Gracious Studio Guidelines & Your Questions Answered

*Please sign-in before class. Signing in for every class is essential for payment purposes and so that we can compensate our teachers according to class attendance.

*Remove shoes before entering the space as our faces and hair do touch the floor.

*Barre class you must book & prepay for as we have limited space & bring a towel with you.

*Turn off all phones/pagers (or just leave them at home, unless you do special work you are totally excusable!)

*Be a early bird! Arrive 5/10minutes before class begins. If you are late you will not be able to attend as front shop doors are locked.

*No clothing, bags or shoes in the studio – keep them out the front – as doors are locked. Please move your mat to make space in crowded classes.

*If you are taking class from a teacher who is new to you, please inform them of any injuries or conditions.

*When you’re waiting outside, please be quiet, do not yell in when a class is in progress.

*We love children participating with there parents @ Essence Of My Heart studio but please note it is a quiet space, we cannot have children running around or making noise, it is a quiet, calming community space, keep in mind we all need to be quiet, still during chanting, meditation, and relaxation it can be distracting to others that you are sharing the space with.

*Cleanliness – Spray and wipe mats & props after use. Stack props neatly. Place folded blankets back. Reduce skin-to-skin contact with our props by wearing a shirt. This also makes it easier for teachers to make adjustments. If you sweat, bring a towel to class. Please do not use our blankets to wipe sweat from the floor or your body.

*We do offer Massage in our studio – please see us for appointments

Yoga Barre Pilates to gain the most benefits? Yoga Pilates & Barre are completely different styles of exercise and the styles complement each other tremendously. Practicing regularly (3-6 times/week) is recommended to get the best results, however even if you are only able to come once per week you will experience the benefits from all. You will more than likely plan classes into your busy schedule as a priority once you feel and see the differences in your body and mind.

What should I eat before coming to class? Its best to avoid eating 2-3 hours before your class as we twist from side to side, turn upside down, bend in different directions and if you have not fully digested a meal, you will more than likely become quickly uncomfortable. If this doesn’t suit you and you know you are someone who becomes faint or needs to eat regularly, you can experiment with having a light snack before class. It is highly recommended that you hydrate yourself by drinking water daily before and after class.

Can I participate if I’m pregnant? Absolutely! As long as your doctor has given you the okay to do so, Yoga and Pilates Basics can be of great benefit pre and post natal, however we do not recommend too much core work, pilates props and dynamic yoga. We ask that you please inform your teacher before class so they are aware of your pregnancy and at what trimester you are at.

I’m not flexible—can I do yoga? Yes of course you can! This is one of the greatest benefits in a regular practice…developing flexibility. You will notice the difference after your first class!

What do I need to begin? clothing, equipment. Come to your first class with an open mind, curiosity and a smile. Wear clothing you feel comfortable in keeping in mind practicality, leggings, shorts, shirt and no need to bring shoes as all classes are barefoot. You may wish to bring a towel to class (especially in Barre) mats are provided, however as your practice develops you may wish to buy your own mat available at the studio.

Why should i do Yoga Pilates & Barre? List of benifits

  • longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
  • improves postural problems
  • create a stronger, more flexible spine
  • promote recovery from strain or injury
  • increase joint range of motion
  • improve circulation
  • increases core strength/stability and peripheral mobility
  • helps prevent injury
  • enhances mobility, agility and stamina
  • improves balance, coordination & circulation
  • balances strength & flexibility
  • engage the mind and heightens body awareness
  • no-impact – easy on the joints
  • can be customized for everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
  • complements other methods of exercise
  • improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating, dance, etc.)
  • Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy through deep stretching
  • Heighten neuromuscular coordination