Maya Yoga Studio Etiquette
As the oldest studio in the Crossroads District and Kansas City’s only Ashtanga Studio, we strive to maintain a professional and welcoming atmosphere. Please consider the following when attending our classes.
Respect the Class Schedule.
The practice room opens 15 minutes prior to class start time. If you are running late, please allow the instructor to begin class on time by signing in on the iPad and waiting to enter the practice room until the Opening Invocation (chant) is finished.
Respect the Practice Room.
Shoes need to be removed before entering the practice room. Leave drinks/water bottles outside. Ashtanga Vinyasa classes utilize the concept of ‘tapas’ or burning zeal to create clarifying heat within the body. Our practice room is 82 degrees. If you are worried about hydration, drink a glass of water (not coffee or soda) an hour before class time.
Respect the Teacher.
You are entering a community practice. We ask that over time you memorize the Ashtanga Yoga Series, but please respect the teacher and your fellow classmates by practicing the same pose as your instructor. Maya Yoga provides you access to highly trained teachers who can guide you into poses in new ways that will elevate your practice.
Respect the Sequence.
The Ashtanga Yoga Series is systematic. Each pose has a purpose; each breath has a purpose. “Adding on” poses in the middle of the sequence are inappropriate and disrespectful to the lineage, to your classmates, and to your teacher. If you want to practice poses that are not in the Primary Series, please attend the Mysore classes. These classes are the perfect opportunity to explore a different sequence (and practice your hanumanasa).
Stay for Savasana.
Maya Yoga teachers respect your time. They will begin and end class on time. Please stay until the end of class. Savasana is an essential pose for the body and the ego. In addition, the wisdom your teacher shares at the end of class is an important part of your yoga practice. In the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, we move first and talk second. Meaning: the most important lessons often take place in the last few minutes of class. All students in a led class are asked to remain in the practice room until dismissed by the teacher, even if they are practicing Mysore style in the back.