Many people step into their first yoga class not knowing what to expect.
There are so many styles to choose from. Part of an individual’s yoga journey is
finding the right style.
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Also, there are any number of challenges that we can walk in with:
Injury / Surgery
Excessive tightness from running, cycling, etc.
Emotional issues related to grief, illness or trauma
Recovery from substances or food issues
It’s important to understand that yoga should be a safe place and that there is no expectation or pressure on how well you can get into a pose or what garment you wear (just make sure YOU feel comfortable in them).
Some practical things you can do to help make
your yoga experience a positive one:
A blanket makes for an excellent prop that can used used as an aid to get into certain poses, for sitting comfortably, and to cover up with during the final rest period. Blocks and straps can be used as well to help students to get into certain poses. Even keeping a chair close to your mat can help in getting up and down. These things will all be learned as you continue coming to class. Always approach the teacher before class if you have any specific concerns. The teacher will do their best to suggest alternatives.
Try to avoid large meals 2 hours before class (trust me on this!)
A few pre-class snacks suggestions: apple, energy bar, banana, peanut butter, avocado, raisins, walnuts, almonds, cashews… (skip the processed peanut butter with added oils and salt/sugar). Also, drinking a reasonable amount of water 30 minutes helps is a good thing to do. It gives your body time to absorb the H2O. This helps make you feel less parched. You can keep a water bottle with you but as your continue to deepen your practice you will find you need to sip less during class
As much as possible, try to avoid heavy or processed food!!!
Yoga is a time for us to experience something beyond our everyday lives of tasks, meetings and deadlines. Please be mindful of how you enter the space. Friendliness towards each other is encouraged but many are there to experience some serenity and calm. Being mindful about our noise volume is appreciated. A softer entry is best in order to foster a sense of calm and peace. Oh…and it’s not a bad idea to put the cell phone into the OFF position! 🙂
There is no competition, judgement or criticism in the practice of yoga. Adjustments and individual direction are sometimes part of the process, but only as a way to ensure safe alignment or to assist a student in getting into a pose.
On any given day…based on the weather or preceding events…we are where we are emotionally. So, practicing mindfulness and compassion towards ourselves and our yoga neighbors is part of being in a yoga community
We are all in this together. We are creating a shala, which means “house”
in Sanskrit…or community. It’s an exciting and beautiful thing!
We are building a shala!
I always welcome feedback on what you like, don’t like or would like to have included.
Feel free to share your thoughts in person or via email 🙂
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