Everyone that practices yoga has to make certain changes to their lifestyle and schedule. We are as a community, here to help each other in our mutual aim to develop ourselves as yoga practitioners. While there are numerous considerations that can interfere with practice, there are a few that are common and addressed here:

  1. Children (Child Care)

  2. Disease, Disability, Elders

  3. Transportation

  4. Poverty

  1. Children

Children are vital to the passage of yoga to our next generation. Please bring your children with you to practice. We also have a separate room at the studio where people can arrange child care, or trade off if there is a group of people; we will even help you arrange that. If you are a mother or father and have a small child and want to come to yoga, you are hereby given permission to do so. Yes, we know that little kids wander around. As a community we must accept this. Students that have some issue with children being in yoga class need to find another place to practice. Yes, we know that little kids scream and cry; if they do it too much then you can take a break from your practice and deal with them. Yes, we realize that your kids cannot sit still for an hour; bring a laptop, an ipad (we have one you can borrow) and let them watch cartoons, color, draw, or whatever is your parenting style. We are okay with it. 

If you have friends who all want to practice together, come at the same time, and rotate one parent at a time to stay with the kids. There is no charge for using the room that sits at the entrance of the studio; it can probably fit, at most 5-6 kids. This is something that will never change at Ashtanga Bellingham. You can bring your kids with you. 

 Certified Ashtanga Teacher David Garrigues holding an infant child of a student while teaching second series.

Certified Ashtanga Teacher David Garrigues holding an infant child of a student while teaching second series.

2. Disease

Many people come to yoga because they are sick. Yoga has been used as preventative medicine for thousands of years, and recently it has been proven through numerous medical studies to help with several ailments that are common problems for people. Still, some people do not come to practice because their bodies are not well enough to do yoga postures as well as others. This is a very sad situation because all yoga asana that came to us came through the yogi Krishnamacharya, who was an ayurvedic healer and master of yoga for the purposes of healing the sick. Whatever your ailment is, or whatever is in your body that you are not happy with, please inform your teacher and come to class anyway.

3. Transportation

Along with the yogic value of ahimsa, many people that seek out the practice of yoga find themselves living minimalist lifestyles and thus not having access to automobiles, particularly for evening courses. We do not want you to walk too far in the dark, and there are many other students who drive to and from the shala, so please let us know if we can help you get to and from class.

4. Poverty

Many people that want to undertake yoga do not have the means to do so. The yoga school has bills to pay, but we have several programs to offer those in the lower income brackets, such as scholarships, work/trade and internship agreements, and partial tuition waivers. If you feel that this is your place of practice but you do not have the means to afford tuition, please speak with your teacher.