What to know before you come to your first yoga class:
First: you are very welcome! No need in these classes to worry that you don’t have as much experience as others. There are things in your life that you can do well that the other students and teacher can’t even imagine doing. Yoga is a practice, there is no perfection. If you keep coming to class and practicing, you will soon get the hang of it.
Try to come 5-10 minutes early to introduce yourself. You will be asked about any injuries or other physical limitations you might have and also to complete a very brief health questionnaire.
You should wear comfortable, loose clothing, but not so loose that your clothes are falling off or falling over your head. You may want to wear layers on your top half so that you can keep yourself cool as you warm up during the practice.
You will be practicing in your bare feet as socks are too slippery. Please remove your shoes when you enter the room. You can leave them along the wall.
Although mats are provided, you may want to bring your own if you have one. People can have very strong feelings about their mats. Try not to step or walk on another person’s mat if you can help it.
Yoga is very much an inward facing activity—once you are practicing the poses and the breathing you really shouldn’t get distracted by what your neighbour can or can’t do. The practice of yoga is for you to explore what you can do and how far you can go.
You may be asked to do things with your body that you’ve either forgotten how to do or that you’ve simply never tried to do before. Just give it a go. If it doesn’t work for you, it’s not the end of the world. And if it feels hard, that’s okay. Part of yoga is trying to find and work at the edge of what you are capable of. Pushing beyond that edge leads to injury, but the edge itself is a place that you should explore and develop when you practice.
You should try not to come to class after eating a big meal. Some people say that you should not eat anything at all 2-3 hours before you practice.
The class will involve various physical postures (asana) and also breathing exercises (pranayama). There will be a nice period of relaxation at the end (savasana). Try not to leave during the relaxation period. It disturbs the other students in the class.
Mobile phones should of course be on silent.
If you have any questions or comments or suggestions, please feel free to either raise them with the teacher after the class or send her an email on jenniyoga1 AT gmail DOT com
Finally, the most important yoga pose is always a smile. Even as you explore your edge, you should be enjoying yourself!