In Class Policies
Note: All classes are currently taking place online. If/when that changes, this page will be updated to include in-person specific policy.
(This one is so important that it has its own section)
The space provided here for our practice and the people who are its stewards (myself and other wonderful people in my life) are dedicated to upholding Ahimsa above all other policies. अहिंसा or ahiṃsā is the principle of non-injury or non-violence towards all beings, including ourselves, other people, plants, animals and the planet. This is meant to be one of the foundational steps for yoga practice and will be enforced in all classes and communication with members of this community.
Simply put: be kind and respectful to others above all else. If you accidentally offend someone, be humble and apologize. Don’t be intentionally negative or hostile to others. Make an honest attempt to consider the feelings and experiences of others when choosing your words. This is meant to be a forgiving, loving space that is free from harassment for people of all lifestyles, cultures and statuses.
Consciously upholding the fair treatment of all beings is our duty as yoga practitioners. I thank you in advance for honoring this agreement and actually contributing to making this world an easier place to live for all of us.
I am committed to serving you, my student, faithfully while staying in my professional scope of practice and respecting both of our limitations, boundaries and unique qualities.
I am not a doctor or any other kind of medical professional. I cannot diagnose, prescribe, “fix” or heal you.
My qualifications only allow me to instruct postural Hatha Yoga, breathing exercises in the form of Yoga Pranayamas, meditation techniques and tools for self study.
Other services I offer are based solely on research I’ve done, or on my personal, anecdotal experience. I make no claims towards the efficacy, benefits or authenticity of any system outside of proven traditional yogic practices.
Yoga Claims and Benefits
I feel that yoga is a complementary wellness modality to regular medical care, including physicals and other preventative care with a physician, working with a therapist or counselor and exercise and bodywork with qualified fitness professionals, physical therapists and massage therapists. Yoga is not a replacement for any of these services and has a much higher chance for producing positive results when supported by these practices.
I do not believe that yoga practice will fix your problems, body or mind, mostly because I don’t believe any of those things are broken.
Yoga, above all else, is a system of re-framing your relationship to the world around you. It is about learning to be at peace in life (and within yourself) by accepting that all states of existence are valid and sometimes a necessary means for growth. The goal of practice less about “becoming better” and more about recognizing that we are deeply connected to our universe and every other being within it. This state of unity helps us recognize the value of selfless service to others and the freedom of being less attached to outcomes and expectations of how things ‘should be’.
When we focus on gratitude for our experience we often find that life feels easier and more enjoyable, even if our circumstances have not changed. This is not yoga fixing or healing you: this is self acceptance and unconditional love that you’ve always possessed, but forgot how to access.
I promise to never promote unproven benefits of yoga, meditation or any other discipline or area of study that I may discuss.
The yoga I teach is slow and gentle, but not entirely without risk.
Movement, physical activity, exercise and similar disciplines that “yoga” may fall under are potentially dangerous activities that carry and inherent risk of injury. It is advised to have the guidance of a qualified medical professional before beginning any exercise, movement or yoga program.
A Waiver of Liability must be filled out and returned before attending class for the first time. Find out more here.
By participating in yoga lessons on this website, in the form of group classes, private lessons or by prerecorded video, you agree to all of the following:
- I will try my best to be compassionate with myself.
- I won’t push myself into space that is not currently accessible to my body.
- I will stop doing any motion that is causing me discomfort. I will change the way I’m (sitting/standing/moving), ask for help or take a break from activity and rest.
- I’ll try not to compare myself to others, or versions of myself from any time but now. I will do my best not to put myself or my body down for not meeting my idea of what I or it “should” be.
- I will be open to examining my (potentially) unrealistic expectations of myself. I’m willing to explore ways to develop a practice of loving myself unconditionally, exactly the way I am now.
- I will intentionally give kindness to others as an act of self love. I recognize that my experience is a mirror and can only reflect the energy that I put into it.
Private Lesson Cancellation Policy
Life tends to surprise us with unexpected changes. I aim to take a compassionate stance with my private lessons and offer a flexible cancellation plan for all students that allows a full refund of your appointment fee when you cancel at least 24 hours before our lesson.
Classes that are cancelled at least 12 hours before our lesson are eligible for a 50% cash refund or issued a full class credit for another date of your choice. Any appointment cancelled less than 6 hours before class is *only* eligible for a partial class credit.
Exceptions to this policy are made on a case-by-case basis, solely at my discretion.
If you have purchased a group class but are unable to attend for what ever reason, please Contact Me.
24+ hours before class
full cash refund
12+ hours before class
50% cash refund
full class credit for a later date
6 hours or less before class
50% class credit for a later date only