Need To Know

A lot of people have questions when it comes to yoga principles and etiquette. Check out our FAQs to get oriented to WYC:

Cancellation + Refund Policy

Advanced Registration + Attendance

Workshops + Special Events: Registration for workshops and special events may close five days prior to the event. See specific dates and times in the workshop details. We require a minimum of 4 participants to hold an event, so your advanced registration helps everyone better plan their time.

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. 

Waitlist: If a class is full, you can opt to be added to the waitlist. Should a space become available, you will be notified via email two hours prior to the class. 

Refund Policy

We do not offer refunds on the purchase of class packages.

In order to be considered for a full refund from events or workshops, you must notify us prior to the closing of the workshop registration.

Any other late cancellations after the registration deadline or last minute cancellations should be emailed to for review. 

Massage Cancellation

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.

What do we expect of you?

Please observe these guidelines of yoga etiquette:

> 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.

Specialty Classes

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 yoga a religion?

“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.

Is yoga all about bending like a pretzel or sweating in a hot room?

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.

What if I can’t do it?

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.

I’ve heard yoga teachers push students into poses sometimes?

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.

What do I wear!?

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.

What can I expect?

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!

Can I bring my service dog with me?

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.

Can I bring my kids to the studio while I take class?

If your child is under the age of 12, please call to confirm.

  • “Since I started taking classes at Waynesville Yoga Center, I can now go down the stairs ‘normally’, instead of one foot at a time. I’m really pleased with how these classes are helping me.”

    – Carol L.

  • “After my first private session with Amber my body felt so good! Because of her guidance and personal assisting I highly recommend working with her.”

    – Barbara B.

  • “I waited years looking for the right yoga teacher training program and WYC was definitely the reason why. I’m absolutely convinced I could not have found a program that was more creative, inclusive, or supportive. I would definitely attribute that to the meticulous design of the curriculum and incredibly talented teachers you brought in to lead so many cool facets of the course. You drew in some of the most amazing students with all this awesomeness and I’ve been so thrilled to learn alongside them this year so thank you, thank you, thank you for every last delicious bit of it.”

    – CJH

  • “My experience during my YTT at WYC has not only increased my confidence on the mat but has opened up endless possibilities and opportunities for a courageous, confident, and grateful life off the mat. “

    – Teresa F.

  • “Jay takes time to answer questions, to give help when needed in performing movements and is a gentle, calm person which helps my yoga experience.”

    – Anita S.

  • “Jay is a wonderful yoga instructor; has great variety in classes; is always dependable (there and on time); is kind and understanding; and always available to answer questions and give additional instruction if necessary. She is calm and classes are enjoyable no matter the challenge.”

    – Myndie S.

  • “WYC YTT has given me such tremendous depth in my practice of yoga on and off the mat. I’ve loved seeing my evolution this year as I learned all the ways I can add yoga to my home and work life. I started just expecting to build a stronger personal practice, but now I am so excited to see where this will all take me in the years to come.”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “One of the things I have loved about the program is that we are not just learning how to teach certain poses; I have been learning things I didn’t even know I could learn about yoga in general, including about the subtle energies, how they tie to both anatomy and the philosophy of yoga.”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “Amber, you’re an incredible teacher! You are a natural at creating flows that challenge and inspire your students.”

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “Amber is an incredibly gifted instructor, particularly when it comes to yoga. She is calming, thorough, and provides that extra-added touch of essential oils, gentle adjustments, and themed practices. I love that Amber’s yoga classes are dynamic and she’s taught moves in her classes that I’ve never done in 15 years of practicing yoga. She’s a breath of fresh air in the yoga scene. I highly recommend her!”

    – Christine G.

  • “With all of my health issues, I never would have believed I could ever learn to teach yoga. WYC’s Real Yoga for Real Bodies built my confidence as a leader, reminding me that my journey is my strength, and I will actually be a better teacher because of the challenges I’ve experienced. Thank you so much for creating a program that encouraged us to bring the beauty and the beast through this incredible transformation.”

    – CJH

  • “YTT provided me with the tools and knowledge to deepen my own yoga practice and help others with theirs. This program challenged me in unforeseen ways and I am so thankful to have experienced this journey with such incredible teachers and fellow students. It was truly a life-changing experience.”

    – Hayley P.

  • “I haven’t felt this good since I got my puppy, ten years ago!…”

    – Steve S.

  • “What has set the program apart for me, as well, is the approach to teaching that encourages us not to focus on a “perfect” pose, but rather perfecting a pose within our bodies and the bodies of our students. This means everyone’s expression of a pose will be slightly different, and there is such beauty in that. It runs counter to so much that we are taught elsewhere in life.”

    – Kristen, B

  • “When I first began practicing yoga, it seemed like the more I learned, the more I wanted to know. I bought a few books but still didn’t feel like a real student of the practice of yoga. When the 200 hour YTT was offered, I saw it as the perfect chance to really expand my knowledge. I have come to realize that with this deep dive into the practice of yoga, I have a strong knowledge bank that will allow me to continue to expand my knowledge of yoga for years to come.”

    – Jann F.

  • “Thank you all so much for offering this. It has truly been a gift in my life and I am very grateful to be part of this class!”

    – Kristen, B

  • “That special moment when your body, mind and spirit blend into a yummy synchronized yogic OHMMMMMMM……..yeah, YTT has given me like a hundred of those so far! You guys are awesome!”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “Jay is an always-patient, highly skilled teacher who makes everyone feel welcome and able to participate. Her class is always a joy and rewarding.”

    – Barbara S.

  • I signed up for YTT thinking I had time to myself to focus on me, but the world has other plans. It’s still the best decision I’ve made, and I am so grateful that what I have learned has come to me at a time that I can apply it to so much real world trauma. This YTT has been a saving grace!

    – Kim T.

  • “Jay met me prior to class to help me polish my yoga teaching skills. I really appreciate her willingness to meet and teach me to make me a better instructor.”

    – Brooke H.

  • “I woke up one morning and realized I was 60 years old, that I could live well into my 80s and that I had to do something to improve my strength and stamina if I wanted a good quality of life. I was caring for small grandchildren periodically, and it exhausted me.

    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!”

    – Terri M.

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