what to expect, etiquette, and answers to frequently asked questions
Yoga Studio Etiquette
- With integrity, consider your social location when registering for classes/events.
- Avoid strong body odor- perfume/cologne or other.
- Commit to being 15 min early. Doors lock promptly at the start of class and unlock at the end. No exceptions.
- Upon entering studio, wash hands (and use bathroom as needed). This helps keep the space clean.
- Shoes off and things put away (but also limit what you bring into the studio as necessity).
- Turn your phone on silent, whether you’re a student or observing caregiver
- Observing caregivers: no talking or other distracting things while sitting IN the practice space.
- Embody the virtues of inclusion and compassion for yourself and others
- If you love your experience, share it with others (ask me how). If you didn’t love it, talk to me and let’s come up with solutions that get you where you want to be- loving your experience.
Yes, ONLY IF the class/event is listed as a drop off option and ONLY IF:
- They are bathroom dependent.
- They are known to feel safe and unbothered by you “leaving.”
- You must fill out and sign waivers for medical emergency, *late pick up, etc.
- Once you’re out of the studio, you’re locked out. Doors are locked at the start of class and unlocked at the end. Unless, I’m calling you to return.
*Pick up is when the doors are unlocked at the end of class. There is a $20 fee for every 5 minutes you’re late to pick up. This fee is steep to express the need to be on time.
Yes…BUT! For privacy and consent reasons, you cannot take pictures of other students. I also cannot have you floating around the room for the best shot. But I love the pics and I will need ambassadors (🤫info coming soon). You can also take pics and videos of your or your defendant’s home practice.
Tag me on your favorite social platform: @TheraPLAYoga, #TheraPLAYoga
Of course! Plus, you have the option of being amongst the yoga space or in the watch room. But it’s important to know: DOORS LOCK AT THE START OF CLASS AND UNLOCK AT THE END. This means exactly as it sounds (mom voice and all)- If you’re in, you’re in. If you’re out, you’re out. No back and forth.
Amongst the yoga space. Here, you’re essentially sitting on the sidelines. You can see us and wee can see you. So there are some rules: no phone calls, no chit chat, basically nothing disruptive- just watching.
The Watch room. This was an office I converted to a small wait space. It has a double sided mirror. So you can watch without being seen. This is a good place if you can’t drop off and don’t want to be seen and/or if you have a little human with you.
Sorta. If you don’t have a yoga mat, you can borrow one for FREE-99. You just have to spray clean it, roll it up, and put it away after use.
Nope. My specialty (and heart) is in yoga for neurodivergent and disabled people. But I teach everyone.
Maybe you have limitations because you’re new to yoga, new to physical activity or have limitations due to injury, pain, pregnancy, or size.
Not only am I specialized in yoga for neurodivergent and disabled people, I’m specialized in adaptive yoga. I’ve been trained in adaptive prenatal and postpartum yoga, adaptive yoga for larger bodies, adaptive yoga for back pain, etc.
Adaptive yoga is so great because it’s the epitome of being for EVERY body.
YUP! For all ages and abilities too! I make enrichment programs for larger groups like: schools, scouts, assisted living, senior independent living, etc and come to their location.
I also make enrichment programs for small groups who want to come to the studio.
My availability is limited. So check out the ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS page to guide you through the process.
So I haven’t entirely rolled out an ambassador program. I’m still putting it together.
However, part of it is sharing your 5 star experiences on TheraPLAYoga Google business, on Facebook, and perhaps even doing an interview to be published on my website portfolio!
In your review, share a bit about yourself- why you sought out TheraPLAYoga (or me, Gloria) and how you were helped. All of which is meant to uplift my work and share with others, who may relate to you and your story. This is a great way to refer TheraPLAYoga/me to the general public.
Your experiences matter!
Add your ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reviews on Google
Add your ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reviews on Facebook
You can also be an ambassador by being a SUPPORTER or CHAMPION for accessible pricing.
