Wellness Centre Studio Etiquette
Pilates & Yoga classes generally cruise along without much trouble. It's not hard to figure out what the etiquette at the Wellness Centre Studio is. When in doubt, it's always acceptable to ask. Still, there are a few things you should know, and a few reminders some of us need.
Register for classes please For smooth running of our classes as well availability we request that all pilates/yoga/barre/meditation students register for each class they attend. This can be done online, by phone or in person.
Do Arrive On Time
It is important to be at class on time. Arriving late interrupts the flow of a class, and it means that your body won't get the full benefit of the sequence the teacher is building. Being on time is a sign of respect for the instructor and other students.
Don't Be a "No Show"
Please call or cancel online within the 2 hour required if you are going to miss your class. Even if something comes up at the last minute and you are embarrassed, or you forgot class and remembered too late to go, call. If you are signed up for a class, that spot is being held for you until the very last minute. If the studio knows you aren't coming, they might be able to fill your place. If you have nor cancelled in sufficient time you will forfeit that class pass. Class Cancellation policy here
Do Let Your Instructor Know About Injuries or Changes in Your Body
Often, instructors will check in with students before a class, and ask how they are feeling and if there is anything special going on. But if something really new is going on for you, don't wait to be asked. Politely approach the instructor before class and let them know what's up.
New bodily pains or strains are important to communicate. As are a significant changes like a surgery or pregnancy.
Don't Use Class Time as Chat Time
Before and after class are great times to chat with friends and share insights about Pilates & Yoga (as long as you aren't disturbing others). During class, it is a good idea to review whether or not what you want to say is timely and relevant. If you tend to blurt out whatever pops in your head, try to take a look at why. Sometimes talking is a way of escaping the moment.
This might be a good time to mention mobile phones. Do turn them off.
Personal Items/bags etc are to be stored in the boxes against the western wall. Items are not to be placed on the studio floor near your mat.
Do Ask Appropriate Questions
Some questions can wait until after class, but sometimes a certain exercise -- in that moment -- triggers a question that has been lingering. I tend to think it's fine to ask a question like that during class. On the other hand, you might be in a large class that has a workout flow going in which case it might be best to hang on to it until after. But do make sure you get your questions answered.
Don't Do Exercises that Hurt Your Body
You are responsible for your body. If an instructor asks you to do something that really doesn't feel right for you (which is different than "requires exertion"), it is alright not to do it. Ask the instructor for a modified version.
Wear Appropriate Workout Clothing
There is nothing special about workout clothing for Pilates & Yoga. You just need something that lets you move, isn't too tight or too baggy, and lets the instructor see the line of your body. Shoes are not worn. Some people wear specialized footwear, like pilates socks.
It is best not to wear strong scents to class. Many people are sensitive to perfumes and other scented products for example hairspray.
Do Find Out How You Should Leave the Equipment
This is a basic put away your toys note (you asked first anyway, right). If you move a piece of equipment or take a something small like a magic circle from its place, put it back.
Don't Be Afraid of Pilates & Yoga Classes
Some people are intimidated by Pilates and Yoga classes. Don't be. Studios are usually welcoming environments where all kinds of people are taking advantage of mindful movement exercises for different reasons.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR VISIT
Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early on your first visit for registration & completing our pre exercise questionaire.
- Pilates/yoga mats are required. Towels are not appropriate or safe. We do have mats for sale or hire $2.00 a session. Bring a towel or hire a towel for $1.00.
- Leave your shoes by the front door as we practice in bare feet
- Good personal hygiene and cleanliness.
- Men’s and women’s toilets with showers are available
- Best not to come on a full stomach (refrain at least 1 hour before coming)
- You can always take a rest when needed
- No food or drinks allowed only water
- hands on adjustments in all classes
Practice often. 4-6 times per week for maximum benefit. 2-3 times per week will show improvement for most students within three months.
Support Your Practice. By allowing yourself to experience Private sessions. See our website for prices & details. Spend an hour with an expert teacher and have them cater the practice to fit your needs. Take the tips into a group class so you can flow like the rest of them!
Class passes, memberships & courses have expiry dates & conditions. See website for details. Please consider your membership carefully as there are no refunds for change of mind, transfers or exchanges.