Frequently Asked Questions

  • We offer warm, not hot yoga. The temperature in the studio varies depending on individual teacher preference, but is usually in the low to mid 70′s. We believe in creating internal heat from within.
  • Most of our classes are suitable for beginners and all levels, however, we recommend you take a few other classes to learn the basics before starting Vinyasa (where we move quickly and introduce more challenging postures). Hatha, Slow Flow, Yoga Nidra, Restorative, Gentle or any of our Yin or combination classes are all great places to start. Please review our class descriptions so you have a general idea of what to expect.
  • It is advisable not to eat 2 hours before class. A light and healthy snack is usually fine.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing that is not too loose nor too tight. You want to be able to move freely without restriction.
  • Please bring your own mat if you have one. We do have mats for rent and several options available purchase at the studio. We also have other props including blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters, pillows, eye pillows and cushions for no charge.
  • Breathing is done through your nose…if for any reason this is difficult for you, breathe as you would normally.
  • If it hurts or doesn’t feel right, don’t do it! A challenge is good, pain is not! If an asana (posture) is painful for you, come to a resting pose and see your teacher after class. Pose variations can be offered as needed.
  • Please leave your shoes in the welcome area before entering the main studio. Yoga is performed in your bare feet to keep you from slipping during the postures and it puts you in closer contact with the earth’s energy.
  • Many people find it more comfortable to keep the hips elevated on a blanket during seated postures-experiment with props!
  • During savasana (final relaxation at the end of class) your body will begin to cool down rapidly. You may want to have a blanket nearby to make you more comfortable. The body and mind will relax more deeply when they are warm.
  • You are not in competition with anyone else in the class or even yourself! Just do what feels right at the moment. Yoga is all about being in the present.
  • We are here to help so please ask any questions before or after class.

 

Studio Etiquette

  • Please pre-register in advance for all classes, trainings, workshops and special events. Pre-registration is used to help determine cancelations in inclement weather and we do reserve the right to cancel any regular class if minimum registration is not met at least 90 minutes in advance. Many of our teachers commute to the studio and we honor their time and commitment to their families.
  • Please turn off or silent all cell phones before entering the main studio. They can be heard ringing even if they are in the welcome area.
  • Shoes are not worn in the main studio. Please remove them and leave in the welcome area along with other personal items.
  • The studio is open 15 minutes prior to the start of each class. Although we may be there earlier, we use that time to open up the studio and prepare ourselves for the class. Please use the time prior to class to register and get settled. Every effort will be made to begin and end the class in a timely manner.
  • The door is locked approximately 5 minutes after the start of each class for the safety and security of everyone and their belongings. If you arrive within 5 minutes, please enter the studio area and situate yourself quietly and check-in after class (unless it is your first visit to the studio in which you need to complete a waiver prior to participating in class).
  • Please no gum or food in the studio area. Water is fine.
  • Many people are sensitive to fragrances…please keep this in mind before coming into the studio and refrain from wearing perfumes or colognes. While we only use non-synthetic incense and/or essential oils, please let us know if you have sensitivity and, when appropriate, we will do our best to refrain from using incense or essential oils while you are at the studio.
  • If you must leave prior to the end of class, please inform your teacher beforehand and do so as quietly as possible prior to savasana (final relaxation at the end of class). Leaving prior to savasana should be done on an exception basis only.
  • Please no talking during class. While we want you to have fun and we may inject humor, side conversations are distracting to teachers and other students. Please utilize the time before or after class to socialize with your fellow yogis in the welcome area or Green Room.
  • The studio is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please make an effort to bring everything out that you came in with and check the Lost & Found bin by the front desk for missing items. We donate items left behind every 2 months.
  • Please do not leave any valuables next to or on your mat, such as eyeglasses, that could be damaged as we walk around the room. Glasses may be placed on top of a block.
  • Please extend everyone the same courtesy and respect that you would wish for yourself.
  • Relax, enjoy and let us know if there is anything we can do to enhance your experiences at Banyan Tree Yoga!