Lewis Center

A therapeutic center for psychotherapy services, psychological 
testing, and restorative movement based on yoga and T'ai Chi.

Compassion Yoga

“Gentle movements and breathwork to befriend the body, renew the spirit, and calm the mind.”


CLASS ETIQUETTE

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and plan to practice in bare feet.
  • Please plan to be 5-10 minutes early to class so that quiet centering is not disrupted as class begins.
  • Allow this to be your time away from the world. Turn off cell phones and beepers before entering class.
  • Remove shoes and place your coat, shoes, and personal belongings on the coat rack and shoe shelves. We practice in our bare feet.
  • Although our classes are informal, please limit unrelated conversations within the yoga studio as class begins. Yoga provides a time for each of us to go inward and to practice moving meditation.
  • Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. Limit food intake prior to class.
  • Let go of the competitive mind-set. Yoga is noncompetitive. It is a holistic health practice, intended to calm the mind, stretch the body, open the heart, and stimulate our spirit. Please focus on your own practice without criticism or expectation.
  • Refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or strong essential oils.
  • Listen to your body and don’t push beyond your comfort level, and if you feel discomfort stop and let the teacher know. Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are. It is okay to come out of a pose before the teacher tells you to. The body will respond beautifully when you show it kindness, acceptance, and love.
  • Bring your own mat if you like. (We do provide mats and blankets.)
  • Try to stagger your mats so that you can open your arms without bumping your neighbor.
  • If you have health issues (illness, injury or medical condition) please notify your instructor before class. Not every pose is appropriate for everyone.
  • Ask questions about anything that is not clear to you. You may ask during class when appropriate, before, or after class.
  • Plan to stay for the entire class so that final relaxation (savasana) is not interrupted for others. It is the most important part.
  • Finally, we finish our practice traditionally by saying "Namaste,” which simply means, “I honor you,” or “Shanti,” meaning “Peace.”