What are the different styles of yoga?
- Hatha yoga classes are further divided into many different schools, including the following:
- Ashtanga yoga: Very vigorous, fast-paced style according to the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
- Anusara yoga: Alignment-based, expressive practice created by John Friend
- Iyengar yoga: Precise and alignment-based according to the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar
- Vinyasa or “power” yoga: Vigorous, faster-paced style based on Ashtanga yoga
- Viniyoga: Therapeutic style based on the teachings of Desikachar
- Kundalini: Based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan
- Kripalu: Alignment-based; focus on prana and self-acceptance; from Kripalu Center.
The etiquette for yoga classes is a bit different from other group classes. All etiquette guidelines can be summed up in respecting the others present:
* Please practice good hygiene and avoid using heavily scented products.
* Please arrive on time. Occasional lateness is understandable, but arriving late disrupts the class and does not allow you to warm up properly.
* During class, it is appropriate to ask the teacher questions but please avoid unnecessary conversation or comments. Yoga classes require a focused and quiet environment.
* Follow the teacher’s instructions. It is always acceptable to modify or leave out a posture, but doing your own side practice is disrespectful to the teacher and distracting to the class.
* Take responsibility for your own well-being. Don’t push yourself too hard or compare yourself with others. Yoga is a personal practice, not a sport. Know your own limits and be patient — every stage of your development is valuable.
Do you have mats that students can borrow?
Yes! Please wipe down the mat after using it and leave it out to dry.
What is your pay-as-you-can policy?
Money should not prevent you from coming. If you cannot afford to pay the studio’s class rate, please pay what you are able to.
What are the benefits of membership?
Rainforest membership is $25 a year and allows you to receive discounts on workshops and coupon booklets for classes. This money also supports our nonprofit mission, allowing us to provide scholarships and workshops.
When and how do I pay for a class?
There is a little wooden bowl by the front door where you can place your coupons, cash, or checks. Please make out checks to the individual teachers. It’s fine to pay before or after class. If you need to make other arrangements, please talk to the instructor.
How do I buy a discount coupon book?
Talk to your teacher before or after class. Coupon books are only available for purchase by members, and will save you $2 per class. There are separate coupon books for 1-hour and 1.5-hour classes.
Does the studio have drinking water?
No. Please bring your own bottle for water.
Can I arrange private classes with a teacher?
Many of our teachers will arrange private lessons. Please contact the studio (or an individual teacher) to discuss arrangements.