How to Prepare for Class

Allow for digestion. Most people find it uncomfortable if they eat 2-3 hours before class.  A light snack is usually ok, but it depends on your sensitivity.

Dress comfy.  Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy movement.  Yoga couture not required!

Bring your mat.  We recommend that regular students own their own mat, but we do not have space for mat storage at our studio.  We also provide community mats at no charge.

Come clean and unscented. With all the deep breathing, your neighbors will appreciate if you skip the perfume and essential oils.

Come early.  Aim to arrive 10-15 minutes before class begins, and you'll have plenty of time to find parking, set up your space, use the bathroom, and get settled.  Arriving late is a stressful way to start a yoga class!

Turn off your phone.  Even phones on "silent" often still make a loud buzzing sound when they ring. Unless you absolutely must be available in case of emergency, please turn your phone off or leave it in the car.

Talk to the teacher.  If you have any physical conditions that requires modification of postures, tell your teacher, e.g. unregulated high blood pressure, recent surgery, herniated discs, osteoporosis, epilepsy, pregnancy.   If you prefer not to be adjusted by the teacher, let that be known as well.

After Class

Blanket origami.  Return your props neatly.  Try to refold your blanket to match the pile.

Take your time.  After a deep practice, it can be jarring - and potentially hazardous - to jump right in your car and drive away.  Make sure your feet are touching the floor when you walk out the door!

Hydrate.  Drinking water helps your body flush out toxins released by all the stretching and twisting. 

Late Entry Policy

We understand that life happens, but please make your very best effort to arrive at least 5 minutes before class begins.  Our space is small, and late entry is disruptive for students who are already settled.  Most teachers allow a 5 minute grace period, as long as they are still talking and have not begun movement.  Once centering or warm-ups begin, the door is locked!

Obviously, you can join a Zoom classes as late as you wish without disturbing anyone.

Snow/Cataclysm Policy

If it's snowing like crazy and the roads are terrible around class time, or there's a tornado warning, we may cancel or shift to Zoom-only. We will post cancellation notice on the home page of this site and our Facebook page.  If you have any doubts, check before getting in your car!

Class Cancellation

Our reservation system exists to encourage attendence and commitment, not to penalize you for unforseen life events.  If you realize you cannot attend a class you have reserved, it is helpful to us if you can cancel ahead of time. You can do it online through your MindBody account or text us at 847-849-1810.

If you make a class reservation but end up not being able to attend, we will refund your class credit unless the class is full with a waitlist, and thus someone is turned away because of your reservation.  In most cases, however, we will be able to give your space to someone on standby and you won't be charged.

Zoom Classes  We will try to cancel your reservation if you don't show up for the Zoom call, but this may not happen perfectly every time. If you miss a class and want a recording, let us know. Not all classes are recorded, but we'll send one if it's available.

Event Cancellation Policies

For cancellations at least two weeks prior the start of the event, you may request a refund minus credit card fees.  For cancellations less than two weeks prior to the start of the event, you may request Grateful Yoga credit for your total payment amount.  For cancellations 24 hours or less before the event, no refunds or credits will be given.