New to BLYS? Or perhaps you're brand new to yoga, barre or sculpt? Read below for some tips for first-time visitors.
Q: I'M NEW TO YOGA. IS THERE A CLASS FOR ME?
Beginners are encouraged to try Gentle Yoga, Yin, or Yoga 1. Our instructors will move through poses slowly, emphasizing proper alignment and safety. Expect more instruction as well as suggestions for how to best modify poses for less intensity.
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO YOGA CLASS?
A: A MAT, A BOTTLE OF WATER, AND POSSIBLY A TOWEL.
We also offer high-quality Manduka brand mats for a rental fee of $2. Annual and monthly members may use our in-house mats free of charge. We have a water cooler on-site for refills and sell bottles of water for $2 and BLYS branded reusable water bottles for $4.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO YOGA?
A: COMFORTABLE, SOMEWHAT TIGHT-FITTING CLOTHING.
When practicing yoga most people find that tight, moisture-wicking apparel is best. Certain postures result in the student being slightly or fully inverted, in which case a loose fitting shirt could fall towards the face and prove distracting. We also advise students to practice barefoot.
Q: I'M NEW TO BARRE AND/OR SCULPT. IS THERE A CLASS FOR ME?
A: YES! ALL OF OUR BARRE AND SCULPT CLASSES ARE SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS.
We suggest letting your instructor know if you're brand new to this format so that she can better assist you with modifications and alignment corrections.
Q: DO I HAVE TO WEAR SOCKS TO SCULPT AND BARRE CLASS?
A: SOCKS ARE OPTIONAL.
Students are welcome to wear barre-specific socks with rubber grip on the sole. We sell these in-house for $16-22. You are also welcome to take class barefoot.
Q: DOES YOUR STUDIO HAVE A SHOWER?
A: YES, WE HAVE ONE ADA-ACCESSIBLE SHOWER.
Q: DO I HAVE TO BRING MY OWN YOGA PROPS?
A: WE HAVE ALL OF THE PROPS NEEDED FOR A WELL-ROUNDED YOGA, BARRE OR SCULPT CLASS.
For our yoga students, we offer bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps. Our Manduka mats can be rented for $2 a visit. We also sell a variety of Manduka and B-Yoga brand mats on site for anyone looking to buy. Our barre and sculpt studio is outfitted with cushy 48" fitness mats, resistance bands, 2 lbs. and 3 lbs. weights, weighted balls, straps, blocks, and 7" balls.
Q: ARE YOU A HOT YOGA STUDIO?
A: NO. WE OFFER BOTH NON-HEATED AND HEATED CLASSES RANGING FROM 75 TO 90 DEGREES.
The thermostat for our beginner yoga classes is set to 75-8o degrees. Our Yoga 2 classes are typically heated to between 85 and 90 degrees. For specifics on how we heat our studio for classes, visit our "Class Descriptions" page where you'll find class length and temperature listings for the classes we offer.