Here are some ways to get more out of your yoga 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.
Equipment. I provide yoga mats, blankets, blocks and straps to use during classes but feel free to bring your own.
Bring a towel or your own mat if you sweat a lot.
Don't eat for two hours before class. If you practice yoga on a full stomach, you might experience cramps, nausea, or vomiting. Digesting food also takes energy that can make you lethargic.
Please respect the silence in the yoga room. If you are a bit late, simply find yourself a mat and lie down in relaxation, so as to calm your mind and body before yoga.
Let me know about injuries or conditions that might affect your practice. If you had surgery, are pregnant, have high blood pressure, are injured or tired, skip poses you can't or shouldn't do, or try a modified version.
Don't push it. 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 loving attitude toward yourself and work from where you are, not from where you think you should be.
Yoga is Energy. If you feel nauseous, have a headache or other complaints after yoga, it can be due to a variety of factors. Yoga postures or asanas stimulate many systems of the body, and elicit many processes, as for example, the elimination of toxins. When these toxins circulate through the body, you may experience physical effects. Other causes for feeling uncomfortable may be mental. Speak with the teacher for advice and guidance. It’s not abnormal to be emotional during or after yoga (sorrow, joy, anger, bliss, etc.). Observe arising and passing emotions and… breathe!
The risk of injury, even serious or disabling, is always present and cannot be entirely eliminated as is the case with any physical activity. If you experience any pain or discomfort, listen to your body, discontinue the activity, and ask for support from the instructor. Continue to breathe smoothly. Full responsibility for any and all damages, which may incur through participation are assumed by the practitioner.