If you’re new to yoga or just new to our studio, you probably have some questions – and perhaps some trepidation. Here’s some useful information.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you still have questions or concerns.
Which class is right for me?
Inner Space offers more than 20 different class types. You can find descriptions by clicking on class names in our schedule. All classes are classified as gentle or active. If you’re new to yoga, haven’t practiced in a while, or have an injury, gentle classes like Hatha Flow, Healing Yoga, Sun and Moon Yoga, and Yin Yoga are good bets.
Please be mindful of class level. Classes designated All Levels are suitable for beginners. Level 1 and Level 1/2 classes require some familiarity with yoga poses and a degree of fitness. Level 2/3 classes are designed to challenge even longtime yogis.
For those more interested in meditation than movement, we offer Soul Food, Sacred Lunch, Yoga Nidra, Inner Peace Meditation, and more.
Come have a chat if you’re still not sure. We’ll be glad to point you in the right direction.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows for bending, twisting, voguing, and breakdancing. Baggy clothing should be avoided because it makes it harder for your teacher to see your alignment. (These guidelines do not apply to our lunchtime meditation classes. Come as you are – business suit, skinny jeans, whatever.)
Yoga is practiced barefoot. There are shoe cubbies in our foyer. Feel free to bring socks into the studio to keep your tootsies warm during Savasana (final relaxation).
Please don’t wear perfume or other strongly scented products.
What should I bring?
A yoga mat is essential. If you don’t have one, we’ll be happy to lend you one at no charge. (Please return the favor by wiping the mat down before returning it to storage.) We also have a small selection of mats for purchase.
Also good to have: a bottle of water, a towel for wiping away sweat, and a spirit of inquiry.
Should I fuel up before class?
Eating before exercise may be well and good, but it’s a recipe for discomfort when it comes to yoga. Come on a relatively empty stomach, at least an hour after your last meal.
We invite you to enjoy a snack or lunch in our private patio after class. Or treat yourself to an ice cream cone from our neighbor, Scoops OC. Non-dairy flavors available!
Where can I park?
There are 13 parking spaces behind our building. If the lot is full, look for street parking along Santa Ana Blvd. or Minter Street. Please be aware that Tuesday is street sweeping day.
Everyone is talking in whispers. What’s that about?
If you’re never been to a yoga studio, this place may strike you as strange. People bow and say “nama-something,” breathe crazy loud, and talk super quiet. Don’t worry, it will all add up eventually. In the meantime, here’s the quick and dirty on studio etiquette.
It’s good form to arrive early (10-15 minutes), especially if you’re new to the studio. We won’t lock you out – or shoot you dirty looks – if you’re running late, but you won’t get the full benefit of class if you miss the opening minutes. (It’s like missing the opening of a good movie. Ugh.) Arriving early also gives you a chance to mingle with other students and talk to your teacher about any concerns you may have. If you are late, make like a thief and slip in as silently as possible.
Use your “inside voice” in our foyer because a class may be underway. We couldn’t spring for the soundproof wall.
Be sure to check in with the person at the front desk, even if you registered online for your class. We want to be able to greet you and to credit your teacher for your attendance.
Turn off your phone and any other device that rings, dings, buzzes, chirps, tweets, whistles, or vibrates. If you need to use your phone before or after class, please take it to the sidewalk.
Talk to your teacher about any injuries or medical conditions (hypertension, glaucoma, etc.). It’s also important to let your teacher know if you’re pregnant (even if your mother-in-law doesn’t know yet).
Don’t bail during Savasana, aka final relaxation or corpse pose. It may not seem like much, but it’s an important part of your practice. If you have to leave early, pull a solo Savasana and slip out before the group Savasana so your classmates can enjoy the pose without disturbance.
Return props (blocks, blankets, etc.) to their proper spots.