SYNDICATE.YOGA+BARRE

faq

Because nearly everyone asks.

WHO IS WELCOME AT SYNDICATE?

All are welcome here, except a**holes who think otherwise.

It’s pretty simple, the SYNDICATE community proudly includes men and women of all ages, races, genders, orientations, and of all fitness levels. We’ve taught your neighbors, first responders, and athletes from the NFL, WNBA and NBA, as well as members of the military, dancers, triathletes, high school sports teams, stay-at-home moms and dads, those in recovery, and other fitness instructors and yoga teachers, too.  

ARE YOUR CLASSES ACCESSIBLE TO NEW STUDENTS?

All SYNDICATE classes and programs are accessible to new students - that doesn’t mean you’ll instantly know what you’re doing and be destined for the cover of a magazine, though. It’s your first, or one of your first times doing a new thing so let’s be reasonable, unless you’re a savant there’s going to be a learning curve.

It does, however, mean is that our teachers are industry experts who have been specifically trained to lead classes that are accessible and challenging for both new and existing students, we call it “teaching to the mid-line” and it’s an integral part of our foundation.

Our teachers will offer modifications and adjustments as needed. These adjustments are efforts to connect, not correct, and can range from verbal to hands-on.

DO YOU OFFER HANDS-ON ADJUSTMENTS?

Yes, we offer - and yes, you’re free to decline.

In our experience, appropriately intended and applied physical adjustments can be powerful additions to any physical practice, training, or routine. In our studios we consider them to be opportunities for connection, not correction, and our teachers and instructors are empowered to apply them as is appropriate.  

That doesn’t make them right for every-body, or everybody though. Whether it be recovery from injury, a history of trauma, etc. if you DO NOT want to be adjusted in a class please inform the teacher or instructor prior to the start of class. If you do this, we commit to the following:

  1. We will not probe, or otherwise attempt to make you validate your request.
  2. We will make every reasonable attempt to respect your request, unless otherwise informed by you.

ARE YOUR CLASSES HEATED?

Depends on the format, please visit our class description page to learn more about each format we offer.

WILL I SURVIVE A SYNDICATE CLASS?

We’re proud to report that we haven’t lost anyone yet.

We kid, a little. Regardless of your fitness level or experience, if you show up with an open mind, and both a sense of willingness and curiosity, you’re good to go. Hell, even if you show up apprehensive and anxious you will have survived the hardest part - showing up for yourself in the first place.

ST. LOUIS PARK - WHERE DO I PARK?

Our St. Lous Park studio is located in The Shops at the West End, which has free covered parking.

It’s most convenient to park on the RED side of the underground parking garage, and to then take the elevator or stairs in the RED vestibule to street level. Once there, exit the elevator lobby doors and you will see SYNDICATE directly across the walkway, next to Evereve. Across from solidcore, and a few down from Yard House.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BARRE AND BARRE-X?

Barre and BARRE-X are both Lotte Berk Method based classes that go for the burn. In Barre we focus on building a precise balance of exertion blended with deep, targeted stretching to create an accessible and rhythmic mid-range interval workout. It is not as fast paced as our BARRE-X classes which by reason of cardio are a touch more hard-io.

We highly recommend trying each to establish what feels right for your body and breath.

HOW EARLY SHOULD I BE AT CLASS?

Doors are unlocked 15 minutes before each class and we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before the start time listed for the class you’re attending. This will allow you time to check-in, set-up your space, connect with your teacher or instructor, and to meet the people who will be sweating next to you!  

DO YOU HAVE CHANGING ROOMS OR SHOWERS?

St. Louis Park:

  • 1 Changing Room
  • 1 Bathroom / Changing Room

WHAT DO I WEAR?

We recommend wearing comfortable, or relatively fitted exercise or yoga clothing, specifically made of moisture-wicking fabrics, if possible.

When planning your outfit think about what will happen to your clothes vs. your body when you lift your arms overhead, rotate your torso, or are upside down. If your best guess involves your shirt trying to strangle you while you flash the class, or leaves you questioning if your, ah, ya’ know, might fall out or be otherwise exposed, then there’s your answer for that outfit.

No footwear allowed, and no socks required inside of the practice room.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COME TO CLASS?

It breaks down to this, you get out what you put in. Maintaining a regular schedule of classes will shift you to a space of greater physical and emotional strength and flexibility while also deepening the relationship you have with your body. Observationally speaking, 3-4 classes per week is both transformational and sustainable.

That said, it’s important that you listen to your body and respect your edges. We highly advise that you allow yourself one day of rest per week, and maintain hydration. Generally speaking, if you divide your body weight in half, that is the number of ounces you require per day. If you are taking 3-4 classes per week you will want to add an additional 50-75 ounces per day.

NAMA-STAY-HUH?

That word at the end of yoga, it’s “namaste” - pronounced, na-ma-stay - and it has nothing to do with religion or joining a cult (that comes later and we have super cool jackets for members).*  

It’s a very versatile salutation, sometimes used to express gratitude or feeling - much like aloha or shalom. In our space it’s most common meaning is simply, “I honor the student, the teacher, the humanity, the light, and the love within you.”

*Neither cult memberships nor special jackets are actually a thing. That we will admit to.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

Enthusiasm and willingness will serve you well in all classes. For yoga classes you’ll want to bring your yoga mat if you have one, and for all classes you’ll want water. All Barre and Sculpt equipment is provided, as are yoga straps, blocks, and blankets.

We do have a limited number of studio mats available for use, as well as complimentary sweat towels, and a water bottle refill station.

We do sell bottled water ($2).

DO YOU ALLOW DROP-INS?

Yes, and yes! We do, however, recommend signing up in advance - especially for evening and weekend classes.

CAN I SHARE MY CLASS PACKAGE OR MEMBERSHIP?

While we want you to sweat with your friends and family, Class Packages, Memberships, Workshops and Trainings are limited to one person per package and are non-transferable.

All class credits must be used by the original purchasing client.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Out of respect for other students as well as our teachers and instructors, we require notice of cancellation 6 hours or more prior to class start time in order to un-reserve your spot, return it to your account, and make your space available for someone else. For more on our policies, click here.

HOW DO I BECOME A YOGA TEACHER?

Looking to deepen your knowledge of yoga? We offer a 200-hour Yoga Alliance® accredited teacher training program that provides students of all experience levels with the tools, techniques, and practical experience to gain basic comprehension in the art and science of teaching yoga and leading a complimentary life. For more information, click here.

HOW DO I BECOME A BARRE OR SCULPT INSTRUCTOR?

Ready to step up to the head of the class, or maybe you’re in need of some fresh new CECs?* We offer multiple format trainings, including two levels of Barre certification and a warrior / yoga Sculpt training. For more information view a list of our current trainings in our main menu (top right corner of the page).

*SYNDICATE.YOGA, LLC does not claim to directly offer CECs from any organization other than Yoga Alliance®. Historically, those in need of CECs from ACE or NETA have successfully petitioned for them by leveraging our trainers status as Yoga Alliance® Continuing Education Providers (YACEP), that is not however a guarantee that all credits petitioned for will be granted.