Welcome to The Giving Tree Yoga Studio! We are delighted to have you as our guest. The following
guidelines have been developed to ensure that every student has a positive and peaceful
experience at our studio.
Arrive to class on time. New students: please arrive 10-15 minutes early. Those arriving late are expected to wait in the common area until the teacher is finished with
the opening meditation. Student MUST WAIT UNTIL the teacher comes to open the curtain and retrieve the late students. At no time if the curtain is closed should a
student enter on his/her own accord. Please check in and take care of payment arrangements before class.
Remember to bring your own mat, but if you don’t…we have them to rent for $1.
Refrain from wearing scents. Many people are sensitive or allergic to various fragrances and scents.
Enter fresh and clean. Do not wear perfume or cologne. Taking a bath or shower both before and after practicing refreshes the body
Please remove your shoes at the door (an ancient custom from the East). If possible, wear form fitting clothes and no shoes. Yoga is traditionally practice in bare feet,
but if this is uncomfortable, socks are fine. Layers also help to adjust for temperature changes during and after class.
Absolutely no cell-phones or pagers are allowed in the class – even on the vibrating setting as this is many times still audible. Please place all valuables in your bag and
store in the changing room or in the back of the room.
If possible, practice on an empty stomach. Wait at least 2-3 hours (or longer) after eating and empty the bladder and bowels. A full stomach is a hindrance to the
correct practice of postures and breathing. If hungry before class, try a piece of fruit, a vegetable juice, or some tea.
Inform the teacher before class if you have any injuries, diseases, recent surgeries, low back or disc problems, inflammation of the head, stomach, or eyes.
It's okay to sweat which assists the purification process through movement and heat. Bring your own towel or practice rug to absorb sweat - our blankets are not to
be used for this purpose.
Your teacher may ask you not to drink water during class as it may reduce body heat and move energy in a downward direction (apana). The focus in an asana practice
is on upward flow (prana). However, if refraining from hydration is too much, please listen to your body and do what is best for you. If you are dizzy, immediately sit
Be considerate of the sacredness of the space - pick up after yourself. Practice good “Prop-asana” - please fold blankets neatly and replace all props in an organized
fashion. Leave the space in better shape than you found it.
Keep voices low when socializing in the common area as other classes may still be in progress.
Occasional spurts of aggressive, imbalanced practice are dangerous. Do your best to approach each pose – especially inversions - with care and respectful caution.
Regular practice is necessary to receive the full benefits of yoga.
Inform the teacher if you are pregnant. Practice should always be done under the supervision of a physician.
If comfortable, remove contact lenses before class and please remove glasses for savasana, the final relaxation. (Be sure to place glasses in a safe place - maybe on a
block – so the teacher will not accidentally step on them.
During the menstrual cycle, inversions are sometimes not so comfortable. Listen to your body and make a decision that is appropriate for you.
Be sure to notify the teacher of any injuries or medical conditions. This helps the teacher know how to assist you and give
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