FAQ

Sangha Studio is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donation-based studio working to empower our community by widening access to the benefits of yoga, both in and out of the studio. At Sangha Studio, drop-in donations, Sustaining Memberships, Yoga Vouchers, and our Work-Exchange Program allow us to offer yoga classes and workshops to all, regardless of circumstance or ability to pay.

To join us in our commitment to building an empowered community through the shared practice of yoga, visit us at either of our two Burlington locations for a drop-in class, workshop, community event and more.


What does “sangha” mean and how do you say it?

Sangha translates from Sanskrit as “community.” Sangha Studio serves as a place where we can all feel supported and encouraged in community, in our yoga practice, and in our lives. Sangha is pronounced [SAHN-guh].


What are my options for making donations at Sangha Studio? 

When taking a class, workshop, series, etc. at Sangha Studio, there are various ways to donate:

  • The suggested donation per drop-in class is $10-$15, but any donation you are able to make is appreciated. We accept cash, check, and all major credit/debit cards.
  • Our One-Week Class Pass is $25 for one-week unlimited classes and does not auto renew.
  • Become a Sustaining Member! The Sustaining Membership auto renews on the first of each month for $60. It must be paid with a credit or debit card. See more details on that on our Individual Membership Page.
  • Suggested donation pricing for workshops, series, etc. is listed on our Workshop & Events page under each event. Sustaining Members have access to lower suggested donation amounts at these events.

Do I need to pre-register for class?

It’s a great idea to preregister for your class using the MindBody app, especially if you are running late or if there is a note on your profile you’d like for the teacher to be aware of ahead of time. However, you can also sign into class when you arrive! We typically lock the doors 5-10 minutes into class.


Do you have mats and props I can use?

Yes! We offer mats and props at no additional charge.


Parking/ Wheelchair Access

Both of our studio locations are wheelchair accessible.

Sangha Pine | 120 Pine St.: There is a public parking garage just 1.5 blocks away. Metered parking is available out front and along Main St . & College St. Our studio is wheelchair accessible from the back entrance. If you’re moving from the front entrance to the back entrance, you take a left onto Pine St. out of our parking lot, then take a left onto Main St. Just after the Yogarama building, turn left into a parking lot. Our accessible entrance is at the back left of the parking lot.

Sangha North | 237 North Winooski Ave.: All parking in the Old North End of Burlington is free on-street parking. You can often find parking right outside the studio on North Winooski Ave, or along side streets. Our studio is ground level and is wheelchair accessible. The parking lot behind the building is reserved for residents, but has wheelchair accessible parking if needed.


What does becoming a “Sustaining Member” mean?

It means unlimited monthly classes at both locations, mat storage, and discounts on specialty classes, workshops and retail. Memberships are the bread and butter of our studio, allowing us to bring yoga into the community. For more about becoming a Sustaining Member, visit our Individual Sustaining Membership page.


 I’m going away for the month. Can I put my membership on hold?
I’m moving! How do I cancel my membership?

Memberships can be put on hold or cancelled at any time filling out the form on our Change of Membership Status page 2 days before the end of the month for which you’d like to cancel. We require all changes to a membership to be processed via the online form so details are not missed through email communication.


 I’ll be out of town for two weeks, can I put my membership on hold for that time? 

We cannot put memberships on partial holds. You can however, put your membership on hold for the month and then pay by donation for the classes that you do come to that month. Or, purchase a one-week class pass (available for purchase multiple times) for the weeks you will use your membership.


When does the money come out of my account for the Sustaining Membership? 

Memberships are processed on the 1st of each month. The payment will process within the first three days of the month (depending on banking days).


How come my friend got to pay less than $60 for their first month?  

When someone joins Sangha after the 1st of the month, the cost of the membership is reduced each day because they have already missed a few days in the month. We call this “pro-rating.” The full membership rate is charged on the 1st of the month the following month. Memberships are roughly $2/day (that’s less than a coffee!).


I purchased online and my membership didn’t get prorated.

Unfortunately, due to the software programming, memberships cannot be pro-rated when purchased online and they begin on the 1st of the following month. For this reason, we recommend signing up for your membership in the studio if you’d like to start right away or contact us directly at info@sanghastudio.org and we can adjust your membership for you!


Corporate Sustaining Memberships

Corporate Memberships are available to businesses all sizes. See more details on our Corporate Memberships page. Contact us for details or questions info@sanghastudio.org


I am recovering from an injury. Can I still come to class?

We recommend that you check with your physician and/or physical therapist and follow their recommendations. We do offer many slower paced classes and have props, including chairs at the North location, available to modify your practice with. We encourage modification and/or omission of any movements that don’t feel right to your body for any reason. Let your teacher know if you are having trouble during a class or are looking for ways to continue practicing yoga while injured!


Where does my donation go?

Your donation allows us to keep doing what we’re doing both in the studio and out in the community. Your donation supports our many yoga service programs as well as studio overhead, payroll, etc. Our yoga service programs are continually evolving and currently include PRIDE yoga, chair yoga, yoga for those in recovery, yoga for cancer survivors, kids yoga and more.


 Location

Sangha Pine | 120 Pine St., Burlington VT. This is at the cross section of Pine Street and Main Street, behind NorthStar Sports and Yogarama.

Sangha North | 237 North Winooski Ave., Burlington VT. This is at the intersection of North Union St., Decatur Ave., and North Winooski Ave.


Class Size

Sangha Pine | 120 Pine St.: This studio location comfortably fits 32 students.

Sangha North | 237 North Winooski Ave.: This studio location comfortably fits 45 students.


 I left my shoes at the studio after class.

We have a lost and found located in the front of the studio. Stop by any time we are open to grab em’! We leave lost & found items at the studio location they were lost from for 1 month.


 Do you have a mat I can use?

We have mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps available in the studio for everyone to use at no additional cost. You are welcome to bring your own as well. We have water and cups available, as well as tea for before or after class. Stay a while and relax with us!


What should I wear? 

Comfortable clothing that you can move in! We often suggest form fitting clothing because it will be easier for the teacher to see how your body moves in space and give you any assists or alignment cues that could improve or enhance your practice – but that’s only if you are comfortable in it. Some people wear pants, some wear shorts. Some wear shirts, some don’t. All we ask is that your private regions remain fully covered.


 Do you have a changing room? 

Yes! We have two changing rooms at 120 Pine Street and one at 237 North Winooski Ave.


Do you have gift cards? How do I buy one?

Yes! Two options — You can purchase a customizable gift card for any amount using the MindBody app and schedule for it to be sent electronically whenever you’d like. If you would rather have a physical gift card, stop by either studio or give us a call, and we will mail it to you or your giftee.


I want to help. What can I donate?

All classes are donation-based, and we want you to come enjoy yoga! But if you are interested in other types of donations, we are always accepting items on our Amazon Wishlist, in addition to anything else you’d like to donate that you think could benefit the studio! You can also support us while you shop on Amazon through smile.amazon.com.