We are so grateful that you are here! Please take a moment to look over these tips and recommendations for attending your first few classes at Urban Vybe.
If you have any health issues or concerns, it is always best to check with your physician before starting any new activities. There are some health issues that may be adversely affected by exercising, or through the practice of specific yoga postures and/or breathing exercises. Other than obtaining your doctor’s approval, all we ask is that you come with an open heart and mind, that you have a deep desire for transformation, and that you always listen to your body – your inner teacher.
We recommend that you reserve your space ahead of time on our Class Schedule Page or on our Free Urban Vybe phone App. You can make your reservation up to 7 days before the class starts. This guarantees that you will not be turned away if the class is full. We strictly limit the number of students to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience. This also helps to eliminate class disruptions by trying to cram too many students into an overly crowded class, or not having enough equipment for everyone. If class reservations are filled, we can put you on our waiting list, and if someone cancels you will be notified and added to the class. In case of cancellation, please notify us at least 3 hours before the class is scheduled to allow us the opportunity to contact our wait-listed members, and so your class-pack won’t be charged for a no-show.
Be respectful of the teacher and other students by arriving early. This is the one time during the day when you can let go of the demands of everyday life and focus on your own self-care. Don’t shortchange yourself by rushing in and/or showing up late. Give yourself plenty of time to check-in, put your items in the cubbies, set up your mat/bike, make sure you have water and a towel, gather any props/equipment you need for the class, etc. The same rule applies to leaving class early. Unless if you have an emergency, stay until the end of class so as not to disrupt others. In our yoga classes, savasana or relaxation at the end is the most important and beneficial part of the practice. If you are not staying for the entire savasana, we ask that you quietly leave before savasana so as not to disturb your fellow classmates.
Wear clothing that is comfortable, easy to move in, not too loose, yet not too confining. Test your clothes at home in the mirror to make sure they are functional and not just fashionable. When you bend over, does your loose top come over your head? Those low-rise yoga pants or low-cut top may be adorable in the store, but notice what happens when you bend forward or come into an inversion. If you are participating in suspension training (Sky Aerial Yoga or Bodhi Suspension Training), wear clothing that hugs the body to prevent it from getting caught in the apparatus, and make sure your legs and armpits are covered to prevent chaffing. In all our yoga classes, we kindly ask that you remove your shoes and store them in the available cubbies. Yoga is practiced with bare feet. Storing shoes in the cubbies not only keeps the studios neat, it keeps the area free of obstacles.
Be aware of strong perfumes and body odor. Many people are sensitive to odors or may be allergic to certain scents, which can negatively impact their experience.
Take some time before class to approach the teacher and let him/her know about your condition. They will often have great recommendations and modifications to help you get the most out of your experience without further injury. Our highly trained teachers use hands-on assists designed to guide you deeper into a pose or help with your form and alignment. If you have an injury, limitations, or just don’t like being touched, please tell your teacher before class. We also recommend scheduling private one-to-one sessions with one of our experienced teachers. They can help design a specific protocol for you to follow that can help speed your healing process.
It simply is not possible to concentrate on what you are doing when you have texts, tweets, and Facebook comments popping up on your cell phone screen. Cell phones can be distractions not only for you and your experience, but also for those around you. We adhere to a strict “No Cell Phone” policy in all of our classes. If you want your spouse or children to be able to reach you in case of emergency, give them the studio phone number (972) 691-8923, and we will notify you immediately if you get a call.
Drink plenty of water approximately 1-2 hrs before class. When your cells are hydrated, your bodily systems work at optimal levels. During or after attending any intense and/or heated class, you may feel tired, light-headed, or may experience headaches due to dehydration. We also recommend that you take an electrolyte supplement such as Nuun or Emergen-C, and/or drink our high alkaline Crazy Water from Mineral Wells, Texas, before or after class to replenish the vital minerals/electrolytes that you need.
Most people will find that eating approximately 1.5 to 2 hours before a workout is best. Others may find that they need a little something like a small piece of fruit, yogurt, or half of an energy bar about an hour before class. If your stomach is empty, you will tap into your energy reserves faster, and will feel lighter and more energetic. If you have just eaten a big meal, attending a class may not be the best decision as you will often feel sluggish, and/or experience abdominal discomfort, and/or acid reflux during inversions. Listen to your body to find what works best for you.
After taking your first class, you will have awakened and stimulated all of your bodily systems: respiratory, cardio-vascular, circulatory, digestive, and nervous. You will feel like a new person, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as every cell in your body has received an increased amount of nourishing and healing energy. Therefore, we recommend that you attend class every day, or as much as possible, and vary your training modalities, to begin to experience the cumulative effects of your hard work.
During our more challenging classes, you may begin to feel overheated, find it difficult to catch your breath, and feel physically and/or mentally fatigued. In such cases it is important to honor your body, be patient with your body, and listen to your body, by taking breaks when needed. Sit down and rest, breathe deeply, and drink plenty of water to allow your body to recover from the activity. If you feel that you need help because you are having difficulty breathing; can’t catch your breath; feel sick, extremely exhausted, or overheated; alert the teacher immediately. All of our teachers are CPR certified and trained to recognize any medical conditions or concerns. As your body begins to adapt to the practice, usually within 3 to 6 class sessions, you will see a tremendous transformation mentally and physically, and will need fewer periods of rest.
Everyone comes to class with different abilities, issues, and goals. Each person progresses at his or her own pace depending on those abilities, and their own desires. In some cases being competitive is good; in others it can be destructive. Try not to compete, compare, or judge yourself or others. Rather, focus on yourself. Closing your eyes often works wonders and can enhance your own experience.
A simple selfless act of kindness can change a person’s life forever. Welcome new students to class, smile at others and give them words of encouragement. Other ways to be helpful and kind are:
Pick up your props and equipment and neatly put them away after class
Place your belongings in a cubby to allow for more space in the studios and to prevent others from tripping over your items
Always be willing to help others
Let’s be the light of love and compassion.
If you have any questions or concerns, read our FAQ. We are here to help make your experience enjoyable, safe, and beneficial.