Tips for a Safe and Healthy Practice

The following tips should help beginners feel more at ease and be safe:

  • If you are new to yoga, we recommend starting with Gentle Hatha Yoga or other gentle classes like Yoga for Mind and Mood or Restorative Yoga. Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga builds a foundation to prepare students for our other Vinyasa Yoga classes. If you’re looking to build strength and flexibility without performing sun salutations or vinyasa series, we recommend Yoga Strength and Stretch.
  • Come to all classes dressed in clothing that allows you to move freely and comfortably.
  • The studio is heated to a warm comfortable room temperature of 72-75 degrees as we encourage building the fire from within.
  • Remove your shoes and socks at the door. Classes are done in bare feet. We understand that there are reasons you may not be able to remove your socks or even your shoes. If this is the case, please let your instructor know before class begins.
  • Please bring your own yoga mat to class. Yoga mats are available for purchase at YogaLoft. Mats are also available to rent for $2.00. Rented mats are cleaned after each use with Tea Tree Oil Spray.
  • Please bring a towel to wipe up perspiration and to place over bolsters and blankets.
  • Please arrive 5 to 15 minutes before class is scheduled to begin to get checked-in, set up, and comfortable. Upon entering the studio, please keep talking to a minimum, allowing others to begin focusing on their practice.
  • Refrain from eating a heavy meal 2-3 hours prior to class. On the other hand, being hungry can make you feel ungrounded. If it is necessary to eat prior to class, try to keep it light, such as a piece of fruit.
  • Do not wear perfume, scented oils, or jewelry to class.
  • Drink plenty of water before and after class. Yoga and movement detoxifies your body. Water helps wash away the impurities. Try to limit the amount of water you drink during class.
  • Pain is NO Gain is our philosophy at YogaLoft. Pain is your body screaming for you to stop. In addition to noticing how your body feels during class, it is important to attend to how the body feels when class has finished. Always practice slowly, patiently and with internal awareness to attain the maximum healing benefits.
  • All classes at YogaLoft are non-competitive. Do not compete with yourself, your teacher, or other students. A beginner student looks around the class to see how they are doing while the advanced student looks into themselves to gauge their progress. You can be an advanced student even if it is your first class.
  • When you are first beginning to learn yoga, practice what is the most comfortable and enjoyable. This sets the body and mind up to recognize yoga as an extremely positive experience. However, as you continue with yoga, it is important to [safely] practice that which you resist. This tends to be what your body needs the most to bring itself into balance.
  • Do your practice 15 minutes a day for life. Attending class is a great way to learn new techniques, meet people with similar interests, and experience a more intensive session. However, real change takes place when your practice on the mat is seamlessly taken into your life off the mat.