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Kit’s classes are multi-level. In these classes you will find people who are fit and athletic and people who are working with more physical limitations. The important thing is to start where you are, and give yourself the time and attention to develop.

If you have physical challenges, please let Kit know ahead of class. If you have therapeutic concerns or are nervous about coming to a public class, consider a series of private lessons to get started.

What should I wear?

Please don’t worry about what you look like. Maple Hall and i.e. Gallery have no mirrors. Wear comfortable clothes that you would wear to an exercise class. Yoga is usually practiced barefoot. Please don’t wear strong scents, lotions, etc.

What do I need?

You’ll need a yoga mat, available at the Co-op, discount stores, or online. A small, firm blanket can be helpful if you have one.

How early should I arrive?

It’s helpful to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the class starting time. Tell your teacher if you have any physical challenges or injuries you want her to know about. Let her know if this is your first class, or your first class in a long while. Roll out your mat and relax.

What happens when the class does something I can’t do?

Everyone has limitations, and there are many ways to do each pose. Feel free to ask your teacher to offer a variation, and the whole class can learn something. If you feel ready to come out of a position before the people around you, the healthiest thing to do is to come out of the position.

Should I eat before class?

Some people need to come to class with a fairly empty stomach to be comfortable. Some of us would pass out with an empty stomach, and we need a good snack before class. If you’re one of those who need a snack, make it something that will stick with you, and avoid energy fixes like power bars and simple sugars. Those quick fixes lead to a blood sugar crash part way through class. (I’ve been there! -Kit)

What is the word people say at the end of class?

At the end of class, we close with the word “Namaste”. “Namaste” simply translates as “I see”. It can also mean “the divine in me sees and recognizes the divine in you”. It is a traditional greeting used in India even today. It is a way to remind us of our deep connection to one another.

Congratulations for showing up and getting started!