In order to get the most out of your yoga class it’s good to come prepared. Here are a few essentials that you should know:
- If you have any on going health problems or you are unsure whether yoga will be suitable, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor.
- You will need your own yoga mat, they can be bought from good sports shops, John Lewis or www. yogamatters.com. You can also buy a mat from some of the larger Tesco stores. Please make sure that your mat is yoga specific and sticky.
- It’s a good idea to bring a blanket to class. This can be used to sit on, to pad under knees and is also great for keeping you warm in the deep relaxation (yoga nidra) at the end of the class.
- Please avoid eating a heavy meal for 2-3 hours before class. If you are hungry then have a light snack such as a piece of fruit or muesli bar, and eat after class.
What to Wear
- Loose comfortable clothing is recommended, being aware that you may be upside down at some point! All clothing should have some stretch in it to allow full movement.
- If you want to wear shorts please ensure that they are at least mid-thigh length and are worn with underwear.
- Be prepared to take off your socks for standing postures, this is for your own safety.
- Wear layers to allow you to adjust your clothing as the body temperature changes.
- Avoid strong smelling deodorants, perfumes or aftershaves.
When You Arrive
- Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before the class start time. If the previous class has not finished please enter quietly making as little noise as possible.
- Remove shoes before entering the practice space, leaving them with your personal belongings in the entrance hall. Do not bring anything in to the practice space that you will not need during class.
- Switch phones off and leave them with your personal belongings in the entrance hall.
- Lay down or sit quietly to prepare yourself for your practice.
- Let your teacher know if there has been any change in your health since you completed your student registration form. This is particularly important if you think you are pregnant.
- Remember that yoga is non-competitive, don’t be concerned with what others are doing around you and try to avoid comparing yourself. We are all different and perfect in our own way.
- You will get the best from your practice by internalising your awareness, try to keep discussion to a minimum and allow your practice to be guided by your teacher.
- Feel free to ask questions if you are not clear on something, or indicate to your teacher that you would like some help.
- Take care of yourself… our teachers will guide you in the practices but only you know what is going on in your body. If something doesn’t feel right move slowly and carefully out of the practice and let your teacher know so that they can offer an alternative.
- If you arrive late, please wait until the first few minutes of settling has been completed and then take your time coming in moving slowly and quietly to avoid disturbing your fellow yogis.
- A little practice goes a long way… Try to do a little yoga between your weekly class. If you can find 10-15 minutes a few days a week then you will begin to notice a change in yourself. This won’t just be on a physical level, practiced with the right intention yoga will change your outlook on life and will help you cope with the ups and downs life throws at us.
Most importantly ENJOY! We love yoga and we hope that you will too….