Policies & Etiquette
What should I bring for class?
Just yourself & a mat!
Mats are free to use your first time at Ariel Larsen Yoga and we provide high-quality Essential Serenitys mat for you to use. At the end of class please clean your borrowed mat before returning it.
CLASS START TIME?
To be respectful of everyone’s time classes will start and end on time. Doors will be open 15 minuets prior to the class start time and doors will be locked promptly at the beginning of class, to minimize disruptions to meditation and class flow, late students will NOT be permitted. Please inform your class instructor before the start of class if you need to leave early, set your mat up by the door and slip out as quietly as possible. If it is your first-time taking class, Welcome! Please arrive 15 minutes early for your first visit allowing sufficient time for registration and a brief orientation before class begins.
Cell phones are NOT allowed inside the yoga room. If you are on call or need to keep your phone with you in case of an emergency, please silence your phone and be sure to inform your instructor of your situation before class.
WHAT KIND OF PAYMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept cash, check, and debit/credit purchases either online or in-studio.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR CLASS?
Sign up Online through Schedulicity located on our Homepage or in person.
We are a warm yoga studio heated to roughly 75-80 degrees so dress according to your personal needs & comfort.
Ideal clothing for women includes: leggings, capris or shorts and a tank top or sports bra.
Ideal clothing for men includes: shorts (no boxer shorts/briefs or underwear) and optionally a t-shirt or tank top. If wearing loose-fitting shorts, we recommend an under-layer of compression shorts.
No shoes in the yoga room.
We recommend not wearing socks either, as bare feet will slip less than socks on a yoga mat. Unlike working out at the gym, yoga is meant to be done in your bare feet. This helps you connect with the floor and move more easily through the poses.
Doors to the reception area will be locked during class unless a team member is at the front desk. Even with these precautions in place, we recommend that you do not bring valuables into the yoga studio. We do not allow any personal items such as purses, cellphones, etc. into the yoga room. Please plan accordingly. Ariel Larsen is not responsible for your personal property.
GROOMING & CLEANINESS
Please ensure your body and feet are clean when attending class. Refrain from using perfumes or scented lotions as some students are highly sensitive and/or allergic to strong scents.
Please refrain from coming to class with a cold/flu/illness. Do not attend class with open wounds.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN CLASS? WILL I GET PERSONAL ATTENTION?
We are a small studio which holds up to 10 students depending on the class. Our teachers typically offer hands-on adjustments & assists during class, however we always have consent cards available for you to place near your mat to let the teacher know should you prefer not to receive any physical touch or adjustments at all during class.
Please don't hesitate to ask us about this if you have any questions or concerns regarding adjustments/assists.
I HAVE AN INJURY, CAN I STILL PRACTICE YOGA?
What did your doctor/physical therapist/provider say?
While we'd like to tell you that yoga will always heal you, we simply can't make those kinds of promises. Many students find yoga to be a helpful resource when working through an injury but it depends on the specifics and severity. Please consult with your doctor/physical therapist/bodyworker and let your teacher know what is going on so that we can work through any necessary modifications for class.
We are here to help, but we are not qualified to diagnose any injuries or illness so your physician and your own intuition are the first lines of defense when working with an injury.
I'M PREGNANT, CAN I STILL COME TO CLASS? WHICH ONE WOULD BE BEST FOR ME?
What did your provider say?
While more & more providers are recommending women do yoga during pregnancy (which is great!), the general rule of thumb is not to start anything brand new during pregnancy.
Most of our instructors are NOT certified in prenatal yoga and cannot advise on WHAT to modify, but can suggest HOW to modify. For example, if you tell your instructor that you want to avoid twists or forward folds, he/she can offer modifications or alternatives to those types of postures.
If you've had a steady practice before pregnancy, likely you'll be able to enjoy continuing your practice throughout - but if you've never stepped on a yoga mat before, now may not be the best time to jump into a vigorous vinyasa class.
If you have any questions regarding yoga during your pregnancy please reach out to our teacher Ariel.
CAN I BOOK A PRIVATE OR SMALL GROUP YOGA SESSION?
Of course! Working one-on-one is a great way to delve into the unique needs of your practice with a teacher. Please reach out or schedule using Schedulicity on Home Page to schedule a private or small group yoga session.
Rates vary by group size.
CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?
Not every yoga class is appropriate for younger children. We do from time to time allow children to attend classes. So please ask before you bring them and we can see if the class will be child-friendly yoga classes.
LOST AND FOUND
Lost and found items are donated monthly. We are not responsible for any items left at the studio.
Unplug and disconnect. Yoga is all about being mindful, which is hard to do when you are checking your smartphone or taking selfies. For the sake of your own and other students’ focus, turn off your phone before you enter the yoga room. If you are expecting an emergency call, let your teacher know before class, and set your phone to vibrate.
Eat lightly before class. Plan your meals so you don’t eat at least two hours before class. This will make many of the poses, especially twists and inversions, more comfortable. If you need to eat closer to class time, try having a light snack rather than a full meal.
Know that “noises” happen. Yoga often involves a lot of bending and twisting, which can really get things moving in your intestines. So the occasional passed gas is to be expected. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s the same with snoring during Savasana. If you tend to snore, try propping your head up during rest.
Respect the rest. Most yoga classes end with Savasana or another restful pose. This is not just naptime, but is an important part of your yoga practice. So before you bail on it, give it a try for a few weeks. If you have to leave class early, be as quiet as possible so others can find their own quiet bliss.