Beginners and FAQ
INFORMATION FOR NEW STUDENTS
PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST CLASS:
-Take a moment to honor the fact that you are investing in yourself!
-Set intention for your class. What is it that you want to connect to? If you are unsure, that is okay!
-We recommend your download the Zen Planner App to set up your account and reserve your spot! Otherwise, no worries! A teacher will help you register when you arrive.
-Dress so you can move comfortably! You do not have to have specific "yoga" clothing for class, just nothing too large or too constricting.
-If you are new to yoga and do not yet have your own mat, we have several mats you may borrow at the studio!
UPON ARRIVAL AT THE STUDIO:
-Arrive 10-15 minutes early. Check in at the front desk and pay if needed.
-Remove shoes and place under bench and store personal items. If necessary you may have your purse or wallet next to your mat.
-Turn off or silence your phone.
-Set up your yoga mat in the appropriate place and ask the instructor if there are any props that may be needed. Please leave a clear aisle to the restroom.
-Let your instructor know of any injuries, surgeries, or any health issues you may have so they can help you with modifications. Ask for a chair if needed.
BEFORE CLASS BEGINS:
-If class has not begun, you may meditate, stretch, or introduce yourself to your neighbor.
-Please refrain from using cell phones within studio.
-Get comfortable and honor that you have arrived.
-Release any judgments, expectations, and comparisons. Practice yoga without harming yourself and honor what is best for you. This is your practice, not your neighbors.
-Be kind to yourself. If you make a mistake, smile and keep going!
-Take impeccable care of yourself. Use the restroom located in the back at any time if needed.
-Listen to your body- back out of a pose or ask for assistance if needed.
-Stay for savasana (final resting pose) and take your time getting up when class has ended.
-Thank yourself for taking time for you, and thank your neighbors for practicing with you.
-Yoga classes often end with everyone saying "Namaste" together.
AFTER CLASS ENDS:
-If using a borrowed mat, please clean it off with the Mat Spray.
-Place mats, blocks, & other items back neatly on the shelves. (Learn how to fold the blankets and Maureen will give you gold stars!)
-Make the intention to continue your practice- whether it is yoga or meditation through the week. Schedule your next class, the benefits will come from continued practice.
-Give gratitude to all beings, may we all move beyond suffering and know the true meaning of peace.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I NEED MY OWN YOGA MAT?
We keep a few mats for public use at the studio, but encourage the use of these mats for first time students who want to try a class before they invest in a mat or situations where you have forgotten your mat. Yoga mats are personal use items and you should invest in a high quality mat to use for your practice. Keep in mind that your mat will probably last a minimum of 5-years of daily practice, so you are making an investment in a piece of equipment that you will use for a very long time! You can buy mats almost anywhere, including Target, TJ Maxx, and Barnes & Nobel. The Yoga Room also has an affiliate link through Manduka.com.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
At The Yoga Room none of our teachers promote any type of clothing. It's about the practice, not the image.
You do not need any special “yoga clothes.”
Please wear: yoga pants, stretch pants, exercise pants, shorts, sweatpants, or leggings, a close fitting top that allows for a full range of movement (t-shirt, tank top, etc.) or an exercise top with shelf bra. Everyone must wear shirts (not just a bra top) for modesty.
You may want to bring a sweatshirt or warm-up jacket so that you can stay warm during more restful practices. Make sure that your selection is not so tight that you can’t move freely or so loose that you feel like your clothing is flopping around. The bottom line is, wear whatever makes you comfortable!
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
- Yoga Mat (we have some you can borrow and also some for sale via Manduka.com)
- Water Bottle
- Hand Towel
- Don't bring valuables, perfume, or other heavily scented products.