Aloha (Welcome)! We're thrilled that you are ready to start a yoga practice and that you've chosen Ohana Moon Yoga to be a part of your exploration.
On your first visit to the studio, plan to arrive about 10-15 minutes early so you can fill out our new student waiver. Our studio has a front desk with a staff member ready to help you. The schedule of classes is posted outside the front door and at the front desk for reference. You can also view our schedule online. We have lots of class options for beginner to intermediate students. We also offer a weekly Yoga Technique class (Mondays 5:00pm-6:00pm) to help you build a strong foundation for your yoga practice.
There are two bathrooms, three changing rooms, and 'cubbies' for all your belongings. We have all the yoga props you'll need (straps, blocks, bolsters, blankets) for your practice. We have mats and clean towels to rent. In addition, we have water filters to refill your own bottles.
We recommend wearing something stretchy and comfortable to class. However, be aware that you may be turning upside down at least a few times in class and that running shorts and gym shorts alone (especially for men) do not usually work well. Stretchy pants and yoga clothing from our boutique all work very well.
Let the instructor know that you are new to yoga and they may provide you with modifications to enhance your experience. Take it easy your first few classes. As with any new physical activity, it will take your body some time to get used to the new movements and positions, so be patient with yourself and allow your body to open safely. You do not have to be flexible to begin yoga. In fact, the less flexible you are, the more you will get out of class. Flexibility is one of the benefits that your new practice will bring to you.
If you have injuries, old surgeries, or any conditions (including pregnancy) or medication that could effect your practice, please consult your physician before beginning yoga. Definitely let your instructor know so he/she can keep an eye on you and offer modifications. Yoga can be a great tool to help rehabilitate injury, but some modifications may be necessary to keep the practice safe for you.
We urge you to plan ahead to arrive on time, however, we understand that traffic and life can be unpredictable. 5-10 minutes late to class is usually not an issue. However, as a policy, the front doors lock 10 minutes into class. More than 10 minutes late is disruptive to the class experience, so it is up to the individual teacher to determine how late is "too late".
Our Power Vinyasa classes are our only heated classes and the studio is kept at about 90-95F. We keep the other classes between 74-78F, but all our yoga classes will get your internal temperature up, so a towel and a bottle for water are a good idea to bring to class.
We can't wait to see you around the studio. Be prepared to move, stretch, and enjoy your class!