The Shala Guide
Here are some tips which make the shala experience better for you when you start, and are also better for the community at-large.
before your first practice
Although led classes are open to all and have no prerequisite, before beginning the morning mysore program, we ask that you reach out to us either via email or phone. This allows us to share information, and ask/answer questions before your first morning practice. To get in contact with us please click here.
If you’re dropping in from out-of-town and have an established practice, we strongly encourage you send us an email to give us a heads up that you’re planning to attend practice. You can use this link to reach out: here.
On your first day, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork and get acquainted with the studio.
All students are asked to shower before coming to practice; to wear clean and modest clothing; and to bring a clean mat and towel to practice.
Please refrain from wearing fragrances in the shala, as many people have sensitivities to certain scents which can make their experience less focused.
Cell phones and water bottles are not allowed in the practice space. Please silence your phones and leave them in the changing room cubbies.
Please make sure to sign-in at the start of each practice.
It is recommended that you refrain from eating (2-4 hours) before practice to ensure that your body is not working hard to digest food. Plus, some of the postures are made more difficult by a full stomach. Empty stomach = best.
Since the practice is meant to bring the focus inwards, we ask that students refrain from talking amongst each-other before, during, and after practice. Conversation related to the practice is permitted between teacher-student.
Please practice what the teacher has given you. Practicing additional postures that have not been instructed are not only distracting to others, but can be dangerous.
Remember too, we do not practice on moon days. For a list of these days, please click here.