BodyInUnity is so much more than just any yoga or fitness class. It is nourishment for your soul, mind and body. It is a metaphor and a 'practice' for life . . . a lifetime journey of exploration and transformation.
Everyone is welcome to come as you are and let go of all expectations, competition and judgment.
Please give several classes a try before you decide if they are/are not for you. A commitment/investment of a minimum of once a week consistently will reap great benefits for you.
There is much more info available on our website, including videos you can do at home. Below you will find some important and helpful notes below to familiarize you with studio etiquette.
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PHYSICAL or MEDICAL ISSUES
We all have our particular health concerns or issues, be it an old sports injury or a tender lower back. We cannot stress enough just how important it is to communicate any pre-existing medical problems to your teacher before class.
Teachers will tailor the yoga poses to accommodate your needs. This is particularly true for people recovering from injuries, with chronic muscular-skeletal issues, or those recovering from surgical or medical procedures.
TALK to the teacher.
If you’re new please arrive about 10 minutes early and introduce yourself to the teacher.
Remove your shoes.
Our practice space is a cork floor designed for barefeet only. Please leave your shoes, bags, and other belongings in the provided spaces in the reception area to keep our practice area as clutter-free as possible. Feel free to keep your socks on and remove them when you get to your mat.
Please SIGN IN when you arrive.
Place your mat gently on the floor, gather your props and have a seat.
IF YOU ARE LATE . . .
please WAIT in the reception area and ONLY ENTER the practice area after we get moving. Please enter & set up QUIETLY to respect the solitude of our space. The same applies if you have to leave early: quickly exit BEFORE final relaxation. PLEASE be considerate not to disrupt quiet times.
Wear loose-fitting or non-restrictive clothing and avoid accessories that could impede your movement.
Classes are barefoot.
Others can be highly sensitive or allergic to scents, especially with deep breathing.
GUM is a No.
Gum chewing interferes with proper breathing and is a choking hazard.
An EMPTY STOMACH
. . . will ensure you are more comfortable in class.
Wait at least two hours after a meal or a half hour after a light snack or drink.
Avoid sipping water during class, but drink plenty afterwards.
. . . and props can be borrowed for your first few classes. After that, we recommend you purchase your own mat and props. If you purchase a NEW mat, please let it air out at home for a week (in the sun is best) before bringing it into the studio to reduce off-gassing of chemicals around other students in a small space. Wiping it down with equal parts water/white vinegar solution will help to break it in as well -- let dry in direct sunlight.
If you have to LEAVE EARLY
NO problem! Please tell the teacher at the start of class, so we know you are not ill, and please leave before we begin final relaxation.
If you are experienced, feel free to intensify to make your class your own. If you are new, take it as slowly as you like. We can all be at different places and still share our experience.
If you must bring your phone to class, please silence it. If you must wait for an important call, please stay set up near the door and keep it on silent. I understand that some circumstances keep us on call, but try to check out completely whenever you can. Let BinU be a sanctuary for you, so you can be a sanctuary for the Holy Spirit. Please respect the solitude of your neighbors.
Participate in yoga ONLY under the care and consultation of a medical doctor and in conjunction with other holistic lifestyle changes. Please inform your instructor of any special considerations.