Before class

  • Eating/Drinking: It is best to let meals or snacks digest before coming to class. After a meal, give yourself 2 hours before practicing yoga. After a snack, give yourself 1 hour. You may drink water during class as needed, but you may feel more comfortable if you hydrate prior to class.

  • What to wear: Comfortable, stretchy clothes that are not too loose. Choose appropriately based on how your clothing may respond to things like sweat, twisting, lying down, or bending forward.

  • Bring: A yoga mat, towel, and water. We have mat rentals and water (no cups) if needed and other necessary yoga props for your convenience.

  • Avoid: Wearing strong scents such as perfumes, deodorants, essential oils, or cologne. Please ensure that your mat, clothes and body are odor-free to help maintain the purity of the practice space.

  • Get there early: If it is your first time, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out any necessary forms, get changed if needed, and settle in.

Once you arrive

  • Footwear: Take off your shoes and socks before you walk into the practice space and leave them in the lobby.

  • Electronic devices: Please turn your cell phone/ watch off, or, better yet, do not take it into the practice space with you. If you’ve brought your cell phone in with you and it accidentally rings aloud during class, please turn it off as soon as you safely can.

  • Communicate: If you have any injuries, limitations, or concerns, please notify your instructor before class begins so they can help you stay safe.

  • Enter the room: When you enter the room, please respect the sacredness of the space by entering quietly. Try to keep noise to a minimum when setting up your mat and collecting your props (i.e. block, blanket, strap). Please make sure you have (quietly) close the door behind you in order to maintain the temperature of the practice space and to reduce any noise from outside.

  • Positing your mat: Orient your mat so you will be facing the teacher. If you’re new to yoga or the studio, you might consider placing your mat in a row begin the front so you can follow along more easily.

  • Making space for others: If a fellow students arrives and there is not an immediate space available for their mat, please extend yogi love by adjusting your mat in order to create space for them.

  • Other people’s mat: For many people, their mat is a safe, sacred space. Please respect this by not stepping on others’ mats, if at all possible.

During class

  • Take child’s pose at any time: If at any point you feel that you need a rest, then please take Child’s pose. You can return to Child’s pose at any time – even if the teacher does not specifically cue it – and then rejoin the class when you are ready.

  • If you feel that you need to leave the room: It is not uncommon to experience dizziness, fatigue, or discomfort during your first yoga classes, especially if you are practicing in a warm room. If you must leave the room, then please choose a point in the class that is resting (i.e. Child’s pose, Downward Dog) to excuse yourself, and leave and return quietly.

  • If you are late: Being on time is of course optimal, however, if you are late, please walk in quietly and organizing yourself to begin class.

  • Savasana: Savasana, or Corpse pose, is the last pose we do in class and consists of laying down on our mats with our bodies relaxed and our eyes closed so that we may absorb the benefits of our yoga practice. This is a very important part of yoga class, so please give yourself a full Savasana.

  • Leaving class early: Please plan to stay for the entire class. If this is not possible, then please leave before Savasana or 15 minutes prior to the class ending.

After class

  • Clean your immediate area: If you borrows a mat from the studio, please return it to the front desk.If you used props, put them back neatly at the designated area.

  • Communicate: Speak with your teacher after class if you have any questions or concerns about your yoga practice.

  • Lost and found: If you ever leave anything behind, please be aware that we keep lost and found for one week. Feel free to call the studio to verify if you did leave something before.

Congratulations on starting a yoga practice and we are so grateful you are a part of the Downey Yoga community.