Guidelines for attending Yoga classes

You can download guidelines for attending Pregnancy Yoga Classes here [PDF document]

  • Arrive BEFORE the published start time of the class with plenty of time to change and set up. Be ready on your mat, quietly focused in time for the beginning of the class. Late arrivals disturb other students and the energy and flow of the class.  In most of our venues, the doors will be locked once the class has started, and the teacher won’t leave the class to answer the door.
  • Please come to class clean and free of strong scents.
  • Remove your shoes before entering the yoga room.
  • Ensure your mobile phone is not just turned to silent but is switched off.
  • Please remove your socks and work barefoot during asana practice. You can put your socks on for relaxation at the end if you wish.
  • Don’t have anything substantial to eat for at least a couple of hours before class. If you’re hungry, a small snack such as fruit or a yogurt should keep you going until afterwards.
  • Hydrate well by drinking water both before and after class. It is better to avoid drinking during the class though.
  • Please come with money to pay for your class. We accept cash or cheques.
  • Please let the teacher know before the class if you  are working with any injuries or illnesses (however minor), if you have any health concerns,  or if you are pregnant.
  • Yoga is non-competitive. Work within your own capacity and respect your body.

What to wear

Wear loose comfortable clothing that you can stretch in e.g. leggings, track pants, shorts and a (fitted) T shirt or vest top.  There are special yoga clothes, but there is no need to spend lots of money on these. Yoga is practised in bare feet and we will tend to insist on this, especially for standing postures but you may wish to wear socks for relaxation at the end to keep your feet warm. It’s also worthwhile bringing a jumper or fleece that you can put on at the end of class.

Equipment

We don’t tend to use props other than a yoga mat and sometimes a cushion for sitting in meditation. In  gentle, restorative  and YIN Classes, you may wish to use a cushion, blocks or blanket for under the hips or knees.  If you have a yoga mat, please bring one. We do have  a few yoga mats which be  borrowed in the short term. However, if you want to keep practising yoga, it’s a good idea, for reasons of hygiene etc. to purchase your own mat. Click on the link below to be taken to the Yoga Matters Website where you can order one. For your own comfort you may wish to bring a blanket or something warm to cover yourself up with during relaxation.

Yogamatters

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