New Student

New to the Studio | Tips for New Students | 10 Tips to Being a Good Yogi

New to the studio

Prior to your arrival:
View the schedule. If you’d like, register ahead via the secure online. The system recognizes you when you use the exact name and email address you gave us when you filled out your new student waiver form. Park in the garage just east of the ONE Lexington building—enter from Lexington (not 1st Place). Park in any space on the first level, excluding reserved spaces. Parking is free & right next door. Or, you can take the Valley Metro Light Rail and exit at the Osborn/Central Ave stop.

Entering the Yoga Space:
Please remove your shoes and only take in what is absolutely necessary. Please leave cell phones, pagers and alarms in your car. During peak times, our classes are 15 minutes apart to get you out faster. We rent mats and towels. We sell various beverages, yoga mats, yoga props & yoga clothes. We don’t mind if you’re late (we understand traffic around the valley can be tough) but there’s no entrance 15 minutes past class start time. We offer a limited number of lockers and cubbies for your belongings. We recommend not leaving your wallet or anything of irreplaceable value. No shoes or phones are allowed in the practice space.

Parental consent:
If you are between 14 and 17 years old, please have your parent / guardian complete / sign our new student waiver.

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Tips for New Students

– Be aware of students coming in after you who need a spot and be prepared to shift your mat to make room for your neighbor.   Have a yogi attitude by welcoming people in instead of making them feel like there is not enough room!  There is plenty of space for everyone to practice together, and all you need is the space on your mat 🙂

– Please clean up the floor around your mat before leaving.  Place props back neatly where you found them.

– If you must leave early, practice by the doors and wait until a pose where students cannot see you to leave.

– Start simple – go for a Slow Flow or Foundations class. Even if you are athletic, try a Foundations course first. Practicing the poses correctly is the only way to have years of a fruitful practice.

– If you want to try deep stretching & meditation, take a Restorative &/or Yin class.

– The poses & transitions are very important for the health and safety of your body.

– Try Foundations and Slow Flow first and once you have the technique down, come try an Urban Flow if you are looking for something more challenging. Take a break when you need to and rest in a restorative posture like child’s pose, downward facing dog or table top.

– If people are already in the practice space, please respect the meditative environment and enter the room quietly.

– Our rooms are heated to 80-85 degrees.  During summer months, the heat can feel a bit more intense than normal.
* If you are feeling overheated:  take a rest and drink water.  The cooler spots in the room are by the windows and doors, or under a fan if they are running.  Use cooling breaths rather than heating breaths to keep your individual body temperature lower.   Practice in morning or evening hours when the temperature is a bit cooler.
* If you are looking for more heat in your practice:  use your breath as the main source to build more heat internally.  Relying on the breath alone can  make you start sweating, even in air conditioned rooms. Practice mid-day, evenings, or on the weekends, when classes are generally busier and body heat can help increase and sustain the “heat”.

– If balancing is a challenge, find a wall for support.

– Ask your instructor for help! Ask for variations and even quietly let them know of surgeries, limitations and health concerns you may be experiencing.  If you are not sure if you are doing something right, don’t be afraid to ask. They are there to help!

– Bring an eye pillow or use a hand towel for an eye pillow for added relaxation during savasana at the end of class.

– Shower Policy: Showers close 10 minutes after the last class. Please respect other students’ time by limiting your showers to 5 minutes.

– Hydrate! Drink lots of fluids before, during & after class.  Replenish with water or beverages with electrolytes.  

– Lost and Found: Please check regularly.

– Furthering your Practice: Private sessions give you an opportunity to learn how you should approach each pose best suited for your body. Whether you are healing an injury, need support through an emotional time, a beginner wanting to learn more, or an advanced practitioner, you will dramatically deepen your yoga practice. Your instructor has ample time to devote & design the practice according to your needs with ample time for hands-on attention and support.

– Workshops: are typically on weekends and are not included in the regular group class packages or memberships (although discounts to members apply to most workshops). Often workshops have an additional fee and give you an opportunity to grow your practice in a number of ways. You can view our workshops and sign up online.

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10 Tips to Being a Good Yogi

1. Leave your phone in car. Decide whatever it can wait after you have your personal time on the mat. Don’t keep it outside the door or in a cubby where it buzzes, beeps & plays music at others.

2. Be as on time as possible. Remove your shoes and enter the practice space in a humble way. Delicately lay out your mat. Grab the props you may need and arrange them near your mat leaving room for other students to do the same.

3. Be kind and notice if you need to adjust your mat to make space for student(s) looking for a spot.

4.Stay through final relaxation pose, savasana. If you must leave early set up by the door, inform the instructor when possible, and quietly gather up your belongings making the quietest exit possible.

5. Wash your yoga clothes after each wear or at least air-dry them. Wear enough clothing to cover the essentials, please.

6. If you are sick, stay home and get better. Classes will be here when you feel better.

7. Stay with the poses being offered, modify if needed, and keep the practice healthy for your body. Try variations of the pose if you feel safe. If you take a little longer on one side, meet up with the class where they are & stay in the flow of the room. Inquire with the instructor before or after class if you have any questions or need guidance.

8. Take your practice off the mat. Allow your practice to bring more peace into your life and share that with others.

9. Check out our Karma classes on Sundays & the other charitable classes where we offer funds from classes to local organizations.

10. Ask questions. Be a curious Yogi & let us know how to better your experience at Urban Yoga. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water!!!

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