Making your experience better

MAXIMIZING YOUR YOGA EXPERIENCE

Give yourself plenty of time to get to class and acclimate. It’s best to arrive 10 or 15 minutes early — and with an empty stomach. If you do arrive a few minutes late, take a breath, unravel your mat outside and enter as slowly and quietly as you can. Consider being prompt as a part of your practice

Be kind and loving to yourself. Accept where you are and know that each day on the mat is different. Rest if you want or need to. Let yourself surrender enough to have an experience. Remember: no matter where or when we begin yoga, it is perfect

Focus on what the teacher is saying and doing. Take verbal or hands-on corrections in the spirit of friendly guidance

Abandon the competitive mindset. Yoga is non-competitive. Not simply a "work out," it is a practice that makes the body stronger, more flexible and healthier. Its aim is to calm the mind, open the heart and accelerate our spiritual evolution. So don’t compare yourself to others. Listen to your body and do what you can without straining or injuring yourself

Let the teacher know about injuries or conditions that might affect your practice. If you are injured or tired, skip poses you can’t or shouldn’t do — or try a modified version

Never bring a cell phone or pager into the studio. Put the events of the day aside and create a little yoga oasis for yourself

Do not wear perfume. You may love your perfume or oil, but others won’t — and people with allergies can suffer from it. If possible, bathe prior to class

Acquire and use your own yoga mat. We provide house mats as a convenience — but it is more hygienic to use your own

 

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