Wear comfortable, loose, active wear that won’t restrict your movement. Your clothing should be loose enough for you to move in, but not so baggy that it gets in your way or that your Instructor can’t see your form. A tank top and leggings/yoga pants for women, and a t-shirt and elastic-waisted shorts for men should be perfect. You may also want to bring a long-sleeved layer, as you may get cold at the end of your practice. Also, it is customary to have bare feet during class. This is both so you don’t slip, and so that you can more firmly connect to the Earth beneath you.
We are all influenced by the sense of smell. Since our Yoga practice involves a lot of deep breath work, we ask that you be mindful of this before coming to class. Strong scent carried on a person’s clothing or body can fill the Studio space and affect other student’s practice, (i.e. perfume, smoke, etc.).
FREE PARKING is available after 5 pm weekdays and on weekends in the Studio Lot and on the side streets and the Green P Lots at all times. (See About Us for the map).
Arrive 10 Minutes Early
No matter what style of yoga you choose to pursue, yoga is ultimately about slowing down and calming the nervous system. Therefore, avoid rushing and stressing yourself out by being late. We open the Studio 20 minutes before the start time, so take advantage of a few extra minutes to learn the lay of the land, sign-in, and get yourself settled in. Class size is limited and on-line registration is required for all classes. Be sure to register to guarantee your spot! Make it a habit to arrive early. Nothing disrupts a class mood like the late comer.
In order to keep our Studio clean, please leave your shoes on the racks provided on the stairwell landing outside of the Studio.
What to Bring into the Studio
Although Crystal Tree Yoga provides yoga mats for use, they are primarily for new students. We recommend, for your own personal hygiene, that you purchase your own mat. Owning your own mat is a commitment to your practice. All other props that may be used (depending on the class) such as blocks, straps, blankets and bolsters are provided.
Bring your yoga mat, water, and a small towel (if you plan on sweating). That's all you need.
An important piece of etiquette is that you do not bring your cell phone to your mat in class. If you bring your technology to the Studio, we ask that you turn it off and place it in the cubbies we have assigned for your personal items. Your practice is a time to unplug and disconnect from technology. Remember that others have done the same and interrupting the yoga zone with a ringtone is rather unforgiving, regardless of the calm reaction you may receive.
Unroll Your Mat and Get Some Props
Speak softly out of respect to all those in the Studio. The few minutes before class are ideal for a short meditation and for setting an intention. Also, it is proper etiquette not to step on anyone else’s mat while you are in transit to setting up your mat.
Your mat should be unrolled quietly so as not to disturb fellow participants and with the edges curled down toward the floor. Line the mat up with those of your neighbours so that you help to create organized rows (unless you are advised to arrange in a different orientation). Be mindful of people's space.
“Props” are the tools you can use to help bring more stability and easefulness into your poses, and include blocks, blankets, straps and bolsters (pillows). If you attend a class that provides props, simply ask the teacher which props you should get, or see what everyone else has and get the same ones.
This is a welcoming environment where you are encouraged to let go of judgement, competition and expectations and to just "be" on your mat. Your yoga practice is about you and your inner journey. Observe and listen to your body and enjoy your class.
After class, if you borrowed a mat from the Studio, please wipe it down. If you used props, please put them back. Remember to take all of your things with you.
Unless a specific class is scheduled (i.e. Youth Yoga), participants ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult to participate. For Youth Yoga, we ask that parents come to the first session to sign the appropriate paperwork. We currently do not have a Children's Yoga Program.
We encourage you to try a variety of classes and Instructors so you can experience different styles and see what you like best. We have amazing, experienced Instructors offering classes for every ability and every body!
Breathe, build strength and balance. Learn how to quiet your mind and be in the moment.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and wish you a joyous class.