Etiquette In The Studio

Are you new to yoga, or a new to the Heal Yoga studio?  Read this article to learn about our studio etiquette so you can fit in and feel comfortable attending our classes.

Preparing For Your Class

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to ensure you are well hydrated.  You may wish to avoid eating 1 – 2 hours before your yoga class.
  • To ensure everyone’s comfort and well-being, we kindly request that you prioritize personal hygiene by showering before class and wearing clean clothes to practice in.  You may also wish to be mindful about food and drinks you consume before your practice.
  • Avoid wearing perfumes or heavy scents on the days you attend class.  Other students may have allergies to perfumes or essential oils.
  • Leave your valuables at home.  Although we make every effort to ensure our space is safe, we take no responsibility for the loss of your property as our studio is an open shared space.  You may place your belongings in one of our lockers in the back or leave them int the front.
  • Note that all class purchases are a final sale.  There are no refunds on packages, memberships, or drop-ins.  To give everyone a chance to join classes, we ask you cancel your reservation 4 hours or more before the class starts.  Otherwise, you will be charged a $15 cancellation fee.

Arriving At The Studio

  • Please arrive 10 – 15 minutes early to class.  Our doors open 15 minutes before and are locked 5 minutes before start time. No latecomers are permitted; please refrain from knocking on the door as it disturbs the class.  Practice mindfulness and plan ahead.
  • Remove your shoes and place them on the shoe rack when you arrive at the studio.  This ensures our floors stay clean. Out of respect for other clients, ensure your feet are clean.
  • Be as quiet as possible when in the reception area, as voices carry.  Move silently in the studio and avoid talking once on your yoga mat.
  • Turn your cellphone and smartwatch off and place it in your bag or purse, which can be left on the client shelving. No phones are permitted in the studio.  This is your time to disconnect with the outside world and focus inwards.
  • When entering the studio, bring only your yoga mat and water bottle.  Align the top center of your mat with the little symbol of the floor.  If you forget your mat, you may use our mat rental service or purchase one from our studio shop.
  • New students may wish to position themselves in the second row as this allows you to watch the yogis in the front row and learn from them.

During Your Yoga Class

  •  Never hold your breath.  Breathe calmly and deeply as you move through your poses and as you rest in between.
  • Do your best to stay in the class.  If you feel light-headed or dizzy, lie in savasana or child’s pose and focus on your breath.
  • It is perfectly acceptable to sit out of any posture at any time.  If you’re extra sore or have an injury, let your instructor know before the class begins.
  • Practice stillness between postures.  Honour the silence in the room by moving quietly.  Once on your mat, do not talk to other students.

After Your Yoga Class

  • Leaving class early can be very disruptive to other students.  Out of respect for your instructor and the others around you, please do not leave class early (before or during savasana).  If you need a break, lay down or take a child’s pose on your mat until class is finished.
  • Continue to observe silence.  Leave the room quietly without disturbing others.  Remember your voice carries in the reception area.
  • If you found the class challenging, please consider attending for at least 3 classes.  It takes time for your body to adapt to your new physical activity.
  • Continue drinking water to stay hydrated.