Practice Guidelines

Welcome to North Shore Yoga! The following is a list of guidelines to ensure that each student has an enjoyable experience.

  • Come 5-15 minutes early so you can check in before class, take care of payment arrangements, and have some time to settle in.
  • If you are running late, please be sure to enter class after any meditation or breathing exercises, as not to disturb the others.
  • Wear comfortable clothing such as yoga pants, t-shirts, shorts, or tank tops. Yoga practice is done in bare feet.
  • Please leave your shoes, belongings, and CELL PHONES in the cubbies outside the studio. Bring only personal valuables in the studio. Turn CELL PHONES OFF.
  • Feel free to bring water and a towel. However, it is recommended to limit drinking water during practice. Rather, drink plenty of water prior to, and after class. Water & towels are for sale at the front desk.
  • Personal hygiene is an integral part of practicing yoga. Please ensure that you and your gear are clean and refrain from wearing perfume or cologne.
  • Please bring your own mat for personal hygiene/energetic reasons. If you need a mat they are available to rent for $1.
  • It is recommended to practice yoga on an empty stomach. Refrain from eating 2-3 hours prior to your practice.
  • Please avoid any unnecessary talking during class and keep voices low when in the lobby.
  • Inform your teacher prior to class of any injuries, pregnancy, or medical conditions.
  • Please respect the student-teacher relationship and follow requests from your teacher. This relationship, based on the genuineness of the teacher and the respect and commitment of the student, is the best way for yoga and advanced knowledge to be conveyed.
  • We are a hands-on studio, if you would prefer not to be touched, kindly let your teacher know.
  • The studio is kept warm so that muscles are pliable, and injuries are kept to a minimum. Sweating is a part of the practice and will help to purify and de-toxify the system.
  • Please stay on your own mat and refrain from assisting other practitioners.
  • Taking rest or SAVASANA at the end of yoga practice is an integral part of the practice for the health of the mind and body. Please do not leave class without doing so. If you must leave class early, be sure to stop your practice early and leave at least 5 minutes for a proper rest and relaxation.
  • DO NOT LEAVE during rest or savasana, out of respect for the other practitioners.
  • In Mysore classes, please respect and follow the traditional Ashtanga Method as taught by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. Do not add, skip or deviate from the sequence of asanas unless acknowledged or requested by your teacher. If you do not know the sequence, inform your teacher so that you can obtain the appropriate guidance. Please do not take any new asanas unless agreed upon with your teacher.
  • Please honor the sacredness of the space by picking up after yourself, and returning borrowed props to our closet in an organized fashion.