Studio Etiquette

 

  • Please be at least 5 min early to class.

  • If you are coming to the studio for the first time please arrive 10 or 15 minutes early so you can fill in a waiver and have time to talk to the teacher about any possible issues that may affect your practice. This will also give you time to ask any questions you may have. 

 

  • Your mindfulness practice goes beyond the time on your mat.
     
  • Out of consideration for other students please enter the studio quietly. This doesn’t mean you need to tiptoe just have consideration for those who may have arrived early and are taking time to breathe and meditate. Doing the same for yourself can be helpful to mentally and physically prepare you for class.
  • Please leave your shoes at the entrance, walking inside with them brings with them whatever you may have walked in on the way to the studio; mobile phones need to be turned off (even the vibrate) and put away. (Sometimes there may be urgent life issues which require the need to see the phone if it rings.) Please talk to the teacher and/or others students first to let them know. You will find people very understanding. Having said this please make sure it is at it's quietest or vibrate.

  • Please avoid perfumes and strong scents as many people have allergies and perfumes could affect their ability to participate in class. As well, if you are a smoker, please consider others when deciding whether to smoke before coming to class. The smell of smoke can permeate your clothes and when breathing can be expelled from your lungs. This can have the same effect or worse than perfumes.

  • If you are quite sick or may be contagious please consider others and take care of yourself and your community of yogis. Ocean Breath will happily put a hold on your pass while you take time to mend and rebuild your health.

  • There are cubbie holes in the studio which can be used to place your items in, please use them. Larger items can be placed in the back office. This helps keep the studio clutter free for practice. This also helps keep your mind and sight lines clutter free as well as reduce tripping hazards.

  • Please no food, gum or coloured drinks in class. Water is the best thing you could give yourself. A sealed water bottle is preferred to avoid damage to the floor in case of tipping. The tap water in the studio is wonderful so you can fill your bottles from the sink. Using your own bottle helps reduce excess plastics in the environment. There are some mugs in the studio, so please feel free to ask if you didn't bring something with you.

  • Yoga mats are provided free of charge if you do not have or want to carry your own. If you use a studio mat, please take time to wipe it down at the end of class with the spray and sponges provided. 

  • The yoga Props you made need in class are provided. Blankets, bricks, blocks, bolsters and straps are some of things found. As part of your practice please put them away neatly after class (i.e. fold blanket, stacks blocks) before leaving. Making this a place and a practice you take pride in will be reflected internally in how you treat yourself.

  • Every way in which you approach your practice, before, after and during has an effect on what this practice gives back to you. Approach each day the way you would like to have it reflected in your life.

  • Your yoga teachers are not your doctors or therapists and will not give any medical advice, if you have any physical issues you are unsure of please consult your doctor to ensure a practice is suitable for you. If you are unable to do the asana (poses) you are always welcome to just come and sit and breathe in class. If you are pregnant please bring a doctor’s note saying you are able to practice. All students are required to sign a waiver before attending classes.

  • IF IT IS PAINFUL DON"T DO IT! This is not about pushing through pain. It is about discovering a way to understand your body and let go the notion pain means anything good.