Your First Yoga Class Facts | BODY SOUL YOGA SURREY
What is yoga?
First Class Facts | What is the meaning of yoga? To join- and is often interpreted to mean the union of mind, body and soul. Yoga is said to provide balance and harmony. One element of yoga is a physical workout, the postures. But it's not just a workout; it's a spiritual practice that makes the body stronger, more flexible, and generally healthier. We use the breath, pranayama, and other yogic techniques and principles. The aim is to calm the mind, open the heart and stimulate your spiritual evolution!
Before you come to class
Empty StomachYoga is practised on an empty stomach, so try not to eat for 2-3 hours before a class. this will make your practice more comfortable.
Clothing It is best to practice yoga in bare feet, so please take off your shoes and socks when you arrive. Our feet have tiny receptors on the bottom, so we can feel the earth beneath us. Practising in bare feet also helps our balance and provides a natural grip.
Try to wear loose, comfortable clothing, so that there are no restrictions around the limbs, joints, or waist and try not to wear a hood. A top with an elastic waistband is also a good idea so clothing doesn't ride up, when you are upside down. Before commencing your practice please remove spectacles, watches or any jewellery.
Equipment The only things you will need to bring with you to class are a bottle of water and a yoga mat; but we do have mats you can use, blocks, belts, bricks, blankets and eye pillows.
Arrival at class
Beginners Tell the teacher if it's your first class (you probably won't be the only one). And please complete the confidential health questionnaire, as fully as you are able, so your teacher knows as much about you as possible. The questionnaire will be give to you when you arrive. If you do have a pre-existing problem or condition, there are ways to adjust the postures to suit you.
Early arrivals are fine Please try to come to class a few minutes early. Consider being prompt as part of your practice. There is nothing worse than feeling stressed before you arrive and running up the road to be on time. It also ensures that your teacher and the rest of the class are not disturbed by your late arrival. Unfortunately if the class has started, you will be unable to join the class.
Turn off your phone When you arrive please turn off your phone to silent and the vibrate should also be off; so as not to disturb the rest of the class or your own practice.
During your yoga class
Non-competitiveness Feel free to look around and follow what other students are doing, especially if the teacher does not demonstrate every pose. However, keep in mind that you may be looking at more advanced students, so do not compare yourself to them. Every one learns at their own pace. And we are all made differently so some people are naturally more flexible, supple or stronger than others. Do your best but let go of a competitive mindset.
Breathing Always remember to breathe in and out of your nose unless asked to do otherwise; but do let your teacher know if you have trouble doing this. Do not hold or strain the breath while in postures/asana.
Awareness Throughout your yoga practice try and be aware of what you are doing. Try to concentrate on the sensations you feel in the body and on your breath.
Don’t pull or strain – Never force or strain. Relax briefly between each posture if you need to. If you feel pain or strain, stop and tell your teacher. Listen to your body. As you do yoga more regularly, you may notice that you become increasingly supple and stronger.
Injury/illness – If you have an injury/illness/medical condition, you should advise your teacher in the confidential health questionnaire. If your medical condition changes then it is for you to let the teacher know of any changes or deterioration in your condition. If in doubt please also consult you GP/medical advisor.
Menstration Some people advise that you don’t do inversions, for example: handstands, shoulder stands, headstands; and alternative positions will be provided in class.
PregnancyPlease tell your teacher if you suspect, or if you are, pregnant. The class can be adjusted to suit you. However, it is important to check with your doctor, midwife that yoga is suitable for you.
Adjustment During the class your teacher may adjust you into a more suitable position or apply pressure so you are pushed deeper into position. If you would prefer not to be adjusted please let your teacher know before the class starts.
Relaxation- The class will end with a relaxation session. This is an important part of the class and students are encouraged to stay for the duration of the lesson. Relaxation gives the body an opportunity to assimilate all of the benefits of the postures you have just done; and also counteracts stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Enjoy and try again- Please enjoy the class and please come back again.