Frequently Asked Questions

What precautions is Lift Yoga taking in order to reopen, following Covid-19?

Below are the steps we’re taking for in-studio classes beginning June 1. Please arrive a minimum of 5 minutes prior to the start of class to allow ample time to observe these new requirements.

  • Classes will be limited and spots will be marked on the floor for mats to comply with social distancing requirements.
  • Weather allowing, the main entrance door will be propped open and instructors will be checking students in on their phones to allow for a contactless entry to the studio.
  • No props or mats will be provided by the studio – all students must bring their own equipment.
  • Masks will be required to enter the studio. Masks may be removed during practice, but then must be worn again after class until you leave the studio. Instructors will be asked to do the same.
  • We will manage traffic through the reception area to reduce congestion and allow for social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided in the restrooms and reception area.
  • We ask that you come as ready as possible for class. If you must use the restrooms, antibacterial wipes will be provided to wipe down surfaces.
  • No in-studio class package purchases will be allowed. Everyone must pre-register and pre-pay for class. No walk-ins will be allowed.
  • Water fountains and water coolers will not be provided for the time being. Please bring a filled water bottle with you to class. If you would like to purchase a drink, exact change will be required and a bowl will be provided for payment. Deer Park water is $1, Fiji is $2, and Bela Drinks are $3.
  • Mat spray and towels will no longer be provided. Kindly wash your mat once you get home, or utilize the new UV mat cleaner has been installed in the reception area for your use instead.

And the most important step is the responsibility of every student:
Anyone with a cough, sniffles, or fever is asked to not attend in-studio classes. Temperatures will be taken at the door and anyone with an elevated temperature will not be allowed into the studio.


I am a beginner — can I come to any class?

Many of our classes are appropriate for all levels. Please check class descriptions. Please let the teacher know that you are new. As with all levels, we encourage you as a beginner to pace yourself and to listen to, and trust, your body. If it feels bad, stop. In time you’ll build strength, focus, stamina and flexibility.

How do I sign up for a class?

You can sign up for class by going to our schedule and clicking on the class you choose to attend. This will direct you to our software, MINDBODY, where you will create an account to use each time you reserve your space for class. If you already have an account, we recommend the MINDBODY app which is available as a free download for smartphones below.

Do I have to reserve a spot in class or can I just drop in?

We recommend making a reservation through MINDBODY. You can do this on the schedule page or the MINDBODY app. However, drop-ins are always welcome! Out of respect and etiquette, we lock the doors promptly as class begins so they may enjoy their session. Leave any drama from home, school or work and don’t bring it onto the mat with you. This is your stress-free zone!

What do I need to do before my first class?

Nothing! We recommend that you sign up for your first class online to let us know you are coming. Arrive early (10 minutes is fine) and sign in, store your personal belongings, and roll your mat out in the studio.

What if I'm not flexible or focused?

Then you are in the right place! Yoga is not about putting your foot behind your head or holding a position the longest… in fact, we encourage you to leave competition and ego behind, picture and learn to listen to your body. You do not need to be flexible, strong, have good balance, or be coordinated to start doing ​yoga. Yoga welcomes you exactly the way you are. The best way to become more flexible and focused is to start your yoga practice today!

Should I eat before class?

​The general rule is that it is best to avoid heavy meals for at least two hours before class. Some people prefer a completely empty stomach, and others prefer a light snack, such as fruit or a granola bar, an hour before practice.

How challenging will the class be?

That is up to you. You always control the intensity of your practice and we encourage you to work at your own pace in every class. You’ll find that some days your practice will seem easy and some days it will kick your butt! Just go with the flow and step to your edge but not past it!

How often should I practice?

As often as you can…. Consistency is the key to experiencing the full benefits of your practice… and to making new friends!

Whether you practice at home or in the studio, a daily practice, ​even a 20 minute daily practice, is a good goal. But start small, come to class 2-4 times a week.

I have an injury. What should I do?

If you have injuries or physical limitations please let the teacher know before the start of class.

Can yoga or barre help me lose weight?

YES! Our Vinyasa Classes, Ashtanga and Barre classes offer the combination of strength and cardiovascular exercise, and helps to raise the core body temperature to a level that helps regulate metabolism and appetite. Additionally, studies have shown that yoga’s stress-busting benefits help you stay committed to good nutrition and fitness habits.

I arrived a few minutes late to class and the door was locked. Why is that?

It’s our priority to honor and respect our student’s time. It’s often a challenge to devote an hour (or more) to ourselves during the day. Therefore, we promptly begin and end class on time, and we lock the door in between classes for the safety and security of our students who are taking class. Please show up to class on time (at least 5 – 10 minutes early is ideal) so you can be sure to squeeze in your yoga practice!

Do you offer one-on-one classes?

Yes. We offer private sessions and one-on-one mentoring for those interested in deepening their practice or working on a specific issue (e.g., general well being, energy healing, recovering from injuries, proper alignment principles, energy-enhancing breath work). Click here to learn more!

Can I bring my cell phone to class?

We ask that you turn your phone completely off. Even the vibration of your phone can be heard during the quiet moments of a class. Please be respectful so that your phone will not interfere with your community as they practice.

What does "namaste" mean?

At the end of each class, our teachers offer the ancient Sanskrit word “namaste” as a symbol of gratitude, respect and connection. Students answer with “namaste” in the same spirit. This exchange allows us all to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness. A short translation is: “The Light in me sees the Light in you.”

Do you have questions that weren't answered here? Please feel free to contact us!

yoga ETIQUETTE

Welcome to the Lift community! to help preserve this sanctuary, here are a few tips:

Embrace the Quiet
  • Please speak SOFTLY inside the yoga room. If you are waiting for a class, please be respectful and keep the noise down.
Be on Time
  • Our teachers start and end on time, so arrive 10 minutes early to get set up.
  • IF you need to leave early, please let the teacher know and leave BEFORE final relaxation.
people doing yoga
Lift Yoga Studio Instructor
Unplug
  • Please silence your phone and Apple watches.
Keep It Clean
  • Return props and blankets neatly.
  • Wipe up any of your sweat that may have pooled on the floor.
  • Avoid strong fragrances and be mindful of personal hygiene.
 Breathe Deep!

Accidents happen. Phones go off. People may not have showered. We all mess up. Forgive each other. Give your fellow classmates a break. Be kind and gentle spirits. Support the good vibe tribe!