Yoga Class Tips & Etiquette
PRACTICE! Take time after class to review what you have learned, even if you remember just one pose. Try the poses at home to develop and deepen your own personal practice. That’s where the real magic of yoga takes place. Check out these tips on how to start a home practice.
The first time you attend a group class please arrive 10 minutes early. You will be asked to fill out a waiver form before the class begins. Getting to class early also helps you center yourself and set your intentions for your practice.
Please inform the instructor of any injury or chronic illness you have before the class begins (including injuries past or present and/or medical issues such as high blood pressure, glaucoma, or heart issues). Exercises can be modified and may also help these conditions. Private yoga therapy sessions are also available for students with special physical and physiological needs..
Everyone comes to class with different levels of strength and flexibility. Resist the urge to be competitive. Sometimes the stretches are intense; to avoid injury, do not force your body beyond its capacity. Come out of a posture if it does not feel safe or if you experience any pain in a joint. Tell the instructor.
During menstruation avoid inversions and strenuous postures. Article and sequences on yoga practice and mensuration by Dr. Geeta Iyengar.
Feet should be bare. Wear t-shirts and shorts or leggings, or other comfortable workout clothes. Arrive clean and free of scents that might distract or distrub others. Don’t bring cell phones to class.
Food & drink
Come to class well hydrated and with an empty stomach. Do not drink during class as this can disturb the stomach. Depending on your digestion, avoid eating two or three hours before class.
Arriving late/leaving early
Please try to arrive early and leave on time. Arriving late is distracting for the teacher and the other students. Leaving early is especially disturbing when others are in Savasana (relaxation pose). Each class is taught as a sequence of poses gradually building in intensity. The beginning and the end are important components of the class. If you must leave early, let the teacher know and allow yourself a few minutes of relaxation before you go.
Relevant questions during a class are encouraged and welcomed. However, mainly observe quietness and focus internally on your practice to develop a meditative mind.
Blankets, mats and other props are provided, though most people bring their own yoga mat. Bring a towel or your own mat if you sweat a lot. Remember to pick up and put away any props you use.
Stay playful and cultivate a joyful heart. Happiness is good for your health, and happy yoga will keep you returning to this wonderful practice for many years to come.
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