Frequently Asked Questions

studioview-250x375Do I need to register to take a class or can I simply show up?

Most classes at alleyCat are “drop in” which means that you do not need to register for a class. If it is your first time to take a class with us, it is best to arrive about 10 minutes early so the teacher can show you how to sign in and set up for class.  Special classes and events that require registration will be specifically indicated on the class schedule page with a “Sign Up Now” button. Once the class is full the schedule will indicate “Registration Closed”.

Do I need to bring my own yoga mat and props?

We have mats at the studio that you can use for no charge. We also have cushions, blankets, blocks and straps. If you decide to make yoga a regular practice, we do suggest you purchase a mat for personal use. We offer a small selection of Mankuka mats for sale at the studio.

What is the cost per class? Do I have to “join” the studio or can I pay as I go?

Classes can be paid for per class at the drop in rate of $13 for a 60 minute class or $16 for a 75 minute class. Students who attend regularly typically choose to purchase a  “Yoga Pass” that brings the cost per class down. Purchasing a pass makes sign in easy and is your commitment to yourself that you will show up to practice. You can view the pass options on the Rates page. We take payment by cash, check or credit card at the studio.  Passes can be purchased online using a credit card.

bench-250x166I want to stop by and see the studio, what are your hours?

A teacher will be at the studio 15 minutes before and after each class. The studio is not typically open in between classes. If you wish to purchase a pass or stop in for a quick question or a tour please contact Susan at 573-864-4132.

I am brand new to yoga.  Where do I start?

We offer Kripalu Yoga and All Levels Hatha throughout the week. These classes are best suited for new students as breathing, posture and alignment cues are woven into a supportive practice.  New students looking for a gentle practice are invited to join Gentle Yoga or Sunrise Yoga with Jan or Amber. Teachers give detailed instructions during each class, and offer modifications for each student to practice at their individual edge. If you have questions about which class to take please contact us.

classlaughterHow do I know which class to attend?

Your own personal preference and schedule will determine which class is right for you. View the Classes page to learn more about each class.

What should  I expect at my first class?

You will enter the studio into a small reception area. Please remove your shoes. Identify yourself to the teacher as a new student and he or she will help you sign in and gather your props for class. Please let the teacher know that you are new, your practice experience and any physical limitations or concerns that you may have.

Do I have to be strong and flexible to practice yoga?

Many people are intimidated by the idea of taking a yoga class. At alleyCat, students from babies to seniors enjoy the practice of yoga. Every pose has variations that can be practiced by almost anyone so you do not have to be “flexible” to begin the practice. At alleyCat we welcome you just as you are and hope to introduce you to a complete yoga practice that incorporates deep breathing, yoga poses, relaxation and inner awareness.

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What type of training do your teachers have?

Every teacher at alleyCat Yoga is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) who has trained at an accredited school. This means that each teacher has at least 200 hours of training in yoga philosophy, breathwork, anatomy, teaching postures, relaxation and meditation. Many of our teachers have trained well beyond the 200 or 500 hour level.

What if I still feel uncomfortable joining a regular class?

If you have special concerns or wish to get an individualized class prior to beginning group practice we can schedule a private yoga class with you. Teachers are available to teach private classes to new students to cover the basics of practice, breath work, and philosophy on a limited basis.  The focus of this type of private class is to address concerns and prepare students to enter a class that will best support their practice. The cost of private instruction is $60-85 an hour.