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Studio Etiquette

Whether you're new to yoga, or just new to The Woods Yoga studio, we've compiled a list of helpful tips to make your experience more enjoyable!

  • Kindly pre-register for class via the momence app or The Woods Yoga website. ​

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  • If you are not feeling well, please do not come to class. 

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  • If you're new to The Woods Yoga, arrive for class 15 minutes early. This will give you plenty of time to sign into the studio, get our five-cent tour and set yourself up in the yoga room. Let your teacher know if you're new to yoga, new to the studio, or both. 

  • If you're brand new to yoga, set yourself up in the middle of the room. Avoid the back row. Should you become confused, the middle of the room will allow you to look around at any angle during class. We promise, nobody will think you look silly, none of us knew what we were doing when we started either. 

  • Bring what you need to practice: yoga mat, small hand towel (or yoga mat sized towel), water, and any props you may need (bolster, blanket, etc.). We offer shared yoga mats, blocks, straps, and a very limited number of bolsters. When using shared mats and blocks, please spray and wipe with the provided cleaning supplies before returning to the prop closet.

  • Bring only what you need to practice into the yoga room. Leave extra clothing, bags, shoes, phones, keys, etc. in the lobby. If you do not feel safe leaving them in the lobby, we suggest leaving them at home or locked in your car. 

  • Premium yoga mats and towels are available for purchase. If you forget your mat, we have a limited number of loaner mats.​ Practicing on a good yoga mat is like wearing sneakers instead of flip-flops to run a marathon. We can offer recommendations on what mat is best for you. ​

  • Bottled water is available for purchase. We offer complimentary water fill-ups through a reverse osmosis water station. Please bring your own (non-glass) water bottle or purchase one of our stainless-steel bottles.

  • If you brought it in with you, take it out with you. 

  • Expect to sweat! Even in non-heated classes, you may work up quite a sweat.​​

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  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. For heated classes, you may find that cotton becomes heavy with sweat, and sticks to your body, in which case you might prefer wearing clothing made from moisture wicking fabrics. You may also want to consider bringing a change of clothes for after class, especially if you are taking a heated class. 

  • We absolutely love that our community connects with each other before and after classes.  With that said, the studio space is a sacred one and one where some yogis come to find peace and quiet.  Please keep conversation in the yoga room short & quiet (a whisper). If you arrive while class is in session, please whisper in the lobby. Please also be mindful of your noise level while packing and unpacking your belongings. 

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  • We discourage the wearing of smart watches in class. If you must, please make sure it is silenced, and refrain from checking it while in class. Doing so creates a distraction for others. 

  • Avoid wearing any colognes, perfumes or lotions to class. With the added heat and humidity, strong smells are magnified and will affect everyone in the class.

 

  • Smokers, please consider the sensitivities of non-smokers. 

  • We burn sage and palo santo between classes. If you have sensitivities to these, please let us know beforehand.

  • Be sure you are properly hydrated before, during, and after class. Some students like to practice on an empty stomach while others prefer a light meal or snack within two hours of class. Listen to your body and do what feels right for you.

  • When setting up your mat, look for the owl stickers on the floor. Center the top line of your mat with one of these stickers. This creates enough space for everyone to practice and allows late comers to easily lay down their mats without disturbing the class.

  • For the safety and health of those around you, please wipe up any sweat and water on the floor around your mat before leaving the yoga room. 

  • DO NOT LEAVE DURING SAVASANA. We highly discourage leaving class early.  If you must, please let the instructor know before class starts, and leave quietly BEFORE savasana begins. Try to minimize the noise you make as you leave so as not to disturb other students still enjoying class. The same considerations apply while you are in the lobby area. 

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