Things to keep in mind before / during class:
Arrive early. Getting to class about 10 minutes early can help you settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class. Stretch, sit or lie quietly, breathe, and get centered. The doors at the studio will lock 2 minutes prior to class!
Try not to eat or drink 2-3 hours before class. Yoga on a full stomach might cause cramps or nausea, especially in twists, deep forward bends, and inversions. Digesting food can also make you lethargic and diverts your attention during your practice.
Let your 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 simply try a modified version. Our practice changes daily!
Create an intention for class. To help you focus, you might find it helpful to dedicate your practice to a certain intention. It might be for the benefit of a friend, a cause—or even yourself. This might be to become more aware and understanding, more loving and compassionate, or healthier, stronger, and more flexible.
Turn off cell phones and pagers. This is respectful, and ensures a peaceful practice for everyone, which is not disturbed.
Please be quiet. It's great to connect with people you know, but it can be distracting to yourself and others to have an extended or loud conversation.
Bring a towel. The classes will create internal warmth - you will sweat.
Arrive free of scents. Many people have allergies or sensitivities to scents, respect your fellow yogis.
If you have a cold, please don't share it, stay home until you feel better. This is healthier for you as well as your fellow yogis.
Do what you can. 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 kind attitude toward yourself and work from where you are, not from where you think you should be.
Pick up after yourself. Neatly put away any props you use.
Try not to enter late or leave early. This can be disruptive to others. Savasana is the last but most important pose of the yoga practice - try not to skip it!
Please use your classses within the month. There are no roll-over classes.
“Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.”
“Practice and all is coming.”
- Sri K Pattabhi Jois
“Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.”
- Sri K Pattabhi Jois