Wherever you are on your yoga journey - we are happy to have you with us!
Here are some helpful tips to make your first visit comfortable and enjoyable:
Pick a class. Or two.
We encourage you to try out several classes and find the ones you enjoy the most. Take some time to read each class description and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. It is important to find a class that will move at an appropriate pace for your body and fitness level in order to keep you safe. New to yoga? Our Yoga Restore and Yoga Light classes are very beginner friendly. Have little ones at home - check our our children's classes!
A Safe Space.
Our studio is a safe place. Our teacher's job to keep our space safe. Your job as a student is to help you keep it that way. We expect our staff and students to be helpful and kind at all times. Please be polite and courteous to your teacher and fellow students at all times. Studio management is always here to support you – please do not hesitate to be in contact at any time.
Registration & Liability Consent.
Students (or their parent/ guardians) must complete new client registration in the Mindbody App prior to participating. This can be completed here..
Signing Up & Paying for Class.
In an effort to streamline your experience, we strongly encourage you to sign up for your class online before coming to our studio. This is easy to do here on our website or in the MindBody App (available for download on iPhone and Android). You will need to purchase a class card or membership before you can register for a specific class. If you are unable to attend a class, please cancel online at least 15-minutes before the class starts to allow for other students to register for your space. Please note, you will not be charged for a class you do not attend.
Age to Participate.
Students must be 13 years old to attend an Adult Yoga Class. Our Children's Classes are designed based on children's ages and abilities. Please see class descriptions for details.
Physical Adjustments & Permission Stones
Yoga teachers are trained to adjust students to keep them in proper alignment, help them go deeper into a pose and try out a pose they might not feel strong enough to attempt on their own. They may do this by applying gentle pressure to your arm, shoulders or lower back or may offer a gentle muscle massage during resting poses. However, a teacher at Zia Yoga & Wellness will never offer a hands-on adjustment without your consent. ZYW studio acknowledges a boundary already exists and we as teachers need to be invited into your space.
There is a glass bowl of Permission Stones located by the check-in kiosk or in the center of the practice space
If you are okay with a hands-on adjustment during class, simply place a Permission Stone anywhere on your mat
At any point during the class you can remove your stone by sliding it under your mat
Time A yoga class often begins with a few minutes of relaxation and meditation to prepare your mind and body for your practice. This might be in the form of deep breathing, a chant of "om" or some visualization exercises. So that you don't miss this important aspect or disturb others who are trying to focus, try to come to class about 10 minutes early. During this time, you can chat with the teacher, warm up with a few stretches (though you will warm up during class) and get settled on your mat. If there is a class scheduled before the one you are attending, please wait for the instructor to flip the “Do Not Disturb” sign and unlock the front door before entering the studio. Please note, late arrivals to class cannot be accommodated (see below).
Late Arrivals. We understand that from time-to-time you may be running late or run into a hiccup that causes you a delay. In order to ensure the safety of our staff and students, the studio door is locked at the start time of class. This means if class starts at 10am, the door will be locked at 10am. Entering class late is disruptive to the other students and is poses safety and security issue for our studio. If the “Do not Disturb” Sign is on the door, this means class is in session. If you don't make it on time, know that we will miss you - and at our studio you will never be charged for a class you do not attend.
We do not permit shoes inside the studio space. Please be prepared to remove your shoes as soon as you enter and place them in a cubby near the entrance. While you are welcome to wear socks in the studio, it is customary to practice yoga barefoot. Don’t worry if you haven’t had a pedicure in a while – just make sure your feet are free of lotions or oils (which can make your mat slippery).
Personal Belongings. Please silence your cellphone (turn off or switch to do-not-disturb, vibrating phones will be heard during practice). You can place your personal belongings in any cubby. We ask that you only bring your yoga mat and props into the practice space. While the front door will be locked as soon as class starts, Zia Yoga & Wellness does not accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any personal belongings left in the studio.
For yoga, appropriate attire includes loose, comfortable, active wear that won’t restrict your movement. You want your clothing to be loose enough for you to move in, but not so baggy it gets in your way or exposes too much skin when you bend or invert. A tank top and leggings/yoga pants for women, and a t-shirt and elastic-waisted shorts for men should be perfect. You may also want to bring a long-sleeved layer, in case you get cold at the end of a practice.
Yoga is a quiet, contemplative activity, and students are discouraged from talking throughout the class. The teacher will describe how you will transition from pose to pose and offer encouragement throughout. You may hear our teachers refer to poses in Sanskrit as well as English. Know that these long, complicated-sounding names like Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog) often have meaningful translations to how a pose feels in your body. If there is a word you don't understand, feel free to ask the teacher about it after class.
As with any physical activity, the breath is very important in yoga. The first time you hear people breathing during yoga, you might think that a snake is loose in the room. The traditional breath, called "ujjayi" breath, is slow and even inhales and exhales through the nose. The back of the throat is constricted slightly to create a filter for the breath and generate heat. The audible breath is used as a "moving meditation" throughout the practice. Focusing on the sound and cadence of the breath helps calm your mind, especially during more difficult poses. When you encounter a pose that is challenging, focus on your breath and imagine breathing into the part of your body that feels discomfort. It will help you build endurance.
You are your body’s best teacher. It is important that you listen to your body and know when to back off or push yourself a little further. If you ever need a break during the class, you can take child's pose, which is a restorative pose. Kneel on the floor, spreading your legs if need be, sit your hips onto your heels and extend your arms either overhead to stretch the length of the back or alongside the hips, to stretch across the top of the back.
There are no designated water breaks during class, and traditionally students are discouraged from drinking during class as it extinguishes the "fire" you're trying to create through your breath and movement. You might notice some students never stop to take a drink and others stop to and get a drink periodically. Please drink as much and as often as you need.
Zia Yoga & Wellness Class Rituals
We begin each class with the sound of “Om” or AUM. Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating. The sound AUM, when chanted, vibrates at the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature. As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so, by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe. In addition, the vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation also have a physical effect on the body by slowing down the nervous system and calming the mind similar to meditation. When the mind is relaxed, your blood pressure decreases and ultimately the health of your heart improves. Feel free to join in the chant or listen quietly until you feel comfortable. This is another way you start to quiet and focus the mind during a yoga class.
At the end of each yoga class, there is a time for rest and reflection. Eventually, you will make your way to your back, arms and legs resting comfortably at your sides and your palms facing up. You'll close your eyes the teacher will encourage you to relax your mind and focus your attention. Try to lie still and clear your mind. This last pose, called Savanasa or corpse pose, is arguably the most important pose in asana practice and is deeply rejuvenating. As a society, we are constantly moving and rushing and hardly ever take time to just be. While you might feel like your "workout" is over, you should stick around for the final relaxation poses. If you need to leave class a few minutes early for whatever reason, notify your teacher before class and leave before Savasana begins so you do not disrupt the other students.
The end of a class
When it's time to come out of Savasana, your teacher will quietly tell you to wiggle your fingers and toes. Make small movements, then roll onto your side, keeping your eyes closed. Return to a cross-legged seated position, then listen to your teacher's final instructions.
At Zia Yoga & Wellness, we always end our classes with “Namaste”. The literal translation of the word “Namaste” breaks down into three sections... Nama means bow; a means I; and, te means you. Thus, “I bow to you”. Namaste is a way to send out to the universe something good, to express gratitude for your teacher and fellow students and to give the class closure. Namaste is a way to honor ourselves and the world we live in. This reflective moment reminds us that yoga transcends language and culture, that connecting mind and body helps us look more deeply into ourselves and at our world.