A lot of people have questions when it comes to yoga principles and etiquette. Check out our FAQs to get oriented to WYC:
Workshops + Special Events: We respectfully request that you register for workshops + special events at least 48 hours in advance. We require a minimum of 4 participants to hold an event, so your advanced registration is crucial and appreciated.
De-registering: For the courtesy of our students, teachers, and staff, we ask that students de-register (via TULA or by calling/emailing the studio) at least 2 hours in advance of a class that they will no longer be able to attend. Doing so kindly reopens a space for other students who may be able to attend if the class is otherwise at capacity 🙂
No-Show: If a student registers for a class and does not attend, Waynesville Yoga Center will remove 1 credit from class package holders or charge $10 to members (unlimited classes/month).
Extenuating Circumstances: We understand that life happens and endeavor to be fair, not punitive, with our policies. Students may contest a credit removal or no-show charge if they experienced extenuating circumstances that did not allow them to attend / de-register ahead of time.
Running Late: We request that our students arrive early (10-15 minutes) for class in order to get set up and centered. We will hold a spot up to 5-minutes before the class start time if a student communicates to the studio that they are running late. Students arriving late may be required to forfeit their spot should another student arrive earlier.
We do not offer refunds on the purchase of class packages.
In order to be eligible for a full refund from events or workshops, you must notify us within 48 hours of the event. We offer store credit if you deregister within 24 hours, and no refund thereafter or if you no-show
We reserve the right to charge for any massage cancellations within 3 hours of the session time.
Thank you for your consideration and understanding. Please contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.
> Show up at least 5 minutes before class to allow time to check in, lay out your mat, use the bathroom, and get settled in before class starts. Out of respect for other students, we close the class (and sometimes lock the front door!) at the class start time.
> If you’re registered for a class but aren’t there 5 mins prior, we reserve right to give your spot to someone else if needed. Please call, email, Facebook message us or deregister via your online account.
> Better yet: make this process even smoother – and secure your spot! – by registering for the class online.
> If you have to leave before the end of class, please slip out quietly before savasana begins. Out of respect for other students, we request that you not leave in the middle of savasana.
> Wear appropriate clothing; bring a water bottle for good hydration; and bring your own towel if you think you’ll be sweating.
> Don’t eat at least 2 hours before practicing. If you have to have something in your stomach before class, try to make it really light or liquid (smoothie, soup, etc).
> Read the class descriptions to make sure you feel comfortable with the skill level described. Be sure to let the teacher know about any injuries, conditions or limitations that might affect your ability to participate in class. Listen to your body throughout class, and honor your unique needs + limitations!
> Don’t stretch or push to your edge: practice and stretch just a little less than you think you can.
Any classes marked with an asterisk (*) on the schedule are specialty classes, meaning a substitute may not be available should the regular teacher be unable to lead the class. In that case, the class would be cancelled. While we strive to hold every class on the schedule – and try to secure subs whenever they’re needed – this isn’t always possible, especially for the specialty classes.
“Is aerobics a religion?” Yoga is no more a religion than aerobics. Yoga is a form of mental and physical wellness that originated in Indian thousands of years ago – and there are now endless forms, styles, and perspectives, especially in the US. How you might utilize the tools yoga offers is completely up to you. At WYC, we endorse yoga, massage, and wellness as powerful tools to help counteract the inevitable stresses of modern life. We don’t allow yoga’s origins – or others’ interpretations of it – to interfere with our ability to utilize its benefits.
No! There are actually much greater benefits to attempting yoga poses in a safe alignment that’s comfortable for your body than forcing yourself into complicated contortions. Having the flexibility to practice dramatic poses is impressive and looks beautiful; and there are detoxifying benefits to sweating – but neither are a requirement to practice. All that is required of you is to check the class descriptions and make sure that you feel comfortable with the class you have chosen.
You’ll find that WYC is a safe, supportive and judgement-free zone! 😊 If you’re not digging a particular class, for any reason, we expect you to take good care of yourself and honor your own needs. That might mean resting in childs pose for a few minutes, raising your hand and telling the teacher you need more cues, doing your own thing that feels more comfortable, or maybe even leaving class if it’s just not happening that day. No matter what, rest assured that we support you in honoring your boundaries.
In many yoga classes, the teacher will assist the student into a deeper stretch or encourage alignment by placing their hands on the student. For example, they might put both hands on your back while you’re in childs pose, gently pushing the low back towards the floor to encourage a safe, deeper stretch. This is called an “adjustment”, and many of our teachers utilize this tool. However, our teachers only provide adjustments if you give permission (via a little button that’s placed on your mat). If you don’t want to be adjusted, don’t display the button. Adjustments aren’t necessary to practice yoga effectively.
For yoga, you want to wear clothing that’s tight enough so it doesn’t billow or get in the way when you’re trying to move – but also loose enough to allow for stretching. We recommend standard workout gear: what you’d wear to a fitness class.
You can expect the teacher to check in with you regarding your comfort level and any injuries you may have – and to offer cues + adjustments to address safety in the poses both to you directly as well as generally. You can expect quality personalized attention from our experienced teachers in our small class format. Be sure to let the teacher know of any injuries, limitations or needs you have. Show up ready to be challenged both physically and mentally – but also to have fun!
Because we have a on-site spa that offers massage + bodywork treatments – and out of courtesy for other students who have strong allergies to animal dander – we ask that you: 1) limit any canine companions to true service dogs (ie, not dogs that are still in training or those who aren’t essential to your disability); and 2) that you kindly call ahead of time to let us know.
If your child is under the age of 12, please call to confirm.
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As soon as I saw Waynesville Yoga Center was opening, I came. I am so thankful to Jay for a place where I feel safe, not self-conscious, and where I can attend classes that benefit me without feeling in competition with anyone else. Restorative and Yin have improved my flexibility and meditation skills; Beginner Flow, Flow Level 1 and Gentle Chair Yoga have increased my strength and balance and also challenged me, as has Barre and Balance!
I feel better than I ever have – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I have met so many new friends. All of the instructors I have had are wonderful and willing to share of themselves. Thank you, Jay, your endeavor is making a tremendous difference in so many lives!”
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