So…what about yoga? The following are a few aspects that we have broken down for students who are new to yoga and about practicing at Full Circle Yoga & Therapy.
Welcome! We are excited to have you start your yoga experience with us. The most important thing to remember as a new yoga student is that showing up is what matters. You will soon find your groove, even as a beginner. As a new practitioner, we recommend starting with our yoga basics classes and then branching out to our restore and yoga nidra classes. This will give you the opportunity to learn some fundamentals while also experiencing a range of yoga styles. You can see our current class offerings HERE.
Yoga teachers at many studios will sometimes provide individual guidance to students during class in the form of a physical adjustment or assist. These hands-on adjustments are meant to help students improve their yoga practice. However, not all students are comfortable with this style of instruction or interaction.
Full Circle Yoga & Therapy operates as a trauma-informed studio. This means that we empower and support students in choosing whether or not they want a teacher to offer physical adjustments. We help students indicate their preference with the use of assist chips.
Assist chips are 2-sided round discs that look like wooden coasters. One side gives a green light for assists, while the other side declines assists. Chips rest on the ground at the front of each mat with that student’s preference facing up. This gives our teachers a clear direction about how to best support each student during practice. It also gives students the ability to change their preference during class in a way that is easily communicated to the teacher.
The temperature in a yoga room can vary from studio to studio and teacher to teacher. At Full Circle, we try to keep all classes at an average temperature considered comfortable for most individuals. We DO NOT offer any “hot yoga” classes. If you are sensitive to hotter or colder temperatures, be sure to let your teacher or our staff know so we may ensure your comfort during any class you attend.
If you want to bring your own bottle of water, that’s great. The studio offers small towels if you get sweaty. We also have mats to borrow (we do not charge mat rental fees). Some students like to bring journals to process their experience after the class in our lounge area. We encourage all students to bring an open mind to each class.
The most important thing about the clothing you choose for a yoga practice is that it is comfortable for you. Be sure it can move and stretch with you, but nothing so loose that it will fall down (or up when touching your hands toward the floor). After you check in, you will take your shoes off before you enter the studio, so any footwear you choose is fine.
Advance registration for regular classes is not required. We welcome and encourage you to drop-in for any class that fits within your schedule. However, you may wish to reserve your space via our online schedule for classes that tend to be full. Additionally, we may sometimes require advance registration and payment for special workshops or events, but that will always be clearly noted on any event description.
All cell phones should be turned off (not on vibrate) and put away. If you have special circumstances, please check with the front desk or your teacher and they will assist with any necessary accommodations. There is space just outside the studio entrance for students to store personal belongings during class.
Yoga teachers are trained to provide pose modifications and instruction for a range of physical capabilities to help everyone feel welcome and participate at their fullest capacity. However, they are not licensed medical practitioners and cannot give medical advice or care.
As with any other exercise program, you should speak with your physician regarding your participation in a yoga-based program. We encourage you to always be listening to your body. If any pose is uncomfortable for you or you feel pain at any time, stop what you are doing and relax until you feel ready to resume practice. Discuss any concerns with your teacher.