What is class like at EPY?
Our classes are offered to students of every level, from beginner to advanced practitioner.
Should I do anything before class?
Regular group classes are held in a room heated to 90 degrees to encourage deep change within the muscles. It is best to come to class well-hydrated and ready to sweat. Avoid eating a heavy meal 1-2 hours before class to keep your stomach comfortable.
What will I need for my first class?
Many poses can be enhanced with simple yoga props such as blocks and straps. Props and mats can be borrowed at no charge on your first visit, or rented for $1 each during subsequent visits. We also recommend bringing water and a towel, as well as wearing comfortable, flexible clothing to sweat in.
How will I feel after class?
Each person feels a little different after yoga. You may find yourself energized, exhausted, hungry, or with no appetite at all. Your experience both during and after class is unique to you, and may change over time as you develop your practice. If it is your first time at EPY, you may find that you are sore or tired the following day—it’s totally normal! Your body has been introduced to a new experience, and may react by tensing up in certain areas. The best thing to do is to jump right back in and re-invigorate your body and stretch your aches away. Simply remember to modify as necessary and respect your own flexibility and strength.
How often should I come to class?
Your yoga practice is just that—a practice. The more you are able to come to class, the greater it will serve you. If you are new to EPY, we recommend you take advantage of our $40 New Student Introductory Special, which offers you an entire month of unlimited classes. We encourage you to find the days and times that work best for you, and to simply dedicate the time to experience your greatest self.
How long will it take before I’m good at yoga?
There is no such thing as being “good” at yoga—the only measure of success is yourself. Every student of yoga has to take his or her own path, and regardless of what the other students may look like around the room, the only thing that matters is that you made it to class to begin with. As you continue to come to class, you will become more patient with your practice and let go of any expectations when you are on your mat. Your strength and flexibility will progress at your own pace, and cannot be compared with that of anyone else. Our instructors are present to make sure you are safe and properly aligned; your only responsibility is to respect how your body feels with acceptance and non-judgment.
Is there anything else I should know before coming to class?
At Evolution Power Yoga, we are committed to maintaining a safe space for personal transformation and expression. With that in mind, you may find it helpful to become familiar with some common yoga etiquette to ensure that each student’s personal experience, space, and growth within the studio is valued and respected.
- Always be sure to check in with the instructor or scan your class card before class if possible. If you don’t have a class card, check with the instructor or desk person to have one linked to your account.
- Remove your shoes before entering the yoga space. Cubbies are available at the studio to store your shoes and other belongings during your practice.
- Turn your cell phone off or switch it to vibrate before class. Avoid cell phone use immediately before or after class.
- Respect the sanctity of the yoga space by refraining some loud, obtrusive, or inappropriate conversations before and after class.
- Remember to take all of your belongings, including any props or empty water bottles, with you when you finish class. EPY has a lost and found that is emptied about once a month.
- Though we practice in a heated room and understand that you will most likely sweat, it is important that our space remain both safe and clean for all our students. Please remember to attend to your personal hygiene and odor before, during, and after class by arriving relatively clean, respecting your classmates’ space, and cleaning up any water or sweat that may have made its way to the floor. We provide mat spray for our students in the studio and recommend bringing a small towel for your own use.
- If you must arrive late: Please enter the yoga space quietly, set up your mat calmly, and begin your practice. If the main entrance is locked and you are less than 10 minutes late for class, you can enter class on the Harrisburg Pike-side entrance. Remember—if you are rushed or frazzled, you bring that energy with you into the classroom.
- If you must leave early: Try to place your mat at the back of the room to minimize disruption when you leave the class. To respect the experience and final relaxation for your classmates, please collect your belongings and exit the class before savasana begins. Again, keep in mind that the energy you bring with you into the room effects the entire class, so please gather your things calmly and quietly as you exit.
Evolution Power Yoga is a community studio that thrives only as much as its members. If you have any questions we haven’t answered here, don’t hesitate to speak with any of our teachers or assistants. By working together and respecting each member as an indispensable part of the whole, we create a greatness that makes our community truly inspiring and unique.
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