Arrive a few minutes prior to the start of class to allow time for checking in, setting up your mat, and getting situated. If you arrive late, please respect the other students by entering quietly and setting up quickly. Once on your mat, give yourself a few moments to center yourself before joining the sequence. Our doors are locked soon after the start of class.
Because we are in a historical neighborhood, please allow yourself adequate time to find comfortable parking. You can park in front of our studio, on Duval north of 51st, or on the adjacent residential streets. We ask that the patrons of neighboring businesses respect our limited parking spots in front of the studio, so we ask our students to also respect their parking spots. Click Here for more parking information.
Practice saucha or cleanliness. Many individuals are sensitive to odors, perfumes, and fragrances. Please arrive to class clean and avoid heavily scented perfumes and body lotions. We have a shower available for your use if you would like to use it prior to class. Please bring your own towel and allow enough time for use.
When you have a water bottle with condensation collecting, please place a small towel beneath it to protect our floors.
Please leave your borrowed mat and yoga props at the end of your practice. The instructors will clean your mat and take care of replacing the mat and props where they belong.
Remove your shoes upon entering the studio. Not only does this denote respect, it also helps keep our floors and your feet clean.
Please make sure your cell phone is silent or off completely. If you are on-call or may be expecting urgent communication, leave your phone on vibrate but away from your mat and in a cubby. You'll be able to hear the buzzing. If this situation pertains to you, please let your teacher know ahead of time.
During Your Practice...
Hydrate before and after class. Feel free to hydrate during class.
Practice every day! Sometimes your practice can simply be five minutes of breathing.
Avoid eating food for at least one hour prior to your practice.
If you have any injuries or conditions that may affect your practice, please speak with your instructor prior to class.
Don't take yourself to seriously and get out of your own way.
Find the value in every step.
Q. What should I bring to a yoga class?
A. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you full range of motion. Bring a water bottle and a mat. If you don't have a mat yet, you can borrow one of ours free of charge! We also have filtered water available.
Q. What does HPYC provide?
A. In addition to a safe space to practice with highly qualified instructors, HPYC also provides yoga mats (sometimes we forget them, too!), props, small hand towels, mat cleaner, a restroom, a shower, water, and tea. We also have a small boutique that includes mala beads, books, journals, soap, and clothing. If you are a member, you can store your yoga mat at the studio in our exclusive member mat bin next to the prop wall.
Q. What should I expect when I arrive?
A. When you walk into the studio, please remove your shoes. There are shoe racks and cubbies available for your personal belongings. Check in with the individual at the front desk. If you have any concerns or questions about the class or your practice, please don't hesitate to chat with the instructor prior to class. You'll roll out your mat toward the mandala mural at the front of the room and gather any props from the prop wall you may need (any combination of blocks, bolsters, blankets, and straps). The instructor will guide you through 60 or 75 minutes of practice based on the class type. Class will begin with intention-setting (think of this as a mental focus for your practice). The end of the class will include savasana ("corpse pose") and your teacher will guide you back to an acknowledgement of your intention along with telling the class "namaste," which translates to "bowing to you." You are welcome to respond with "namaste." We offer this as a way to recognize, acknowledge, and honor the divine and oneness in all. After that, you are welcome to spend some time in the studio to chat and rehydrate.
Q. I'm new to yoga. I don't even know what to ask.
A. Great! We're so glad you're here! Feel free attend any class. Yoga 101 and Gentle classes are a great way to start off your yoga practice. If you're an athlete, you may even be interested in jumping into a Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, or Vin-Yin class. If you ever find that the class feels strenuous, offer yourself an opportunity to be still and rest. A pose called "child's pose" (sitting back with your hips on your heels and your chest resting on your thighs) can be very restorative. As you practice more, you will become more familiar with poses and sequences within a class. Our teachers are all very accommodating and will be happy to offer any assistance.
Q. How can I learn more about the studio, events, and other offerings?
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