We would like to extend our appreciation to our yoga community for your commitment to enhancing your life through yoga classes at Hudson Valley Healing Center. In order to maintain harmony and to preserve the environment we present the following:
IS THERE CLASS ETIQUETTE I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?
Arrive 10-15 minutes early for class so that you can complete your registration, ensure a place ion class, and get settled on your mat.
Please be on time for class. If you are late for a Yoga class, enter quietly after the opening meditation is finished. Permission to join a class more than 5 minutes will be granted at each instructor’s discretion.
Restrooms are available for changing.
Leave your coat, shoes, and large belongings in the cubbies or lockers provided.
Please keep conversation low when another class is in session.
Silence mobile devices upon entering the studio. No cell phones are allowed in the studio.
If you use props during class, please put them away in an orderly fashion. Wipe down studio mats prior to putting away, cleaner is provided.
All props are provided at studio… all you need to bring is yourself and an open mind!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR AND BRING TO CLASS?
We suggest comfortable, stretchy clothing that is not too loose, or it will get in your way, and make it difficult for the instructor to check your alignment. Most women wear a tank or tee with leggings and men wear a tee with shorts. Do plan to practice in bare feet, remove jewelry, and absolutely no watches in the studio. We also ask you refrain from wearing scented lotions and perfumes in respect for those who have sensitivities to fragrances.
For your first yoga class, be sure to bring a bottle of water, a towel and a yoga mat. If you don’t have these things, no worries, our yoga studio has mats and props you can use and a water fountain. First-timers should also get to the studio 15 minutes before class starts to meet your yoga instructor and ask any questions. We want to share our one-of-a-kind yoga with everyone, so come with an open mind and have fun!
SHOULD I ARRIVE EARLY?
Yes, we suggest arriving at least 10 minutes early to check in. This will allow us to help you get settled on your mat and transition into a quiet mindset for your practice.
WHERE CAN I PARK?
Parking is free! There are spots in front of the building, a parking lot across the street, a parking lot around the corner, and plenty of street parking.
WHAT IF I AM NOT THAT FLEXIBLE?
Yoga promotes flexibility. You don’t have to be flexible to start doing yoga. During the workday, much of our activity or, lack thereof, shortens muscles. Think about how often you either sit at a desk, in your car or at home. Yoga lengthens and expands muscles while helping you release toxins that build up in your body over time. Becoming more flexible is a great benefit of yoga, but the ultimate goal is to live more powerfully in mind, body and spirit. This gain happens regardless of whether or not you can touch your toes!
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT TO ATTEND YOGA CLASSES?
Our minimum age requirement is 12-years old. Those 12 to 16 must practice with a parent or guardian. All minors (under 18) must have a parent waiver signed prior to practicing (the parent or guardian must sign the waiver in person at a studio).
CAN I STILL PRACTICE YOGA IF I AM PREGNANT, MENSTRUATING, OR INJURED?
We highly recommend asking your doctor. They know what’s best for you and your situation. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor if you are pregnant or have any injuries prior to the start of class.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?
There are countless benefits to our style of yoga. You’ll turn stress into sweat, rigid into fluid, and our community can turn strangers into friends. Plus, you’ll increase circulation, flexibility and strength, while enhancing sleep quality. A regular yoga practice (at least 3x/week) has been shown to improve the symptoms of many chronic diseases (e.g. arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders).
Yoga has many well-documented, scientifically-proven health benefits. Believe it or not, the benefits of yoga well exceed this list given by Yoga Journal:
Improves your flexibility
Builds muscle strength
Improves your posture
Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown
Protects your spine
Improves your bone health
Increases your blood flow
Drains your lymph and boosts immunity
Increases your heart rate
Drops your blood pressure
Regulates your adrenal glands
Makes you happier
And much more!
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE PROGRESS IN MY YOGA PRACTICE?
Yoga has a popular mantra: “Where you are is exactly where you’re supposed to be”. We believe in this wholeheartedly. Everyone responds differently to yoga, based on age, physical condition and genetics. So don’t measure “progress”. Embrace where you are in your yoga practice, and let go of expectations. Yoga is a life-long pursuit, so enjoy the ride!
MY INSTRUCTOR SAYS ‘NAMASTE’ AT THE END OF CLASS. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Namaste is a word of greeting. It is in common usage on the streets of Nepal and India even in modern times, and is generally accompanied by drawing the hands together and slightly bowing the head. This gesture is an acknowledgement of one soul to another. "Nama" means bow; "as" means I; and "te" means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you”. This gesture is a deep form of respect and a wonderful way to seal your yoga practice and hard work.
WHAT DOES ‘YOGA’ MEAN?
Yoga can be traced back to ancient India more than 5,000 years ago. Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning to join, or yoke; a union. Conceptually, yoga is the practice of fully uniting the body, mind and spirit.
THE INSTRUCTOR USES WORDS IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE. WHAT IS IT?
