Q: Do I need to call to register before I attend a class?
A: It isn't necessary to call before your first class unless you are planning to drop into Kundalini Yoga without previous experience in that style of practice.
If you have concerns about a limiting physical condition don't hesitate to call in advance for information. Also, please be sure to call if you want any clarification on directions to the studio as MapQuest and your GPS will misdirect you to Fountain Dr. The best time to call is weekday afternoons between 11:30 - 5:00P.
Classes start on time and a first-time drop-in needs to arrive about 10 minutes early to fill out a registration form and speak with the instructor before the class begins. Only established students who hold a punch card or pass may slip into a class after its started.
Q: Can I try a class before I purchase a pass or punch card?
A: Yes. You can pay as a drop-in before any class starts and apply that $15 toward your punch card or pass if you purchase it immediately after finishing the class. If you are a first-time student taking the 'SAMPLE' class on Monday and you purchase the pass or punch card at that session your card or pass will start with that class but at a $15 savings.
Q: Can I come to any class on the schedule?
A: Punch card and pass holders have total flexibility in coming to any class whenever it is convenient for them. Basic Hatha and Hatha Yoga classes are strongly recommended as the place to begin for drop-ins new to the studio without any previous yoga experience, especially for those with physical limitations that may require some modification. Students new to the studio who wish to drop into a Kundalini class are asked to contact the instructor in advance unless they've had some prior experience with this style of yoga.
Q: What is the difference between a punch card and a pass?
A: An unlimited pass is a savings for people who regularly come to class at least twice a week. With a punch card you can come more than twice a week as well but you also have more time to spread out your classes and of course you have only a set number.
Q: I'm not sure if I want to try yoga. Can I just watch a class to see what you do first?
A: Sorry but no. If you're shy about jumping into a class the first time, don't be. Its really not scary at all once you're on the mat. The teacher does everything she can to help new students relax and feel comfortable. In fact, that's precisely why observers aren't allowed in class; because being watched may make some people feel self-conscious.
Q: What should I bring? Do I need my own mat? Do you sell mats at the studio?
A: The studio provides all the props you'll need. There are Clorox wipes to sanitize the mats before returning them to their rack. Most students do prefer to bring their own mat once they get established in their practice. The studio does not sell these because they can be purchased locally below wholesale cost at TJMaxx and Marshall's.
Q: What should I wear to class?
A: The dress code for a yoga class is comfortable, modest, non-restrictive clothing and bare feet. Other than that, wear what you like. Layers that you can take off as you warm up or put back on again as you cool down are always a good idea.
Q: How many other people will be in the class? Will you have room for a new student?
A: There is always room. The size of the class however depends on many factors from the time of the year to the weather to the traffic. Sometimes the classes are small and sometimes they are not so small. Both large and small classes have their benefits. Having more people adds to the energy of the session and smaller classes offer a cozy feel and lots of special attention. Just show up and know that you are always welcome.
Q: How often should I come to class?
A: As often as you are able. Set aside yoga as a priority whether you come once a week or daily. Yoga is self-care and we all need yoga in our lives to keep our stress-levels from creating dis-ease in our bodies and from prematurely aging.
To look like Jennifer Anniston plan on spending a lot of time on your yoga mat.
Q: Do you offer gift certificates? When is the best time to drop by the studio to pick one up? Can I order one over the phone and have it mailed?
A: The studio does offer gift certificates. Please be aware however that the studio is closed when classes aren't in session and that during a class there is no one at the front desk to help you. To drop-by to purchase a gift certificate simply look at the schedule and stop in 15 minutes before a class starts or ends. You may also pay over the phone by credit card. Your certificate with gift card will be mailed out that day.
Q: Do you offer child care? If not, would it be okay if I brought my child anyway to wait for me with a book or homework while I attend class?
A: I'm sorry but the studio isn't equipped for child care and while your child may be no trouble, saying yes to one student's child means saying yes to everyone's. The potential for problems is too great.
Q: Do you offer a yoga class for children? Can my child attend a class with me?
A: The studio does not have a program for children's yoga. The minimum age for the classes at this studio is 14 years old. The exception to that rule is Thursday evenings at 7:00P when the age bar drops to 11 years for children who attend as the guest of their parent who is a regular student (anyone with a pass or punch card). Yoga is great for kids but kid's usually enjoy a more kid-focused class. Many adults who attend classes are parents and teachers of young children who wish their practice to be their just for 'grown-ups' time.