Maybe it is your first time at our studio. Or maybe you’ve signed up for Longwave Yoga’s $30 for 30 days to explore yoga for the first time. Either way, you made it here, and we are so grateful that you did!
Whether it is your first time with us or your first yoga class, there is a lot to know. We get it. In fact, all of us have been there at some point trying to figure out studio culture, learning where to put our shoes, and figuring out how in the world to do yoga.
We want to help you get develop your yoga practice with as much ease as possible. So to get you started, we have a few pointers for those moments when you just don’t know what to do.
It’s your first day at Longwave. What are you supposed to do?
Thank yourself for taking the time to do yoga and embark on a new journey.
Out of respect for your fellow yogis and teacher, arrive on time or a few minutes early. Wilmington, North Carolina, traffic is often congested, so allot extra time to make it to the studio.
Give yourself enough time to prepare. This means check in at the front desk, change your clothes, and take off your shoes. Don’t forget to turn off your cell phone—even if you are leaving it in the lobby.
Sign in and register for class prior to setting up your mat in the studio.
The studio space is sacred; therefore, shoes are to be taken off before entering the practice space. Place shoes and other belongings in the cubbies.
Keep any valuable items in your car or on your person. Longwave Yoga is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
What should you do if you are late to class?
If you are late to class, the first rule is to breathe. Traffic can be frustrating, and driving a little erratically might make you get to class on time. But we want you to practice your yoga on and off the mat. So drive mindfully, kindly, and safely.
If you’ve arrived at the studio and class has begun, there are a few studio policies:
Sign the attendance book before entering the practice space. This way, you won’t forget after class when you have a yoga buzz.
Please quietly enter if class has already begun.
If the teacher is meditating, chanting, or giving a spiritual talk, immediately sit down by the entrance. Wait until the teacher is done and the practice begins before you quietly set up your yoga mat and get props.
Don’t forget to check in at the front desk after class is over.
If you are more than 10 minutes late, we kindly ask that you register for a different class. This is for your safety and the integrity of the class.
What should you do if you need to leave early?
If you have to leave class early, please let the instructor know before class begins.
When you set up your practice space, please roll out your mat near the door. Doing so will minimize disruptions when you need to leave.
The final resting pose (savasana) is a moment of stillness and quiet. So we ask that if you need to leave early, please roll up your mat and put your props away before savasana begins.
Remember that savasana is one of the most important elements in closing your yoga practice and lasts about 5 minutes. We encourage all students to stay for savasana.
What is this Longwave place all about?
We are about you. We want to nurture your yoga practice and journey both on and off the mat in ways that authentically serve you. As such, we have a few ideas to share that will help you begin developing your practice at Longwave.
Practice Ahimsa (non-harming). Be kind to yourself and others through your words, actions, and thoughts.
Enter the space in a peaceful way. Being mindful in voice, movement, actions, thought, and attitude respects those who come to yoga for a safe and uplifting environment. This gentle approach will dissipate negativity not only during yoga class, but in other areas of life as well.
Avoid eating two hours before practice. If you practice on a full stomach, you may experience cramps or sickness. Digesting food takes energy and may make you feel sluggish, impacting your practice.
Many people experience sensitivity to perfumes or oils. Avoid wearing strong smells when practicing.
Spread good karma. Plant seeds of kindness for yourself and others.
Clean your mat post-practice and neatly put away all props the way you found them.
Smile at a fellow student. All kind gestures help you advance your practice.
Keep an open mind. When you are learning yoga, there are a lot of new words, poses, and ideas. Keeping an open mind can help you see new possibilities in the physical practice and your everyday life.
Every yogi has a favorite teacher, but a yoga practice is about expanding your mind and increasing your awareness, including being open to substitutes. Keep an open mind and heart. Tell yourself you will learn at least one thing from this new teacher. You may find at the end of the class, you have learned much more.
Again, welcome to Longwave Yoga. Please know that our teaching staff is here to serve you. So if you have questions, ask! We are happy to help.
See you on the mat!