I’m a first-time student of yoga. What class should I take? What do I need to bring or do?
Congratulations on your decision: we’ll do our best to show why we love yoga as much as we do! First, if this is the first time you’re trying out yoga, check out Pavonine’s schedule: you’ll want to start out in a Beginners (Level 1) class or maybe a Yin or Restorative class. Second, sign up for a class online (you’ve already found our website!) or plan to get some help signing up when you arrive. You can either pay for just one class (single drop-in), or you can sign up for the New Student Special (one month of unlimited classes for just $35). Third, be sure to wear comfortable workout clothes: try to avoid stiff nylon shorts that prevent stretching; also, most people don’t wear socks when they practice. Fourth, especially if you’re doing hot yoga, BE SURE to hydrate the night before. If you have your own mat, bring it. If not, we have a bunch. Be sure to bring water and a towel as well. Fifth: come on in! Remember that yoga is a non-judgmental activity: whatever your skill level, you’re just right.
How do I sign up for a class?
Pavonine Yoga uses MINDBODY software, so you’ll need to create an account online to register and pay for classes. You can also download the Mind Body app to your phone, which will allow you to view our schedule and sign up with one click. We encourage all of our students to sign up for classes in advance because it makes the entire check in process much easier for our instructors, especially at busy class times. If you need help creating an account, just come early and ask us! We are happy to help.
What time should I arrive?
We strongly encourage all students to arrive at least ten minutes prior to the start of their classes to park down the street in the municipal area, check in to class, find a space in the studio, and take a few moments of quiet stillness before class begins. If you plan to take a weekend class, please come fifteen minutes early. Out of respect for other students, please do not arrive late.
What should I bring to class?
Students are encouraged to bring their own mats and towels. We also provide blocks, blankets, straps, and mats if you don’t have your own. We ask that students not bring cell phones to class. If having your phone by your side is imperative for some reason, please triple check that it is on silent.
I hear you’ve got a hot studio. What’s that about?
Pavonine Yoga has two studios: one heated and one unheated. The heated studio is powered by 10 infrared heat panels that can allow the room to reach temperatures as high as 100 degrees. (Talk about a perfect reprieve from the Hudson Valley winter!) Hot yoga started as a way to make the practice more challenging, and it continues to be offered in many forms all over the world. Plain and simple, it feels good! Lots of people just really like to sweat, and hot yoga can be a healthy form of exercise and meditation for many. Practicing in a heated room also warms the body quickly, which may lead to increased flexibility during class, allowing the student to get into deeper expressions of the poses. If you have personal concerns about hot yoga, consult your physician to be sure that hot yoga is safe for you. And, above all, listen to your body! If you feel faint, dizzy, lightheaded, or unusually fatigued, you should exit the studio immediately, drink some water, and cool off in our reception area.
Should I take a heated or an unheated class?
It depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re interested in a more intense workout and don’t mind (or enjoy!) sweating, a heated class is the way to go. If you’re not into sweating (or if you’re pregnant, a child, a senior, or have heart or respiratory problems), unheated yoga is your friend. Both provide an hour of meditative movement which helps to calm the mind and lengthen and strengthen the muscles.
The classes that I see don’t fit my schedule. What should I do?
Pavonine is dedicated to making our schedule as commensurate as possible with our clients’ interests and availability. If you consistently find that our offerings don’t fit with your schedule, PLEASE TELL US! We’re always interested in how we can serve our clients better. Feel free to suggest what sort of class you would like to see, and when. You can even fill out a feedback form here.
I have a pre-existing medical condition. Is yoga ok for me?
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, talk to your doctor before trying yoga. Our teachers are not licensed medical professionals: while they are certified to teach yoga, you alone are responsible for determining whether practicing any form of physical activity is appropriate for you.
Where can I park?
Highland Falls provides free municipal parking at the end of Pavonine’s block (north, toward West Point). Please do not park in the spaces directly in front of Pavonine Yoga. These are reserved for shoppers making quick in-and-out trips to the stores on Main St.
Are there changing and shower facilities?
Yes. Guests can change in our bathroom. We also have a shower for those who need a quick rinse before continuing on with their day. Be sure to bring your towel!