Etiquette

Arrive Early

At Alkaline, we strive to respect our clients’ schedules by starting and ending class on time.  Arriving early allows you to settle down and set the intention for the practice.  If you arrive late, it can disrupt the focus of your fellow students and teachers.  However, we do realize that sometimes, life can happen and they can disrupt our schedule from time to time.

Keeping that in mind, Alkaline policy is that if there is room in the class,  you may enter in between postures within 7 minutes of start time in any of our other classes.  In the event that the class is full and would require other clients to re-adjust their mats, you may be asked to come for another class.

Please keep in mind that this is also for your own benefit.  If you’re late and missed the warm up sequence, it may cause unnecessary injury when performing the sequence without the warm up.

Leaving early

We understand that there will be times when you must leave early.   Please let the instructor know before the class begins and set up your mat near the door for an easy, unobtrusive exit.  We also recommend that you allow yourself at least 2 minutes of savasana.  This final relaxation is a critical part of the class where it allows your body to reap all the benefits of the class.

Personal hygiene

At Alkaline, we are in an enclosed room sweating and breathing together in a heated room.  Out of respect for each other, please shower before the class to avoid body odor and wear clean yoga clothes.

Please avoid using heavy perfume or lotions, keep your breath fresh and your toes and fingers clean.  Many clients have severe sensitivities to strong smells and would appreciate it if you refrained from using such things before the class.

At the end of class, please wipe down any extra sweat from the floor around you. If you tend to sweat more than normal, please bring an extra towel or rent a towel from our center.

Respect personal space

Please arrange your mats in a neat row to make space for other clients around you.  We have a maximum capacity levels at our center and we want to make sure to make room for everyone.   Refrain from entering or exiting the yoga room while others are in a posture.

Please be mindful about your belongings around your mat, especially your water bottle, making sure it stays close to your mat to avoid others from tripping over your items.

Yoga is not a competition!

Be intentional about your practice but aim to detach from the result.  Cultivating compassion and love for ourselves is the goal in our practice.  Straining into a pose may cause unnecessary injury and we don’t advocate this.  Our aim is to teach you to respect your body and tune into yourself and become the better version of yourself.  

Comparing your practice to others is not productive and can result in negative outcome.

The Center is where we find ZEN

Many people practice Yoga to escape our hectic lives.  It’s a sacred space for quiet and relaxation.  While speaking quietly prior to class is acceptable, please keep your voice down for those wishing to relax and even meditate.

Please keep all cell phones or any electronics in your locker. In final relaxation at the end of classes, please avoid talking until you are outside of the studio space. Fold your mat and towel up neatly to avoid sweat landing on other’s still in savasana and walk softly out of the room. 

Observe silence in the yoga room during final savasana. This might be the only time of the day that many people have silence and tranquility and we want them to enjoy it completely.

Other Etiquette Tips

  • Because we strive for efficiency, we prefer all transactions via credit card.
  • We do not have cash on hand at the center.
  • Please remove your shoes when you arrive in the lobby and place them in the cubbies or shelves. 
  • Avoid chewing gum in class. With inversions and other postures/exercises, it can be unsafe to have gum in your mouth.
  • If you have a comment or question for the instructor, please share it after class.
  • Please refrain from pouring water on yourself during class.
  • Practitioners must practice on a mat and at least 1 towel.
  • Cell phones are not permitted in the yoga room. Text & email are permitted in the lobby and locker rooms, but no voice calling or camera recording is permitted in the locker rooms.
  • Glass bottles are not permitted.
  • We are not responsible for any items left at the studio.
  • If you are not feeling well, rest at home to allow your body to recover and refrain from taking class. Not only does your body need the rest, but we also want to avoid spreading anything to our fellow practitioners.
  • Minor policy
    • If a child comes to the studio with their parent, they must be at least 10 years old to be left in the lobby unattended.
    • Minors must be at least 10 years old to take class.
    • Minors 15 years and under must take class with their parent or guardian.