.00.
When you arrive...
Arrive a few minutes early for class and check in at the front desk. Let our front desk staff know if you need to rent a mat and we will get you set up. Once you are checked in remove your shoes and enter the yoga room to lay out your mat and get your props. The instructor will let you know what props will be needed for class. Once you mat is out and you have your props find seated posture or savasana pose and ground into your mat preparing for your practice.
Remove your shoes...
For yoga it is customary to have bare feet in the yoga room. This helps to ground into our practice and help ensure you are not slipping and sliding while practicing. There are designated areas in the lobby to leave your shoes and other belongings.
It is customary to leave your phone turned off or on silent with your other belongings in the lobby. This is your time to relax. Take advantage of it and enjoy your time without your phone!
It may seem like a lot but don't worry...just see what everyone else is doing and go with the flow. As you enter the room, find a spot where you can see the teacher well. Also, it is proper etiquette not to step on anyone else’s mat while you are in transit.
Things you might hear at OMasana...
Many yoga classes begin and end the class by chanting the sound “Om.” This Sanskrit word is said to be the sound of creation, and helps to unite energy and bring sacredness to the practice.
This pose is the most common and accepted “resting pose” in the physical practice, and is a good one for you to be familiar with for when you need to take a break. From your hands and knees, simply sit back on your heels and put your forehead on the floor with your arms outstretched or wrapped back around your legs. Feel comfortable taking this pose anytime.
Pronounced sha-VAH-sah-nah, this is always the first and final resting pose. In our studio your feet will always face away from the instructor in savasana. This gesture represents respect for the instructor and respect for the ancient teachings of yoga passed down for generations. The pose is quite simple; you’ll just lie on your back for a few minutes while the benefits of the practice absorb into your system.
The tradition at the end of any yoga class is for the teacher and students to say the word “Namasté” to each other. This word has many beautiful translations, but essentially means “I bow to the Divine in you.”