FAQs + Studio Etiquette

I’m new to yoga, what class should I take and how should I prepare for my first class?

First and foremost, welcome! If you are brand new to yoga we recommend taking our intro to yoga series (see workshop section of the class schedule for class dates and times) and trying our restorative classes. Our Vinyasa classes are all levels so you are always welcome to just jump right in.

To prepare for your first class read through the entire FAQ and Studio Etiquette sections.

What if I am not flexible?

Physically speaking, yoga is as much about strengthening as it is about flexibility.  Some of us are gifted with strength and others with flexibility. Yoga meets us where we are allowing us to work with what we have. So, if you aren’t flexible and/or strong, no problem! Yoga is here to help.

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing comfortable, breathable clothing that allows you to move, bend and not get overheated.

What should I bring?

You should bring a yoga mat, water bottle, hand towel and an open mind. For cleanliness purposes we generally recommend that you bring your own yoga mat. We do have mats on hand for those of you who are newer to practice or have forgotten your mat.

Should I eat before class?

It is best to come to class not too full (or hungry, for that matter!). Typically allow about two hours between eating a big meal and taking a class.

What if I have an injury, can I still practice?

If your doctor is on board with you taking a yoga class then so are we! We ask that you let your teacher know of any specific injury or conditions you may have so that we can help make class accessible for you.   

What if I am pregnant, can I still practice?

If you are pregnant be sure to consult with your doctor before taking any of our classes. In general, we recommend taking classes that are designed for this special time such as a prenatal yoga class or a gentle class such as restorative. If you have a regular yoga practice and your doctors approval to continue practicing then join us until your body tells you differently.

How long are classes?

Classes are anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, please check the schedule for the exact length of class.

Where do I park?

There is plenty of free parking on the streets immediately surrounding
the studio. There are also two public parking lots close by; one right
across the street on Rainier Ave. S. and S. Hudson street and one is
two short blocks away (just a 3 mintue walk!) located on S. Ferdinand
St., just east of Rainier Avenue S.

What if I have to leave early?

Although, we don’t condone leaving class early we understand that sometimes life happens. If you need to leave early, please inform the teacher prior to the beginning of class and situate your mat towards the back of the room in order to minimize any disruptions upon your exit.

Still have questions?

Send us an email …. rootyogaseattle@gmail.com

Basic Studio Etiquette

Please arrive on time! For returning students, we recommend arriving at least 5-10 minutes before class begins so that you have time to settle into your mat space. If you are new to the studio we ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes before class begins so that we can get acquainted and take care of class registration. Once class begins the studio door will be locked and entry will be at the discretion of the teacher whether it is safe and not disruptive for a student to enter once class has begun. We have space inside the studio to store your shoes and other personal belongings while you are in class.

Please turn off all cell phones once inside the studio. We ask that cell phones are completely silenced as even a vibrating phone can be disruptive.

Please limit bathroom visits to before and after class.

If you borrow a mat from us please wipe it down with our studio mat cleaner after class and leave it to dry on the studio floor.

Please practice general awareness and respect everyone you encounter inside the studio.

Thank you for helping to do your part to create and maintain the sacred space of our studio.