WHAT TO EXPECT IN OUR CLASSES
Our classes address the physical,
mental and emotional facets of an individual, bringing them
into harmony and balance. The
mind becomes clear and calm, and the body releases tension.
One of our yoga classes, for example, typically begins with centering
and bringing the focus internally. From here we move into postures and movements
(asanas), being guided by our own comfort. Postures and
movements are structured appropriately for the level and style
of the class and are designed to develop strength and flexibility,
to stimulate and tone the body’s internal glands and organs
and to balance the nervous system. From here, we practice
some specific breathing techniques (pranayama). At the end of the class there is a guided deep relaxation and/or
meditation, to give the body a chance to assimilate the benefits
from the yoga poses.
All classes range in length from 45 to 60 minutes.
WHAT TO BRING TO A CLASS
Wear loose, comfortable clothes
An empty stomach. Please try not to eat for an hour or
two before coming to class. For those that are pregnant
or do need to eat, however, we suggest a light snack of yogurt
A sense of humor
Yoga mat; we do provide mats at the studio; however, it
is more hygenenic to use your own mat. A variety of yoga mats are available at the studio for purchase.
Blankets, blocks, straps and pillows
are available at the studio for your convenience. If
your class is outside the studio, you are welcome to bring
whatever props you need for your comfort.
Give yourself enough time to get to class. If you do arrive
late, unroll your mat outside the studio or classroom and enter
as quietly as you can. Consider being prompt as part of
Be guided by your comfort. Accept where you are and know
that each day on the mat is different. Rest if you want
or need to. The instructor may show modifications for poses,
but let your comfort guide your movements.
Let go of any competitiveness. You
are not in competition with anyone else in the class. Yoga is non-competitive. Each person has a practice that makes
the body stronger, more flexible and healthier, and everyone
has their own pace. Your class time is all about you.
Let the instructor know about injuries
or conditions that might affect you. If you
are injured or tired, don’t
push yourself too hard. Try a modified pose or just rest
for a few moments.