DO arrive early. Getting to class about 10 minutes early can help you settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class. While you’re waiting you can practice a pose, stretch, or just sit or lie quietly, breathe, and get centered. Remember to honor others around you, they may want to meditate before class.
DON’T eat or drink for two to three hours before class. If you practice yoga on a full stomach, you might experience cramps, nausea, or vomiting, especially in twists, deep forward bends, and inversions. Digesting food also takes energy that can make you lethargic.
DO let your teacher know about injuries before class starts and any 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.
DO create an intention for practice. Focus towards becoming more aware and understanding of your body, more loving and compassionate towards others, or healthier, stronger, and more skillful. You might focus on a friend, a cause – or just yourself.
DON’T bring pagers or cell phones to class. Leave socializing and business outside the studio, so the peace of the practice will not be disturbed.
DO be quiet. It’s great to share a class with people you know, but it can be distracting to have an extended or loud conversation.
DO bring a towel if you perspire a lot and arrive clean and free of scents that might distract or offend others or people that have allergies. Cancer survivors and patients are greatly affected by these scents.
DON’T push it. Instead of trying to go as deeply or completely into a pose as others might be able to do, do what you can without straining or injuring yourself. You’ll go farther faster if you take a loving attitude toward yourself and work from where you are, not from where you think you should be.
DO pick up and neatly put away any props you use. If you’re using our mats and eye pillows just place them in the special bin to have them sanitized after use.
DON’T enter class late or leave early; it’s disruptive to others.