If you have never been to a yoga class before, you may have a few concerns and questions. That's ok! It's completely normal! Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. Here are a few FAQ's.
1) What should I wear to yoga? What you should wear to yoga depends on the type of class you are attending. I offer Hatha yoga classes which are based on proper alignment. The best option for this type of class is tight (but not too tight!) fitting clothing that is breathable and will stay in place as you move through the poses.
2) How early should I arrive to class? You should arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start time of class. This way you can get a spot in the room you are comfortable in. Teachers like to start on time as often as possible to maximize your class time.
3) What if I'm late? If you arrive late it is not the end of the world! Please, be quiet when entering the room especially if the class is in quiet meditation when you arrive. You should sit right on the floor and wait until meditation is over before unrolling your mat and grabbing your props. We meditate before we start to clear our minds of clutter and if you are making noise as you settle in, it can be disturbing to your fellow students.
4) What do I do once I arrive? After you arrive, introduce yourself to your teacher (that's me!) and please let them know if you have any injuries, especially recent ones, so that modifications can be offered. Remember to BREATHE and have FUN!
A few other important things...
Please turn off your phone before class. If you need to have your phone close by due to an extenuating circumstance, please let your instructor know before the start of class.
NOsmoking right before class. NO perfume or super smelly lotions etc. There may be a student who is sensitive to certain smells and we would like to be respectful to everyone who attends class.
DO NOT step on anyone's mat with your shoes on. The bottom of shoes are beyond dirty. I cannot express this one enough :)
At the end of each class we all do a pose called Savasana or Corpse Pose. This pose is just as important as all of the others that we practice so please do not get up and leave in the middle of it. It is a way of saying 'thank you' to your body. If you must leave class early, please let me know before the start of class and you may exit before we settle in Savasana.
Namaste pronounced (Nah-mas-tay) is a greeting used frequently in India. It simply means "I honor you." It is used as 'hello' and 'goodbye' here in the States.