YOGA TIPS & ETIQUETTE
Get there early If possible arrive 5-10 minutes before your yoga class allowing time for you to settle onto your mat and into your body.
Come hydrated and with a light stomach (avoid eating heavy foods for 2-3 hours before your
practice). If you have low blood sugar and need a snack beforehand, have a handful of nuts or a little fruit.
Take your shoes off at the door, you practice in bare feet.
Wear comfortable stretchy clothes that are easy to move in.
Refrain from wearing heavily scented perfumes, hairspray, after shave, etc.
Turn off your cell phone and leave it in your bag.
Communicate to the teacher before class starts if you have any medical conditions, injuries or are pregnant.
Ask Questions about anything that is not clear to you.
Classes finish with bringing of the hands to the heart, bowing of the head and saying
Namaste. This is not a religious ritual, but a gesture in a deep form of respect in honouring the love, truth and light within each other.
Experience or flexibility is not required to practice Yoga, just an open mind.
Yoga is non-competitive, focus on your own journey don’t compare. Its about you, and your experience in working with your unique spiritual, mental, and physical structure. Don’t become a carbon copy.
Breathe. It’s common for people to hold their breath during yoga poses they find challenging. Breathing deeper can help you relax. Whenever you can no longer feel the oscillation of the breath, you have left the yoga room and gone to the gym.
Tune in. You're the expert on yourself. Do what serves you the practice is for you. You are not a sacrificial victim to the practice, the desires of the teacher or even yogic traditions. Listen and be respectful towards your body. Step out of your comfort zone, but stay within your safety zone, never moving to the point of pain. Be kind to yourself. A yoga room is one of the most intentional places you can learn self-compassion. Treating yourself with compassion allows you to translate that voice into the outside world.
Lean into discomfort and let go. What we resist persists, and usually it’s when we stop struggling against the discomfort that we find peace. The same pose will be different on any given day. Ease into the pose, don’t push into the pose. Instead of saying to yourself, “Ooooh, a little further,” say, “relax just a little more, soften.” When tight muscles ease, there is an overall greater strength, length, and better alignment.
Savasana matters. The last part of the class involving Savasana (relaxation) and meditation can be difficult for some. Try and turn your mind towards meeting the process in a non-judgemental way.
Support your practice. Take a private yoga lesson and receive some personal yoga tips to fit your needs. Use these tips for your practice in a class and at home.
Practice frequently. The more you practice the greater the rewards.
Most importantly, relax and enjoy! Yoga is a powerful, and transformational practice.It will leave you feeling refreshed and energized, and cumulatively, the process will enrich every aspect of your life, providing you with balance and inspiration for body, mind and spirit.