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Studio Etiquette and Frequently Asked Questions
Arrive 10 minutes early. This gives you time to settle in before class. Note that we lock the door about 5 minutes after start time. If you’re arriving late, please do so quietly so as to not disturb the other students, as classes start on time.
Pay what you can. We are proud to be the only pay-what-you-can yoga studio in Indianapolis. Since we still have bills to pay, our donation option is cash only. If you’re paying by card, it is a $15 flat rate.
No shoes in the yoga studio. When you arrive, please give your name to the front desk person to check in. Then remove your shoes - we never wear those into the studio - and proceed to enter the room.
Alert each teacher of any injuries. We will do our best to help you modify your practice to protect your injuries. If it is a major injury or recent surgery, we might ask for a doctor’s clearance before allowing you to practice.
No strong fragrances. Please be mindful to not wear heavy perfume to the studio. Also arrive free of any strong body odor and, if you smoke, please do not smoke within an hour of class so that the odor doesn’t disturb those around you.
No cell phones. Leave all your distractions off the mat. Please leave cell phones and watches in the back room. Cell phones should be on silent. If you wear a smart watch, please turn it to “theater mode” so it does not send alerts and distractions to you or your neighbors. We also recommend wearing minimal jewelry - it just gets in the way.
Enjoy the silence. While we LOVE to see the Breathing Space community buzzing and vibrant, please respect everyone's transition to their practice and keep conversations quiet before class.
Rest when needed. Always listen to your body first and foremost. If you need to rest, there is no shame in taking a moment to pause and reconnect with your breath.
We do not recommend leaving early. Savasana is the most important part of yoga practice! If you absolutely must leave before class ends, please discuss this with your teacher before class begins so she can help you finish your practice with savasana while still getting you out in time. Please exit quietly so as to not disturb the other students.
Kids yoga. We would love our classes to be all ages, however we realize there needs to be a minimum age to honor the class's need for serenity. From experience, we see that well-behaved children 10 and older are appropriate to participate in the whole class. If a child is unable to maintain focus, they would need to be able to sit quietly unattended (though we are not a babysitting service, so if they do not plan to practice, they need to stay home please). A parent or guardian must attend with anyone under the age of 12. A waiver must be signed for every student, so please be sure a parent or legal guardian is present at the minor's first class. Henceforth, it is with permission/knowledge of the parent/guardian that minors attend class on their own and any risks associated with it; Breathing Space shall not at any point be held responsible for any minor.
Restorative: often called "stress relief yoga" (we actually prefer "community napping"), this style doesn’t involve any standing or strenuous poses. Everything is fully supported and comfortable, which allows you to focus on relaxing the body and calming the mind. This is a great starting point if you want to use yoga to unwind.
Blissful: just a step up from Restorative, this style may include a little more movement, but is still pretty gentle. It’s great if you’re looking to maintain mobility, relax, and/or combat the symptoms of aging (because nobody’s getting any younger...). This is a great first class if you like to keep things calm but still work the joints and stretch the muscles.
Gentle Flow: we use the term "flow" to indicate that the poses are linked through a sequence of movements. Often times, this suggests that there is the familiar "vinyasa" flow incorporated, but not always. If you’re not sure what a vinyasa is, not to worry - we teach it at a slower pace in this class. This is our #1 recommended starting point for beginner yogis without any mobility issues like recent injury or severe chronic pain. You may find yourself challenged in Gentle Flow, but not to the point of frustration.
All Levels Flow: Unite breath with movement as you are led through a sequence of complimentary asanas, or poses, designed to bring expansive energy into all layers of the body. Our qualified teachers offer options both for beginners and for students ready to take a deeper variation of the asana. All Levels Flow is accessible to the able-bodied beginner, is mild-to-moderately challenging and is designed to build strength.
Sadhana: The Sanskrit word for "daily spiritual practices," is designed to offer students a complete yoga experience, contributing to one's overall well-being in body, mind and spirit. Class begins with a short dharma talk, a discussion of living a mindful yogic life; followed by asana,* a sequence of postures that work to connect to the deeper layers of the body; followed by pranayama, breathing techniques to steady the mind and finally, as with all Breathing Space classes, ends with meditation. In Sadhana, meditation is always a full 20 minutes.
*The asana part of the 2-hour class will be mildly-to-very challenging; a solid understanding of common poses is required, as is a desire to grow your physical practice.
Strong Flow/cYoga: by now you’ve gotten an understanding of how we take things a step further around here. Strong Flow is exactly what it sounds like: flowing sequences that challenge your strength. We expect you to have a solid understanding of basic poses like down dog, warrior 1, warrior 2, tree and triangle. You can expect to sweat and, with consistent dedication to this particular style, watch your practice flourish in no time.
In short, you can literally start at the top of these styles and progressively work your way down; in doing so, you will find where your stopping point is. You can hang out in that class style until you feel ready to keep challenging yourself. Not looking for challenge? No pressure and no judgement, just stay in the first 2-3 styles!