What do I do if I am a beginner?
First of all we all understand starting something new can be daunting so try to just relax and don’t stress.
When you arrive at the studio first sign in and please always tell your teacher your name – even if you are a regular the teacher can’t always remember everyone’s name.
Take your shoes and socks off so your feet don’t slip on the mat – yoga is practised barefoot, leaving them in the shoe rack provided. Turn your mobile phone off as we try to provide a calming ambience so you can relax without distractions.
What do I need to bring and wear?
If you have your own yoga mat it is always a good idea to bring it along otherwise you can use the mats at the studio. Also, it is advisable to bring a Mat Towel in case you sweat during your practise and a bottle of water. If you use the studio mat please make sure your wipe the mat clean after use with the mat cleaner provided.
Wear comfortable, breathable, close fitting clothing so the teacher can observe your form and offer any corrections if and when necessary. Wear layers so you can easily remove them as you start to warm up.
Tell your teacher if this is your first time, or if you have any injuries, or any other problems you think the teacher should know about. You can talk to your teacher privately before the class starts so the teacher can provide you with modified poses for you to keep you safe.
Please try and use the toilet before the class begins to avoid disruptions – if you must use the toilet do so quietly as possible.
What if I can’t do all the postures?
Don’t worry if you can’t do all the postures as this is the beauty of yoga. Don’t hesitate to give yourself a break if you need it and just rest in child pose. Don’t hesitate to ask the teacher for assistance if you need it. Don’t forget it only takes few classes to get the hang of yoga.
Yoga teachers can come over to you to adjust a posture if it isn’t quite right. This is part of yoga teaching to correct your posture and to align your body to keep you safe from injury. If you are not comfortable with these hands on form of instruction please say no thanks to adjustment to your teacher at the beginning of the class.
The class will begin slowly with some breathing techniques, guided meditation or gentle stretches depending on the style of yoga and the teacher. This is then followed by yoga postures and afterward finishing with “Savasana” – your final relaxation. It is lovely to snuggle up under a blanket at the end! Blankets are provided but you can always bring your own.
Sanskrit word “Namaste” (Nah-mah-stay) – after your final relaxation at the end of the class the teacher will bow to you with palms together in a prayer position saying “Namaste” (translated – “the divine in me bows to the divine in you”).
If you have to leave early please tell your teacher before the class starts but, try and stay for your final relaxation “Savasana”.
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