Registering for a class
The studio classes are organized into sessions, usually running between 6 and 8 weeks. We are committed to small classes and providing individual attention, and the combination of these elements creates a strong sense of community, continuity and integrity in our work. For this reason, we tend to discourage random walk-ins. That being said, we also know that finding the "right fit" between teacher and student is central to success on the path, and discovering that fit may take some trial and error. If you are not sure where you belong, please feel free to contact us and together we will discover where a good fit might be, either with us or with one of our many colleagues in the community.
If you are ready to register for a class with us, the procedure is straightforward:
1) Identify the class in which you are interested in enrolling on the current class schedule page
2) Email, call or text with your registration request. Contact info for each teacher is available on the class info page, and Lesley's email is always posted at the top of the site.
3) If space is available, you can choose to either receive a PayPal invoice, pay via Google Wallet, or mail a check to complete your registration. Your registration is not completed until payment is received. We are happy to make special financial arrangements with you, as needed, and some partial scholarships are available.
4) You will receive a confirmation email with your class information prior to your first class.
Full refunds will only be granted to enrollments cancelled 7 days or more prior to the start of the session. Cancellations made during the 7 days before the session starts will generate a refund minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations made once the session started will not generate a refund. Payments are non-transferrable between sessions, and between students.
Make-up classes may be available at the discretion of your teacher, and according to space and availability. They cannot be guaranteed, and so we encourage everyone to organize their schedules mindfully.
At the studio, some things to know:
1) Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to give yourself time to settle in.
2) Most students bring a notebook, as almost all classes include a discussion of the Dharma and "assignments" to help students continue their practices during the week.
3) Please either silence your cell phone or leave it in the car.
4) The studio door is locked at the start of class, so if you are running late, make sure you call/text your teacher and give her a heads up, otherwise you will be locked out. Your teacher will hang a "class in session" sign on the door when she has locked it, and from that point on, the class is not to be disturbed.
5) Please do not wear any perfume, perfumed body lotions or other strong scents into the studio, particularly synthetic scents. Pure essential oils may be allowed in moderation (and are sometimes gently diffused at the studio), but we do strongly encourage everyone to be sensitive to the potential for allergies in your classmates and teachers.
6) Please use good judgment in your attire and dress comfortably and modestly, in clothes that do not restrict your breathing or range of motion.
7) Try to avoid eating prior to your class. If you do need to eat something, we recommend something that digests quickly and easily, like some fruit or a little yogurt. Trust us--practice on a full stomach is no fun.
8) The studio has mats and other props and supplies available for use, but certainly bring your own as you like.
9) Finally, some common sense instruction: please make sure to communicate any health concerns to your teacher prior to your first class, and take responsibility for communicating any additional problems that arise. Remember that your teacher is not a mind reader, and that you are in control of your experience and how you participate at all times.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about any of these policies or procedures, please don't hesitate to contact us.