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Studio Policies

By learning to expand our devotional awareness, we can transform our lives so they are filled with peace, love, joy, and harmony.

See the Divine in everything on the path of love and devotion.

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General Information

Om sahana vavatu

May we all be protected.

Saha nau bhunaktu

May we all be nourished.

Saha viiryam karavaavahai

May we work together with great energy.

Tejasvi Navaditamastu

May our knowledge be radiant through our shared study.

Maa vidvissaavahai

May there be no disputes between us.

Om shanti, shanti, shanti

Om peace, peace, peace

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GENERAL INFORMATION

We honor the practices of all students and teachers in our yoga shala

by collectively agreeing to some simple but important principles.

  • MINDFULNESS:  Black Cat Yoga is a sanctuary where people come to relax and quiet their minds.  Please be mindful that “hot topic” discussions, inquiries, debates, or commentaries detract from the neutral and peaceful environment that our community desires and deserves.  Thank you in advance for leaving those types of conversations outside the studio and honoring the sanctity of this space with your reverence, respect, mindfulness, and kindness.
     

  • PRIVACY:  All students and staff of Black Cat Yoga are entitled to an expectation of privacy regarding their personal information while practicing in our studio.  In an effort to maintain an emotionally safe environment for everyone, we ask that students refrain from asking personal questions or initiating conversations that may infringe upon someone else's right to privacy.
     

  • CLEANLINESS AND HYGIENE:  Please observe basic hygiene. Arrive showered and  clean.  Refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, or bringing other strong scents into the practice space, such as cigarette or marijuana smoke, which negatively impact the health, well-being, and comfort of our teachers and students.  
     

  • PHOTOGRAPHS:  We do not take pictures of our students practicing, and no one's image will be used in photographs or marketing material without prior consent and/or approval.
     

  • LATE CANCELLATIONS AND NO-SHOWS:  Please note that if you sign up in advance for any of our classes, you are reserving a space.  No-shows or late cancellations (within 2 hours of class start time) will count as one class pass for class package holders and a $10 charge will apply to unlimited members.  This policy applies to classes that are sold out at the time of the late cancellation.
     

  • YOGA MATS:  Please bring your own yoga mat.  If you do not have a yoga mat or forget yours, studio mat rentals are $3.  Please clean any props you use with the studio cleaning products.
     

  • PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINUTES EARLY:  Our events and classes begin and end on time.  To ensure the safety and comfort of our attendees, presenters, and staff, the doors will lock promptly at the posted start time and late entries will not permitted.  Please do not knock on the door if you are late and the door is locked.
     

  • STAY UNTIL CLASS CONCLUDES:  In an effort to maintain the highest level and safety and security of our practitioners and teaching staff, and to minimize distractions and disruptions during class, leaving early is not permitted unless it is an immediate and unexpected emergency.  Please select a class time that allows you to stay for the entire experience.
     

  • FOOD AND DRINKS:  No food or open containers are allowed in the practice area.  Water bottles with closed tops are permitted.
     

  • PERSONAL BELONGINGS:  Please remove shoes before entering the practice area. Bring into the practice area only what you will need during class.  Leave all other belongings in the cubbies.  Backpacks or large bags are not permitted in the practice space.  We lock the door during class.
     

  • NO CELL PHONESPlease silence mobile devices upon entering and refrain from bringing cell phones into the practice area.  Cell phones and electronics are adverse triggers for people attempting to disconnect and go within. We also have a "no photos" policy in the practice space to respect the privacy of our students.  Placing your phone on silent and turning off the vibration mode while it is stored with your personal belongings in the cubbies will ensure a peaceful and uninterrupted experience for you and your fellow companions.
     

  • WAIVERS:  All new students are required to sign a waiver prior to taking your first class.
     

  • NO ALCOHOL, DRUGS, OR WEAPONS of any kind are permitted in our studio at anytime.  
     

  • AGE REQUIREMENT:  Our classes are designed for students 16 years of age and older.  Students under the age of 16 are not permitted.  Any student under 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian’s signature on the waiver.
     

  • MEDICAL CONDITIONS:  Anyone with medical conditions or injuries should consult a doctor prior to participating in any of our yoga classes or events. Please inform us if you are pregnant or have any injuries prior to the start of class.
     

  • STUDIO CLOSURE:  The studio is closed December 23 through January 1 each year.

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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES

  • WEEKLY CLASSES:  All class purchase options are nonrefundable. Please note that if you sign up in advance for any of our regularly scheduled classes, you are reserving a space. No-shows or late cancellations (within 2 hours of class start time) for sold out classes will count as one class pass for class package holders and a $10 charge will apply to unlimited members.
     

  • WORKSHOPS, EVENTS, RETREATS, AND SPECIAL CLASSES:  Black Cat Yoga workshops, events, and retreats are nonrefundable, and your reservation can only be used for the date it purchased for. In the event that a workshop or event or retreat is canceled by us, participants will receive a full refund or a credit to their studio account. Absences or late arrivals to a workshop, event, retreat, series, or special class are nonrefundable.
     

  • PRIVATE LESSONS:  Your private session time and the teacher's time is reserved for you. Payment is required in advance and private sessions are non-refundable.  If you need to change your appointment time, at least 24 hours' written notice is required via e-mail at blackcatyogajax@gmail.com. If a private session is canceled less than 24 hours prior to the session, and for no-shows and late arrivals, there are no refunds and the fee will be charged in full.  
     

  • RETAIL MERCHANDISE:  The retail merchandise we carry in our studio is nonrefundable.  
     

  • GIFT CARDSGift cards are nonrefundable.  

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CLASS PACKAGES AND UNLIMITED POLICIES

  • CLASS PACKAGES:  Our class packages do not expire.  There is no limit to how many you can buy.  You can share your class package with your family and friends.  We do not guarantee class styles, times, or teachers.  Schedule subject to change.   Class packages are nonrefundable.
     

  • UNLIMITED OPTIONS:  The unlimited options we offer in our studio are set to expire at the designated length of time at purchase (1 month, 1 year).  Unlimited options are nonrefundable and cannot be shared.
     

  • UNLIMITED AUTO RENEWAL:  If you enroll in one of our monthly unlimited membership options, your payment will be drafted automatically from your bank account once a month beginning 30 days from the date of purchase. You can cancel at anytime by notifying us in writing at blackcatyogajax@gmail.com.  Payments made on auto renewal are nonrefundable.
     

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