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Our mission is to help you enrich your life. Our method is to make yoga accessible and fun without dumbing it down. Our classes are challenging, because we think that when you practice working through the tough stuff on the mat you’re better equipped for the real stuff of life. This is how we take our yoga out of the studio and into the world. Invite difficulty. Identify your weaknesses. Work on your reactions. Celebrate your strengths. Go ahead, we don’t mind.
DO make yourself at home. Whenever we’re staffing the desk, you can hang out, read a book, try on some fancy yoga pants, or take a shower.
DON’T feel like you have to do eveything your teacher calls for. We have a saying around here: You Can Flow Your Own Way. If you have an injury or just get inspired, go ahead and skip a pose, fill-in a different posture, or even pilot a new series, if you’re feeling really frisky. (This probably doesn’t apply so much in Ashtanga classes.) This is your practice, and we are not the boss of you. Just be respectful of your neighbors, and understand that if you go rogue, you’re on your own.
DO tell us if there’s anything we need to know about you. Broken back? We need to know that. Broken heart? You can tell us that, too. If you don’t like to be assisted, tell your teacher. We won’t judge.
DON’T bring a bunch of stuff into the practice rooms. Leave your bags and shoes in the lobby cubbies. We lock the outer doors when class starts, but if you have valuables you’re worried about, please lock them in your vehicle. Refrain from bringing your phone to your mat, unless you’re on-call for work or have an extenuating circumstance: then let your teacher know. The less junk you bring to your mat…the less junk you bring to your mat!
DO be respectful and aware of your environment. Different classes have different vibes. Some are chatty and social before starting, and some are quiet and meditative. None are chatty during. Carrying on a convo with your friend is distracting to other people and to your instructor. Also, have you ever had someone fall on top of you in class? It’s not too cool. If you’re not really comfortable standing on your head in the middle of the room, don’t do it if there’s someone near enough to fall upon.
DON’T let us find out on Yelp that you were unhappy about your experience. Come talk to us. Most problems can be talked through and resolved by reasonable adults. And sometimes we might just agree to disagree.
DO take as much yoga as you can! We are not the jealous types. There are so many teachers, studios, and styles out there. Sample everything, and keep an open mind. What might be right for you on Monday might not be what you need on Tuesday. THE YOGA WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER!
At all times, let’s try to be forgiving, of ourselves and others. Yoga is a lifelong learning experience, and we’re all in this together. Through humbling experiences, our compassion grows. When we confront our discomforts, look within and examine them, we grow stronger. Here’s a little quote I picked up off of teacher Tiffany Cruikshank’s page:
If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive. – Betty Eadie
~ The BE