Stay tuned for more on ambassador details- opportunities and perks.
First, THANKS SO MUCH! I appreciate ambassadors like you.
The easiest thing to do is send an email the person or office. Include a link to my website and why they should contact me.
You can share my homepage or a page you think is most relevant. You can do this using the share buttons at the bottom of each page or copy/paste the link from url bar at the top of the webpage.
If you want to share in a more general manner, you can share what you like about TheraPLAYoga on your social media. You can tag @TheraPLAYoga, so I see it.
Well… I can’t entirely. But I do my best with keeping the space and the “touchables” clean and sanitized.
Masks are optional. You may see me in one.
I will be as flexible (no pun intended) as I can with class rainchecks.
If you or someone in your household has had symptoms of any cootie, please do not come to class. If you or someone in your household has been exposed to any cootie, please consider not coming to class.
Coming to class with ill (whether you feel it or not) exposes me and my son to illness. If we get sick, I have to close the studio altogether.
Amongst the things to expect, I ask all students to use the bathroom before class. For kids this is mostly so they don’t need to race with putting on shoes and going in the middle of class. But for everyone, this is my way of asking you to either wash your hands or sanitize your hands before we settle in (and partly why I ask you to commit to arriving 10-15 minutes early).
Whether you’re a student or an observing caregiver, ONLY WATER in a closed container is allowed.
There are special classes and events that may include food and drink. This info will be found in the class descriptions.
There are lots of great places for food and drink nearby for you to visit, if you’re dependent is eligible for drop off.
Maybe… If the class/event description offers a waitlist, then I’ll ensure there’s a link available for you to do that.
The BEST way to ensure you’re the first to know about classes/events is to join the email list and save TheraPLAYoga as a contact and VIP in your inbox.
However, even if there isn’t a waitlist and you missed out on registering, shoot me an email and let me know. This gives me an idea of the interest level, which will guide my decision to extend or duplicate the class/event.
Hot yoga is good for some. Not good for others. Hot and cold temperatures are triggers for many health conditions. Me and my son are examples of people whose bodies don’t tolerate heat or cold well.
So the studio will be set to around room temperature. Please dress how YOU feel comfortable.
Of course I have to consider the outside temperature and the fact that the studio has front and back doors.
All ages! I’m certified to teach all ages and diverse abilities. Check out the class and events options and descriptions to find one that suits you.
A water bottle and curiosity.
I have props. But! If you have your own mat, bring it.
Specific classes may have descriptions that include options to bring other things. So look into the class descriptions too.
Something comfy. The room is typical room temperature. So you decide if that’s pants or shorts, etc.
I ask that shoes be removed. So if you like socks (I do, too), get grippy socks or “yoga” socks.
Therapeutic and playful. 🥳
I know. Probably not what you were asking.
I’m trained in Vinyasa and Hatha. All trainings have been hybrid mixes with elements of Kundalini. All of my trainings have also emphasized physical accessibility.
So I’ve made my own yoga recipe, if you will:
- one part Vinyasa and Hatha
- a splash of Kundalini
- a heaping cup of adaptations
- an entire bag of personal experience
- a bottom-less bottle of playing around
- generous sprinkles of therapeutic intentions
You have options and I’ll share my perspective of pros and cons:
- Free street parking on Michigan Ave
- In front of the studio… but…
- Michigan Ave is kinda bananas and is a bit hectic unloading littles or dependents who may have sensory issues.
- No accessible parking on Michigan Ave
- City parking in LOT 8
- which is behind the studio. Note: the studio has a back door too. Drive to Lot 8 by turning north on Fairview (you’ll see the sign) or north on Clemens (no giant sign but turn into the lot after the giant dumpster).
- Accessible parking available
- Free parking Saturday and Sunday and AFTER 6pm Monday-Friday
- Parking Rates Monday-Friday 6am-6pm $1.50/hour