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

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.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of workshops + events to allow adequate time to check in and get set up.

Refund Policy

If you cancel your attendance at a workshop / special event at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event, we will be happy to provide a refund or apply a credit to your studio account. However, if you cancel your attendance within 24 hours of the event - or don't show up - we are regretfully unable to provide a refund or credit.  

Massage Cancellation

We reserve the right to charge $25 for any massage cancellations within 24 hours.

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 5 minutes after 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.

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