Preparing for yoga class:
- Try to arrive with an empty stomach. It is no fun doing twists or inversions with food in your belly and it reduces the benefit your body will get from the practice.
- Drink water. Come hydrated but not "sloshy" and be sure and drink lots of water after class.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes. Sweatpants and a tee shirt work well or anything else you feel comfortable to exercise in. Be aware that we will be bending over and twisting and moving so make sure your clothes work for that.
- Bring a mat if you have one because you know who has been on it. There are mats to borrow in the studio, plus blocks, straps, blankets, eye bags and more in the studio for your use at no charge. We ask that you wipe down any props you use after class.
- Remove your shoes before entering the studio. There are cubbies and other space in the reception area.
- Bring your water bottle in with you, and sip from it as needed throughout class.
- Turn off your cell phone. Instructors go to great lengths to provide a calming ambiance, and your Katy Perry ring tone will throw it completely off.
- Arrive early and introduce yourself to the instructor. Let him/her know if it’s your first class and that you might need extra guidance for proper pose alignment. Communicate any injuries you have so that he/she can suggest pose modifications for you.
- Use the restroom before class to avoid interruptions later.
- Skip the perfume. The co-mingling of 20 people’s perfumes can be overwhelming, especially for those sensitive to fragrance.
- Please don't talk with your friend or neighbor during class so other students are not distracted.
- Respect savasana. If you must leave class early for some reason, please let the teacher know before-hand and then do so before the class relaxes into corpse pose. Do take at least 5 minutes for savasana for yourself, it is a really important part of the experience.
Here are some tips to help you reduce your risk of injury from yoga (reprinted from WebMD)
- If you are pregnant or have a pre-existing health condition: Consult your health care provider before starting a yoga program. Your health care provider can help you know how to judge what type and level of yoga exercise is safe for you.
- Don’t try learning yoga on your own. Work with an experienced and credentialed instructor to learn the proper way to perform the exercises and avoid injury.
- Yoga is not a substitute for medical care. Yoga offers many health benefits and may even be included as part of some treatment plans. But it’s still important to work closely with your regular health care providers and get proper treatment when you need it.
- Know your limits and stay within them. Before beginning any new type of yoga, ask about its physical demands. Find out how strenuous it is. Talk with the instructor and others who do that type of yoga to be sure it’s suitable for you.
- Go slow. You’re not in competition with anyone else in the class. Learn the basics, such as proper breathing and how to maintain balance, before you attempt the more ambitious stretches.
- Ask questions. If you don’t understand an exercise, ask to see it again before you attempt it yourself,
- Stay hydrated.
- Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Yoga isn’t supposed to hurt. If you feel pain, stop. If the pain persists, see your health care provider. Stop immediately if you have chest pain, feel faint or overheated, or become dizzy. Get immediate medical help if the sensation continues after you stop.