The language of yoga is Sanskrit, the language of ancient India. Some teachers use it more than others, and it is nothing to feel uncomfortable about. Although you may never say the words yourself, you will come to recognize them over time. If this is an area of interest for you, there are books in the blue lotus boutique we can point you to, to learn more.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
Should you need to cancel class after signing up online, if you do so more than 3 hours prior to the start of class, you will not be charged for class. However, cancelling less than 3 hours before class and no shows will be charged for the session.
I’VE FORGOTTEN SOMETHING AT THE STUDIO, HOW CAN I GET IT?
If you have left your mat, towel, water bottle, etc at the studio after class, it will most likely be with our lost & found. Please check with the front desk staff and pick it up as soon as possible. We clean out and donate our lost and found every two weeks. It is recommended that you leave valuables in your car or lockers, we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Hudson Valley Healing Center reserves the right to substitute, cancel, add, delete, and/or change programs, classes, instructors and/or class types. Although we try to maintain a reliable schedule, the studio and management assumes no liability for such changes.
Schedules, teachers and prices of classes, passes, memberships and/or products are subject to change without notice. Please always check our website for our most current offers.
During snow or weather emergencies please check our Facebook page and the website schedule for timely communication on any cancellations.
Gift Cards are not refundable and non-returnable. Gift cards are good for one year.
Class Cards and Memberships
All memberships and class packages have an expiration date and are non-refundable, extendable or transferable from one student to another. The balance on an expired class card can be transferred to a new purchased card within 14 days of the expiration date. Membership’s automatic payments are not refundable after having been processed unless a mistake on our part took place.
Class cards and Membership will not be extended due to a holiday or class cancellation due to weather. Memberships and class packages can only be used for regular scheduled yoga classes excluding special classes, workshops, events, series, Ashtanga classes, and salt cave classes. Refunds will not be issued for any membership, class pass, or drop in fee. Refunds will not be issued for classes paid for but not attended. Medical Freeze: An existing package expiration date may be frozen or extended only in the event of an injury or illness with a valid note from a medical doctor. Freezes or class pass extensions must be done at the beginning of the injury or illness. To request a medical freeze please email email@example.com; a confirmation email will be sent back to you.
All minors (under 18) must have a parent waiver signed prior to practicing (the parent or guardian must sign the waiver in person at a studio). Our minimum age requirement is 12-years old. Those ages 12 to 16 must practice with a parent or guardian. Minors may not sit in the reception area while the parent or guardian takes a class. The front desk staff are not authorized to supervise children.
Your privacy is very important to us. Any personal information you choose to give us will only be used to help us provide you with the highest quality services, products, and support.
We will never share your personal or financial information with any other party. We do not share bank or credit card information with any outside parties.
Photos and Videos: We do not allow observers in our classes. Photos and videos are not permitted in the studio except by prior written permission of Yoga Haven management.
Special Classes and Series Cancellations
Full refunds will be issued 30 days prior to the start of the special class, event or series that you signed up for, minus a processing fee. After that we regret that we cannot offer any refunds, changes or credits.
We need to notify our instructors if classes or workshops have low attendance. Your cooperation and understanding of our cancellation policy is greatly appreciated.
You are eligible for a full refund minus a $20.00 administration fee if you cancel 14 days or more before the workshop start date, or a full credit on your account. We are unable to offer refunds, transfers, or credits for cancellations within 14 days of your workshop start date. There are also no refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the workshop.
To cancel, please call Hudson Valley Healing Center.
Workshops could occasionally be cancelled by the studio if there’s insufficient interest, or if a teacher has an emergency. If the workshop is cancelled you will be notified by email as soon as possible, and you will receive a full refund.
To cancel a private lesson without incurring a fee, you must cancel 48 hours prior to the lesson. If not, you will be charged a fee for the lesson. If you are late for a private class, the class will end at the original time. If you are more than 15 minutes late for a private class it is at the instructor’s discretion whether to hold an abbreviated class or not.
We thank you for honoring our studio policies! If you have more questions please don't hesitate to contact us!
To create a peaceful and empowering environment for your practice and community, please follow these studio etiquette guidelines:
Be Timely. Arrive at least 10 minutes before class to prepare and settle. Leaving class early is strongly discouraged. New students please arrive 15 minutes before class. Late entry is not permitted.
Be Clean. Do not wear perfumes, colognes, scented body lotions, oils. Neatly organize any gear near to your practice space. If you tend to sweat outside of your mat, bring a towel and wipe down your area when class is over. Food or drink is not allowed.
Be Peaceful. Turn off your cellphone and electronic devices when you arrive. All personal belongings other than practice gear must be stored outside of the rooms.
Be Respectful. Respect the silence of the practice rooms before and during class. As we practice with the community, be mindful and aware of the energy you transmit to those around you.
Be a Student. Follow instructions and be open to considering new forms of practice or different ways to visit poses.