Studio Etiquette & Policies
Showing up for Class
The hardest part of taking a class is just showing up! How often do we look for excuses not to do something? Don't go! I’m tired. I'm out of shape. I don't have time. When these thoughts arise, the best thing to do is ‘Show up.’ When you really don’t feel like going to class, this is when it's most important to go. Roll out your mat and be present.
Some teachers are open to students arriving as much as 10 minutes late, but others accept the prerogative of locking the doors at the start of class time. It's best to know what that teacher's personal practice around door-locking is, and inquiring about latecoming if you think that may be an issue for your schedule. IF arriving late, a centering/silent meditation might be at the beginning of a class so we ask that you enter the room as silently as possible. If you must leave early, we ask that you exit as quietly as possible.
Other things to know
Avoid walking across others' mats. Our mat is our sacred space and we need to respect that space, however small;
The main studio area is a shoe-free zone. Stash your shoes and belongings in the cubbies in the front area or in the cubbies in the back dressing room;
Honor the energy and environment created by the teacher in each class. Some classes are more extroverted, some are more introverted. Some teachers will ask for silence before and/or after class. Please honor this and direct all comments or questions to the teacher him/herself in a quiet voice before or after class;
Consider the breathing patterns and poses suggested by the yoga teacher, and if something is not right for you, then modify by doing what part of the pose works for you, or support yourself in some way that is safe and comfortable. Please do not distract the group by entering into completely self-directed poses or sequences unless the teacher suggests you find your own sequence or creates space in a practice for a yogi-choice pose;
Practice personal hygiene - remember, we are warming up and moving around in a small, intimate space!
Turn off or silence all electronics, including phones, pads, pods, beepers or anything that might ring or buzz. Even in the cubbies or dressing room, please!
Leave children at home, please, unless the class is kid- or family-friendly. One or two hours is a LONG time for children. Some people are doing yoga with their children as a part of their family's wellness program, and, if so, your child is invited to attend if you have a conversation first with the teacher, and if you're prepared to leave if the child becomes bored or potentially disruptive;
Clean up your immediate area (including sweat, borrowed mats, props, dew from a water bottle);
Be open-minded. Yoga is NOT a religion, but some of the terms used could complement OR contradict your own religious standards. If this happens, please note that no harm is intended. Yoga teachers generally invite and welcome inquiry! After class, or by email, feel free to ask questions if something you've heard creates concern. We're not spriritual experts as teachers, so we may refer to you to a helpful resource, or we may want to inquire about something further ourselves. Some poses are named for Hindi godesses just like some tennis shoes are named for mythological Greek gods -- to convey a characteristic.
Schedules, teachers and prices of classes, packages, memberships and/or products are subject to change without notice. Please always check our website for our most current offers.
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Release and Waiver
By practicing at Breathe Yoga & Wellness, all students agree to a general release and liability waiver. View the waiver here. Each student is encouraged to take care of himself or herself and move only into poses, and to degrees of each pose, that are without pain. We encourage students with physical conditions or limitations to begin with a beginner friendly class, avoid anything that creates unease and to listen to and honor the body. Ahimsa is Sanskrit for non-harm in thought, word, or deed, and at Breathe Yoga & Wellness, Ahimsa begins with ourselves.
Cancellations & Refunds
Classes, Private Sessions, Workshops:
For Community Yoga or Donation-based classes, advanced registration is required.
Prepaid classes and absence from paid, pre-registered workshops and series are non-refundable.
Workshop and special event cancellations require a 24 hour notice before the workshop or event takes place. Cancellation requests with less than 24 hours notice will not be honored unless we can fill your space.
Workshops and events could occasionally be canceled by the studio. If your event is canceled you will be notified by email, text message, or phone, and you will receive a full refund or full credit toward your Breathe Yoga & Wellness account if you choose.
Monthly Memberships & Packages:
Class Packages and Monthly Memberships are non-refundable, non-extendable, non-sharable, and non-transferable to other persons. They are subject to limits of time. Always check your expiration date before and after your purchase.
Monthly Membership’s automatic payments are not refundable after having been processed unless a mistake on our part took place. Memberships are non-transferable to another person.
Monthly Membership's auto-renew can be cancelled at any time by contacting Breathe Yoga & Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org; membership will be good through the end of that term.
Founding Membership's auto-renew can be cancelled at any time as above, however once cancelled, Founding Membership will no longer be available, and the student will re-join at the current Monthly Membership rate.
Breathe Yoga & Wellness will not be responsible for lost or stolen items under any circumstances. Please refrain from bringing valuables into the studio. The studio provides a Lost and Found for items students may leave behind.
In an effort to keep everyone safe during inclement weather we will need to cancel classes from time to time. Please always check our social media pages or our online schedule during inclement weather or inclement weather advisory to find out about any cancellations of classes and events or studio closures.
As much as we LOVE PETS, we must respect that some people have sensitivities to pet hair and dander, so we have a no-pet policy at Breathe Yoga & Wellness.
Tobacco & Drugs
Breathe is a smoke free and e-cigarette free building. We also ask that students practice respect for our community and not smoke in the parking lot behind or on the sidewalk in front of the building. No one under any circumstances may attend class under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If a teacher suspects that a student is a danger to him or herself or to the other students or to the teacher, he or she has full right to ask that student to leave.