Yoga is an intensely personal experience and we would be honoured if you began your journey with us. Below are some general guidelines to help ensure the maximum enjoyment of your experience:
Try to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of class: This gives you time to sign in, relax and prepare to practice. We understand that situations occur; however, arriving late to class can be disruptive to others.
We provide mats, blocks & straps to enhance your practice. But we are happy for you to bring your own mat if you prefer.
Bring a bottle of water
Try not to eat 1-2 hours before a class. A full abdomen will make you feel heavy and tired.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing to allow easy movement of the body. In winter have socks and a jersey on hand for relaxation, to keep warm.
Read class descriptions and take the class that’s appropriate for your level of experience. You will enjoy your class more and maximize the benefits.
If you are injured or tired: skip poses you feel you can’t or shouldn’t do, or try a modified version.
Work to your own capacity, yoga is non-competitive. You’ll go farther faster if you take a loving attitude toward yourself and work from where you are, not from where you think you should be or what others are doing.
Remember to breathe! Conscious breathing will help relax the body and keep the mind focused.
Be Aware during the class. Heighten your senses to areas of tension or discomfort in your body; be aware of your personal space and keep the area around your mat clean and uncluttered.
During menstruation ladies are recommended to practice the more gentle yoga exercises and avoid inverted poses (upside down postures). During this time be careful not to exert the body.
Light-headedness, Headaches, Dizziness, Cramps & other physical complaints may be experienced after a Yoga class. Newly stretched muscles may respond by cramping or twitching, and toxins liberated from usually tense muscles, may cause headaches or nausea. This is a good sign that your body is detoxifying! Symptoms will quickly disappear by drinking water, a warm shower and breathing fresh air.
The most important thing… enjoy yourself and have fun with your yoga practice!
Please advise your instructor if…
You are pregnant: Pregnant Women can practice Yoga at all stages throughout pregnancy. Inform the instructor the trimester of pregnancy, so that appropriate variations and recommendations can be made. Meditation and Relaxation is wonderfully beneficial for mother and child.
You have any medical considerations: including injuries, pregnancy or special medications that might require exercise modifications. High blood pressure, dizziness & heart conditions are conditions Important for your Instructor to know about before the class so that they can offer variations on certain exercises.
You are new to class or you need to leave class early.