no matter how many yoga studios or classes you’ve been to, or how many instagram #yogachallenges you’ve made it through all 30 days of, there is still a touch of vulnerability that comes with checking out a new place, meeting new people, and/or doing a new thing. we believe that a lot of yoga’s power to heal lies in both the courage and the vulnerability it takes to show up, so to help encourage and ease your introduction to our studio and community we’ve put together some basics of a SYNDICATE.YOGA experience.
Q: WHY “SYNDICATE”?
A: syn·di·cate – it’s a noun
- a group of individuals or organizations combined or making a joint effort to undertake some specific duty or to pursue or promote a common interest
- a loose association of racketeers or gangsters in control of organized crime or involved in illegal activities
essentially, we aim to hold space and take actions that build a community which consistently, progressively, and positively impacts each of its members and all others they encounter. if that doesn’t work, we’ve got definition #2.
Q: WHY YOGA?
A: yo·ga – it’s another noun
- a system of practices for attaining bodily or mental realization and well-being, a part of which, including breath control, meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and release of tension and blockage
as practiced at SYNDICATE, yoga is an accessible yet challenging collection of physical movements and static holds, intended to short-circuit the mental and physical sources of both disease and ‘dis-ease’.
Q: WHO IS WELCOME AT SYNDICATE.YOGA?
A: ALL ARE WELCOME HERE, except a**holes. the SYNDICATE community includes men and women of all ages, races, orientations, and of all fitness levels, we’ve taught players from the NFL and the NBA, other yoga teachers, dancers, triathletes, high school sports teams, stay-at-home moms and dads, those in recovery (all forms of it), and many, many others!
Q: WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO, WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
A: our studio address is 8084 old carriage court, SHAKOPEE (mn) 55379 and we have a giant-ass parking lot.
Q: DO YOU OFFER LOCKER ROOMS AND SHOWERS?
A: kind of… we have:
- a couple of shower rooms (shower + area to change)
- a couple of changing rooms (just like the shower room, but without the shower)
- a coed vanity / sink area
- coed lockers
Q: WHAT SHOWER ROOM AMENITIES DO YOU OFFER?
A: we provide:
- shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion
- hair dryers
- locks and shower towels are available for rent ($1 ea.)
Q: WHAT SHOULD I WEAR AND BRING FOR MY FIRST CLASS, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
A: generally you’ll want to wear relatively fitted exercise or yoga clothing, specifically made of moisture-wicking fabrics when possible – when planning your outfit a good question to ask yourself is, “what will happen to these clothes if i’m upside down?” if your best guess involves your shirt trying to strangle you while you flash the class, or leaves you questioning if your, um, you know, might fall out and / or be otherwise exposed, there’s your answer.
for our YIN and KUNDALINI classes, and our GONG BATH programming, looser fitting, comfortable clothing is typically ideal and layers will serve you well.
once you know what you’re wearing, double check the time and make sure you’re on track to arrive about 15 minutes prior to the start of class. from there, you will want to be sure you have:
- a yoga mat (we do not provide/rent mats)
- a sweat towel
- a water bottle (we have a refill station and we sell super-sexy, eco-friendly waterbottles if you need one)
Q: DO I NEED TO SIGN-UP FOR CLASS?
A: no reservations are required but, many classes do fill up so, so it’s not the worst idea.
Q: HOW DO I SELECT MY FIRST YOGA CLASS?
A: all SYNDICATE.YOGA classes and programs are accessible to new students. this doesn’t mean that you’ll instantly know what you’re doing and be destined for the cover of YOGA DIGEST or MANTRA MAGAZINE – it’s your first time doing a new thing so let’s be reasonable, unless you’re a savant there’s going to be a learning curve.
what it does mean is that our teachers are 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.
that said, here’s an overview of our three main formats that should help break things down a little more than they are on our class descriptions page.
- YIN // not a lot of movement, postures will be held for extended periods of time, low-key atmosphere. [sweat level: not unless you have a medical condition]
- SHORTFORM // set sequence, lots of movement, some postures will be held for a brief period of time. [sweat level: guaranteed]
- FLOW // lots of movement, usually some balancing, occasionally an option for inversions. [sweat level: from weird places]
- KUNDALINI: not a lot of movement, some postures will be held for extended periods of time, mantra and breath work, occasionally singing bowls and/or a gong. [sweat level: there’s a chance]
- CORE+RESTORE // so much movement + not a lot of movement (recovery), heart rate will go up, then down. [sweat level: stinky with a chance of stank]
- BANDCAMP45 // almost always push-ups (no worries, modifications from the knees work), a G-d awful amount of squats, occasionally crisscross mountain climbers. [sweat level: obscene]
beyond that, here are some of the “unwritten rules”
- it is suggested that those who are adverse to heat exposure take steps to hydrate and otherwise prepare, beginning at least 24-hours prior to class
- in every SYNDICATE class you are welcome to take a knee or child’s pose at any point that you need a chance to reset your breathing, or if you need a moment for your heart rate to settle
- we welcome all people AND we add heat and humidity to our practice space for most of our classes and programming, we often play modern music (sometimes loudly, sometimes with 4-letter words, and sometimes there’s no music at all), and we believe that the customer is right – unless they’re not. and that everyone has the right to be heard but, not to be an a**hole (please understand that these are non-negotiable aspects of a SYNDICATE experience).
A: that word, at the end of class, that your teacher says and then most everyone repeats back, it’s “namaste” and it has nothing to do with religion or you joining a cult (that comes later and we have really cool jackets for members*). it’s simply the light, soul, energy, whatever you want to call it, of one person acknowledging and affirming the same in another.
*neither cult memberships or special jackets are actually a thing… that we will admit to.