New to Yoga? If you’ve never been to a yoga class before here are some things to know.
- Yoga is for everyone. You may think you’ll never be able to get into the poses or be intimidated by what others can do, but at one point we have all been beginners. Be kind to yourself, keep a positive outlook, and try not to have any preconceived notions about what you can or can’t do. Yoga is an internal practice and everyone works at their own level and pace. Everyone else is focused on their own bodies and experience. Relax, no one is judging you. Yoga is a practice that trains your mind and body and will eventually produce the desired results. Focus on the movement, the breath, the moment and enjoy! The rewards from doing yoga are many. You will gain strength, increase flexibility, have better sleep, better health and mental well being, reduce stress, and enjoy a calmer mind – the list is endless.
- Wear comfortable clothing that’s not too loose so that your top doesn’t ride up or fall forward and smother you in poses such as Downward Facing Dog. Yoga is practiced with bare feet so you get a better feel for your feet, better grounding and to keep you from sliding.
- It is recommended to eat 2-3 hours before class. If you must eat closer to class, have a small, light snack.
- Arrive at least 10 minutes before class in case there is paper work to fill out and to connect with your teacher. Make sure to let the teacher know any physical issues you may have or injuries as you may need pose modifications and to keep you safe.
- Please place your shoes and anything else you may have in the cubby shelf at the front door. The Shala is free of shoes and phones so we may practice with a clean environment and leave the outside world behind.
- If you don’t have your own mat the purple mats in the props cabinet are for students to use. Mat cleaner and a towel are provided so that when practice is over you can clean the mat for the next student to use. Please neatly place the mat and any props you may have used back in their correct place. The blankets are folded in a particular way so to make them most effective in use and easy to remove from their storage place. Fringe is placed to the inside and creases out.
- Take a place at the back of the room so that you can see the more experienced practitioners in front of you if you aren’t sure what to do in a posture.
- Always take care of yourself and be forgiving. If you need to rest come into Child’s Pose and rest. When you’re ready, come back to the current pose and continue with your practice. Each time you show up on the mat you may come with a different set of physical, emotional or mental circumstances and you must allow yourself the permission to adjust your practice accordingly. This is Yoga in the most basic sense.
- Some teachers will use Sanskrit names for poses or Sanskrit words. Generally they will also use the English name for the pose. Over time you will begin to recognize them.