- Bring your own mat if you have one and anything else that may help you feel comfortable (meditation cushion to sit on, socks and jumper to keep you warm, perhaps an eyepillow). If you don’t have a mat you can use one of our eco-friendly mats for $2.
- Avoid perfume and strong aftershave or deodorant as others may be sensitive. Natural and subtle deodorants are ideal.
- Wear comfortable clothing that will allow for movement. Wearing layers is ideal in the winter months so that as your body builds heat it will be easier to adjust your clothing.
- It is best not to eat for a few hours before class. If you do need to eat something, have something light and easy to digest (e.g. fruit or yoghurt).
- Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time. Allow yourself ample time to arrive so you can settle in before we begin class. This will also allow you time to discuss any injuries and concerns you may have with your teacher.
- If you are coming for the first time, please print and complete a new student form.
- If you are held up for any reason please enter the room quietly out of respect for the students who have already begun their practice.
- Please leave your mobile phone in the car. If you need to have it on you, please switch if off as silent vibrations from the phone may be disruptive during our deep relaxation.
- Leave your shoes and personal items inside the door, and as you do this, let it be a symbolic “shedding” of your day allowing you to enter the sacred space that is yoga, enabling you to be more present and receive more from your practice.
- Set up your yoga mat slightly staggered from those next to you. Avoid stepping on other students’ mats.
- Enter the room quietly and begin to relax. You may like to set yourself up in savasana (relaxation lying on your back), perhaps a restorative pose or a meditation posture with the eyes closed. Alternatively, there may be some gentle stretches or movements your body is asking for.
- Listen to your body ….your teacher will guide you but ultimately let your body be your teacher. Practice with an attitude of compassion towards yourself and trust and honour your body’s inner wisdom.
- Remember to BREATHE !
- Yoga is non-competitive. So rather than comparing yourself to others, listen to and respect the limitations of your body. Developing a sense of easefulness and kindness towards your body will help you to build a sustainable practice. Take a rest when you need to.
- Enjoy yourself – relax and have some fun. The more of yourself that you can bring to your practice the more you will receive.