Getting Started

Before you begin your practice, some helpful tips…

  • NEW to West End Yoga? New practitioners are asked to fill out a Waiver. If you wish, you may print this form, fill it out and bring it to your first class. Forms are also available at the studio.
  • Please note that some classes may run 5-10 minutes longer than the scheduled time.
  • It is recommended that you practice yoga on an empty stomach: 2-3 hours after a meal and at least 1 hour after a snack.
  • Please wear comfortable non-binding stretchy clothing.  Bare foot is recommended for practice.
  • Try to arrive at least 5-10 minutes before class is to begin so you don’t have to rush to get your mat set up and yourself settled.
  • It is advisable to practice on your own clean yoga mat (these can be purchased inexpensively from many retailers; mats can be washed in your bathtub or gentle cycle in your washing machine with mild soap).  There are mats available at West End Yoga for use for $1.00 rental fee or for purchase ($10-$15). If you use a rental mat, please clean it with cloth and spray provided and hang to dry in the prop room.
  • Please be sure your cell is turned off or is on silent mode.
  • Please avoid wearing fragrance to class.
  • Please tell the instructor before class if you have an injury or are pregnant.
  • Only you know how you feel in a pose, so listen to your body and respect your personal needs at all times.  You should be able to maintain a smooth deep breath throughout your practice.
  • It is recommended to drink plenty of water after your yoga practice to flush toxins and to rehydrate.
  • Please remember your option to fill out the the waiver form and bring it to your first class.