What you need to know about attending class! This is comprehensive, but it IS important, so please read to familiarise yourself with studio etiquette

What to do when you arrive

You are welcome to enter the yoga room from 15 minutes prior to the start of class. If you arrive early, please set up your mat then sit or lie down and begin the process of self-observation. Entering the yoga room is the moment we consciously choose to leave the busy-ness of the outside world behind:- conversations, world events, traffic conditions, daily upsets and stresses. We can begin the process of consciously cultivating a calmer experience of quietness, stillness, peace and a pleasant state of being

Parking

Please park off road if possible, it is safer for your vehicle and out of the way of the rubbish truck collection and passing cars. Don’t park on the verge as the city council may issue a parking fine. Enter via the second driveway and move up to the first driveway for exiting. Go as far forward as possible to leave room for further cars behind and beside you. Please avoid parking on the grass. You may also park in the area beside the yoga room entry door, however avoid stopping right outside the open door as the sun reflects off your vehicle and into my eyes!

Shoes & Clothing

Please avoid walking inside in shoes. Remove them at the door and place them in the pigeon-holes provided. We practise yoga in bare feet (although I recommend bringing socks in the colder weather). Please avoid stepping or walking on another student’s mat. There is no required form of dress, just wear something comfortable that doesn’t restrict your movement in any way. In colder times, consider wearing layers so you can be comfortable at all times

Bathroom

When you need to use the bathroom, there is no need to ask as this can be an interruption. Please just go through whenever you need to, closing and re-opening the door quietly, and returning to your mat with minimal disturbance

Mindful action

Please place your mat carefully on the floor rather than flicking or dropping it. This avoids loud sounds that might startle those who are lying or sitting with their eyes closed. This applies to everything we do or handle in the yoga space, including how you place bolsters or cushions on your mat. This way we bring mindfulness into each and every action. By being mindful of our actions, we help create a supportive and respectful space for our own practice and for those who share the space with us

Phones

Please leave mobile phones in the car, or switch off completely to avoid unintended disruptions

Food

Allow time for digestion after a meal and before class - usually at least two hours. Please don’t bring food or drink into the yoga space, except for a water bottle which should be placed where it won’t be knocked over, i.e. against the wall rather than right beside your mat

What to bring

Your yoga mat and, if you use one, eye-pillow or scarf for covering your eyes during relaxation. Please minimise what else you bring inside to reduce clutter in our small space. If you do bring bags, please place them against the wall to give yourself and others as much room as possible

Yoga mat

It is best to bring your own mat, however if you do forget don’t let it deter you from coming to class. There are spares at the studio, but it is nicer to use your own

Perfumes

Be aware that strong perfumes, oils, deodorants and scents might adversely affect others. Because breathing and awareness is such an important component of practice, we can find we are more aware of strong scents in class than at other times. The increase in body temperature as we move also intensifies some scented products

Injury, illness or pain

Let me know if you have an injury or health condition that might affect the way that you move, breathe, or feel. That way I can assist you to honour your current state by practising in the most helpful way for you right now. Please cancel your class if you are experiencing symptoms of cold, flu, viruses or other conditions that may be transmissible

Questions during practice

Although the intention in class is to cultivate quiet and mental focus, please ask a question if you don’t understand something. If the moment seems inappropriate, please ask after class or call or email me

Payments

You can pay as you go, or buy a 5-class or 10-class pass. Passes are not refundable but also do not expire or have a use-by date. If you cannot finish your pass, you might consider offering to sell the remainder to another student for the value of the remaining classes. Passes may be shared with a friend or family member. Methods of payment are cash, bank transfer (ask me for details) or www.PayPal.me/yogapaula

Closing the class

We finish class with our hands in añjali mudrā (palms facing each other with hands cupped in the shape of a flower bud) in front of hṛdayam (the heart space). This is a way to acknowledge and honour your own Self, as it is said that the true Self resides in the heart. With hands in añjali mudrā, we say oṁ śāntiḥ. The sanskrit word śāntiḥ means peace, and this salutation is both an invocation for peace, and an acknowledgement that we have practised with the goal of connecting with the feeling of peace inside