Arrive to class 10-15 minutes early.
As respect to your fellow students and instructor, please arrive early to turn off your cell phones and set up your practice area. This time also allows you to prepare your mind and body for practice.
Yoga and eating.
Try to wait 4 hours after a meal or 1 hour after a snack before practicing yoga. Also, use the restroom before class begins. Both of these tips will help you move through the asanas (poses) more comfortably.
Wear comfortable clothing.
Yoga is an activity that requires movement, so clothing you can move in is crucial. Also, yoga is generally done barefoot. Some standing asanas require that our feet grip the mat, and it is also a great way to strengthen the muscles of the feet and ankles.
Play your edge.
Challenge yourself physically, but never push to the point of pain. Realistic goals are valuable, but it is even more important to be aware of your body at each unique moment. What we can achieve one day, may not be attainable the next. Be compassionate with yourself and find contentment with your abilities.
Drink plenty of water after class.
Yoga asanas and breath help to detoxify our bodies. Water will help purge these impurities and help you stay hydrated and energized.
Enjoy your practice and relax.
Yoga is beneficial for our mind, body, and spirit. Allow yourself to make the most of these benefits while you practice. You will find that if you relax, the asanas become easier, the breath more steady, and your mind more calm.
Namasté! (The spirit within me honors the spirit within you!)