Frequently Asked Questions
The Yoga and How We Teach It
Sun & Moon is a classic school of hatha yoga promoting health, well-being, and community. We arrange our schedule around four quarters per year, with weekly classes structured to provide a well-rounded curriculum over an entire quarter. Depending on the season, the length of the quarter varies. We welcome beginners and new students at any time, and your first class is free.
We teach most of our classes in the hatha yoga style at Levels 1, 2, or 3, with careful alignment instruction and a focus on breath awareness. Our teaching staff is a well-rounded collection of practitioners with an eclectic blend of styles; when a class is purely devoted to one particular style, it will carry its name (e.g. vinyasa, or Integral); otherwise, it simply depends on the teachers, their training, and what they choose to share that particular day. We keep our rooms at moderate temperatures in the mid-70s and do not offer any "hot yoga."
We Love Brand New Beginners
If you have never done yoga before, if you are not flexible, if you don't know what you're doing and feel intimidated by what you've seen/heard in the media about "yoga," Sun & Moon is the perfect place for you. We provide clear and helpful instruction for every posture, we welcome all body shapes and sizes, and we teach students at their own pace. Regular practice and connection to our yoga community form the cornerstone of Sun & Moon’s unique environment.
For Your Convenience, Health, and Comfort
Inclement Weather or Emergency Conditions: If we are closed due to bad weather or another emergency, there will be a message on our main phone line, 703-525-YOGA (9642), as well as a posting on the home page of the website. Please check, as we do not necessarily follow county school closings. If we aren’t closed, but conditions make it a bad idea for YOU to come to class, please opt for our liberal and easy make-up policy. Classes canceled because of weather or other emergencies may be made up just like any other missed class.
When Coming Late or Leaving Early: If you’re running late to class, don’t stress. Come anyway. Also be mindful that most classes begin with a quiet centering, meditation, or breathing practice. Therefore, be courteous to your fellow students and come in quietly, simply sit down, and wait until the teacher finishes the centering before you gather props and unroll your mat. Another considerate option is to wait until the centering is finished before entering the room. If you need to leave early, it’s best to let the teacher know before class begins. Leave before savasana so as not to disturb your classmates’ relaxation.
Injuries: Let the teacher know if you have any acute injuries or chronic health matters that should be taken into account. Our teachers are trained and knowledgeable and can make useful suggestions tailored to your needs.
Mats and Props: We provide mats as a courtesy to our students. If you use one of our studio mats for your practice and you’re concerned about its cleanliness, you are welcome to wipe it down before you use it with supplies provided on the prop shelves. If you are so inspired after class to do the same, we greatly appreciate it. Anyone with particular concerns about cleanliness of the mat is encouraged to bring their own.
What to Wear: Wear something comfy that's not too loose and not too tight. On the bottom, most people wear yoga pants, sweats or shorts. On top, choose t-shirts or tank tops that aren't too baggy, with an extra layer at the beginning or end of class.
What Not to Wear: For your comfort and that of others, we strongly urge students not to wear perfume or cologne or noisy jewelry to class. These sensory distractions make mindful practice very difficult.
Food and Water: Stay hydrated to stay healthy – your body will thank you! We have filtered water available for your use – please bring your own water bottle, as we’ve reduced waste by not using paper cups. Try not to eat just before class, or choose something light to get you to the next meal.
Honor the Space: Remove your shoes and leave them in the cubbies up front or in the dressing rooms in back. Our no-shoe policy makes for clean floors and a pleasant practice.
Protect Your Valuables: Take your valuables into the room with you or secure them in your car; Sun & Moon does not assume responsibility for unattended personal items.
Social Time: We love and encourage the sense of community and the personal bonds that form at Sun & Moon. We also try to balance that with maintaining a quiet and peaceful environment. If you’re early for class and enjoy chatting with fellow yogis, keep voices low and respectful of others who choose to quietly center. Likewise after class in the hallways, as often there is another class still in session next door.
SILENCE YOUR DEVICE! Yep, we can’t emphasize this enough.
The Front Desk
Most of our front desk staff is made up of volunteers, or “WEs” (Work Exchangers). They work in our office/front desk in exchange for free classes. If you have a question that the front desk volunteer is unable to answer, please leave your name and number and someone from our regular staff will get back to you. If you’d like to be a WE, ask for an application at the front desk or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Ways to Yoga at Sun & Moon – New as of November, 2017
As always, since we opened our doors in 1995, we remain a school of yoga, with weekly classes structured to provide a well-rounded yoga curriculum, and our teachers present a continuity of instruction from beginning to end of four quarters per year. Recognizing the changing needs of the yoga community, we now offer additional options to accommodate those with unpredictable schedules, and/or who want as much yoga as they can inhale.
- Full Quarter Registration for a weekly class, in the classic yoga school model: Ideal for the student who thrives on that weekly commitment to their teacher and fellow students, and who benefits from the continuity of instruction and experience from beginning to end of each quarter. Make up missed classes anytime during the quarter. Register for the entire quarter or its remainder during the first three weeks. Pro-rate all remaining weeks or pay the full quarter fee and make up classes you missed. ($16/class). After the third week, see Flex Pass below.
- Flex Passes: If your schedule is unpredictable due to travel, work, or life, and/or if you’re joining the quarter after the third week, choose a flex pass to use in any class, anytime you’d like, within six months of purchase. Ten class pass @$180 ($18/class,) six class pass @$120 ($20/class), or a single class drop-in ($22/class).
- Bliss Pass: Unlimited yoga, auto-renewed monthly on your credit card. Attend any class, anytime, as often as you like. For those who are seeking to practice more than once per week, and who love lots of classes with many different teachers and styles. Cancel anytime you like. $135/month.
Thank You for Sharing Yoga With Us at Sun & Moon
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Namaste, and Warmly,
Sun & Moon Yoga Studio Staff