Guidelines For Yoga Practice.
Here are some guidelines to follow if you are new to the practice.
- Notify the teacher before class of any injuries or medical conditions that may affect your ability to practice certain postures.
- Be kind to yourself. Respect your body and the signals it is sending you. Pain is a signal that you must stop what you are doing immediately. Ask for a modification if one was not already provided.
- Practice in bare feet. This allows you to feel the floor more easily and prevent slipping.
- Take breaks as often as needed, resting in child pose. Your practice should not deplete you.
- Hatha yoga practice requires an empty stomach. Allow a couple of hours after your last large meal. If needed, eat only a small snack an hour before class. It is also preferable to hydrate before class, as yoga practice often requires bending forward and twisting.
- Maintain a quiet and peaceful yoga space by avoiding any needless conversation. Unnecessary chatter is disruptive and takes your focus away from your personal experience. Relevant questions and concerns are always welcome.
- Arrive a few minutes early and sit quietly on your mat ready to begin promptly. This is an opportunity for centering yourself and for quiet reflection.
- If using, place your blocks and strap at the front of your mat for easy access during class.
- Keep your eyes on your own mat, remembering that yoga is not a competition. Do not compare your practice to someone else’s.
- At the end of practice return all props, straps and blankets neatly to their appropriate place after use.
- Feel free to ask questions related to your personal situation after class, when the instructor can give you her undivided attention.