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  • How do I get to the studio?
    The address is 76 North Main Street in Southington. Make sure you go past the Green! The studio is located in the lower level of the Southington Land Trust building - right next to the YMCA. From the front entrance via North Main Street, turn immediately to the left after entering the building. Go down the staircase and enter the lounge/waiting area through the (heavy - you've gotta really pull it) door at the bottom. ​ From the rear entrance via High Street, walk all the way down the long corridor after entering the building until you get to the front of the building. Turn to the right to go down the staircase and enter the lounge/waiting area through the (heavy - you've gotta really pull it) door at the bottom.
  • Where do I park?
    Parking is available anywhere in the entire lot behind the building via High Street or anywhere on North Main Street. Additional parking is available on Center Street. Please do not park in the YMCA parking lot.
  • You mentioned a staircase. Is your studio wheelchair accessible?
    Unfortunately, it is not. There is a, wide carpeted, staircase to the lower level (eight steps, a large landing, then three more steps), but no elevator exists in the building.
  • Does the studio have, like, rules or policies?
    I'm glad you asked! Shaded Whimsy's policies are as follows: ​ Space is limited! Students must pre-register for class through the website or app. There may not be space to accommodate walk-ins. Classes may be cancelled if there are no sign-ups an hour before start times. Shoes must be removed and left in the lounge/waiting area before entering the studio. Personal belongings may be placed in the cubbies in the studio. Shaded Whimsy is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings. Please refrain from using your phone in the studio. Phones must be off or on silent, NOT just vibrate. Disruptive behavior is unwelcome. Please consider how your actions and behavior may affect the experiences of your classmates. Classes begin promptly on time. If you arrive late, please enter quietly through the side entrance: down the hall, the first door on the right. Be mindful of voice levels in the studio. As some students use the time before class for quiet reflection, you are welcome to sit in the lounge in quiet conversation before or after class. Shaded Whimsy has the right to refuse service to anyone who does not treat other students, the staff, and/or the studio with kindness and respect. ​ Please note that these policies may be updated in any way at any time without notice.
  • I've never done yoga before. What do I need to know?
    Congrats on trying something new! First and foremost: Yoga is not all balancing for hours and turning yourself into a pretzel. Please don't let yourself be misguided by Instagram models and what you see on TV. Yes, balance and flexibility are parts of yoga, but, like anything else, they are improved with practice. Not to worry, we will get there. ​ Many practitioners find yoga to be a very personal and spiritual practice which helps them to connect with themselves and others. (Here I will admit that I hope to foster that, in some ways, for my students.) However, there are plenty of practitioners for whom yoga is purely a physical practice. This second group is not doing yoga "wrong". The physical practice of yoga is wonderful for the body, and it would be a shame to forego it because of pressure over the spiritual practice. You will not be pressured here, whether in group classes or private sessions.
  • I have a physical disability/injury/limitation, so my mobility is limited. Can I do yoga?
    Yes! You may find that a chair yoga class is just what you are looking for! All of the dynamic movement, stretching, mindfulness, and relaxation of a regular (or "mat") yoga class, with none of that pesky trying-to-figure-out-how-to-get-up-from-the-floor nonsense. ​ You can find chair yoga on the group class schedule, or you can book private chair yoga sessions with me.
  • What should I wear and bring with me to a yoga class?
    It is recommended that students wear loose-fitting or form-fitting - not tight or constricting - garments in layers while practicing yoga. Comfortable clothing that will allow bodies to move freely and without restrictions is best for the dynamic movements involved in yoga. Layers are recommended because bodies may get warm during practice and can cool off rather quickly once our practice slows and comes to an end. Students will want to be comfortable throughout, so bringing a hoodie and socks (or similar garments) is advised. Students are encouraged to bring water or other hydrating beverages to class. Beverages must be in containers with sealed lids to help prevent spills in the studio. ​ Students are welcome to bring their own mats and props, however mats and props are available in the studio to be borrowed during class.
  • What is the difference between group classes and private sessions?
    In a private yoga session, I am able to give my student my undivided attention. There is room for communication between teacher and student. I am able to offer poses, sequences, and modifications specifically for that student's situation, taking into account any conditions their body may be dealing with (injuries, surgeries, chronic diseases, etc.), as well as their overall current abilities. The sessions are tailored to the student. This is not possible or realistic in group classes. Group classes are more generalized, which is not a bad thing, but for those students looking for more personalized instruction, private sessions may be worth looking into.
  • How do I sign up for group classes or private sessions?
    Due to limited space, it is strongly recommended that students pre-register for group classes. There is no guarantee that walk-in students will be accommodated. Pre-registration can be done here or on the Fit by Wix app. ​ Private sessions can be booked here.
  • Are there any age restrictions for yoga classes?
    Group yoga classes are restricted to students aged 16 and up. Parents or guardians of prospective students under the age of 16 may inquire about private yoga sessions. All yoga students must sign a waiver/release form prior to participating in any yoga classes, workshops, events, or other activities at Shaded Whimsy. Students under the age of 18 must have the waiver/release form signed by a parent or guardian.
  • You don't have very many classes. What if none of those class times work for me?
    More classes will be added in the future. In the meantime, feel free to book a private yoga session scheduled at a time that works for you.
  • How and when do I pay you?
    Shaded Whimsy accepts all major credit and debit cards, cash, Venmo, and Zelle. Unfortunately, checks are not accepted. ​ To pay with cash, choose "Offline payment" at checkout and complete your purchase. Please remember to bring your cash payment with you to the studio; I will have change. Payment must be made prior to the start of class. ​ To pay with Venmo, choose "Offline payment" at checkout and complete your purchase. Search for @ShadedWhimsy in your Venmo app to make your payment. Please add the class date and time to the payment notes. Payment must be made prior to the start of class. ​ To pay with Zelle, choose "Offline payment" at checkout and complete your purchase. Search for amber@shadedwhimsy in your Zelle or banking app to make your payment. Please add the class date and time to the payment notes. Payment must be made prior to the start of class. ​ Regardless of payment method, payment must be made prior to the start of class. No exceptions.
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