Entering a yoga class can be intimidating. Below you will find FAQ’s, guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions.
Be sure that you wear comfortable clothing that will not get in the way of stretching. Do not eat for at least an hour or two before your class or scheduled practice; or eat something light.
The most important thing to remember during a practice is that practicing is an exploration. Move slowly into each pose and listen to your body. Most important, remember to breathe! Paying attention to your breath not only prevents injury but also is the heart of what yoga is all about. If you have injuries or restrictions, share them with your instructor at the beginning of class. He/she can then suggest modifications or alternative poses. Ask questions! Your instructor is there to teach and guide you. Feel free to arrive for class up to 15 minutes before class begins. That will give you time to silence your cell phone, store shoes and other items in space provided, gather appropriate props for class and settle onto your mat.
After the relaxation pose at the end of your session, note how you feel. If there is a feeling of lightness and equanimity in your body and nervous system, you are on the right track. Remember that yoga is not about touching your toes, but what you learn about yourself on the way down to touch your toes.