How to prepare for your yoga practice

 
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I have never been to a yoga class before, where do I start? We offer a beginners workshop in the studio which is led by Jessica Dewar. You are welcome to start with these sessions where you will learn the fundamentals of the practice in a Hatha style class in a safe environment. You are also welcome to come to any class on the schedule! Your teacher will always offer modifications and support you.

Where should I practice? The studio space is always there for you, but if you are practicing at home, choose a quiet, clean and pleasant room, which is well ventilated but not drafty.

What class style should I choose? There is no right or wrong class style to choose! We offer many different options for you to choose from and you may choose simply based on the time of day or how you are feeling. For example you may feel like starting the day with an invigorating Vinyasa practice and then closing the day with a relaxing Yin class. You can find more information on our class styles in the Classes tab on the website.

Is there a time of the day that is best for me to practice? Again, there is no right or wrong here. Traditionally, it is recommended that you practice in the morning as this is the time of the day where the body is fresh and the mind is the most clear. However, if you are not a morning person and the evening works better for you, this doesn’t mean that you’re practicing at the wrong time! Listen to your body and choose a time that suits you, remembering that everyday is different.

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What should my mindset be? There is no particular mindset that you should be in to practice. Sometimes you will feel positive and excited to practice, other times it may feel like it takes more effort. What ever your mindset is, it is important to always use gentleness and be kind to your body without judgement. Use common sense in your practice for whatever mindset you are in.

What should I wear? You should wear loose, comfortable clothing during your practice that allows you to move freely. It is recommended you remove jewelry for comfort and avoid wearing socks to help with your grip and stability.

What do I need to practice? You will need a yoga mat! It is recommended that you use your own yoga mat as you may feel more comfortable with this. If you are purchasing your own mat, try to avoid the cheaper thicker ones as these types of mats are great for the gym but not so great for yoga as you will find that balancing asanas will be much harder and you may slip due to lack of grip.

If you do not have your own mat, you are more than welcome to hire a mat at the studio for a gold coin donation.

Can I eat or drink before I practice? It is best to avoid eating anything heavy for three hours before you practice although light snacks can be eaten up to one hour before. It is best to make sure you are well hydrated before too, especially when the weather is warmer. Also, be sure to go to the toilet before your practice.

Is there anything that I should eat to benefit my practice? A balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals is recommended. Grains, pulses, fresh fruit and vegetables with minimal milk products are excellent for the body.

What if I feel nervous before I come to my first class? It is normal to feel nervous before you do anything new! But relax! There is no judgement or competition in our studio, it is a space for you to feel comfortable, relax and breathe.

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What should I do during my practice? It is important that you listen to your body and listen to your limits. If you push or strain your body at any time this can cause injury. If you are practicing in the studio, it is recommended that you listen to the instruction of your teacher before trying to attempt more advanced postures (asanas). It is also important to remember that you can rest anytime during your class in resting poses which your teacher will encourage and show how to do if you’re unsure.

How will I feel during or after my class? If you are new to yoga, various symptoms may be experienced during and/or following your first session/class which are the result of purification of toxins within the body. Sensations of itching, tingling, hot or cold flushes, feelings of lightness or heaviness may occur. These experiences are very normal and generally temporary, but if they do continue then you are welcome to discuss with your teacher.

Can I still practice if I am taking any medications? It is important to advise your teacher of any medications you are currently taking as some postures (asanas) may need to be avoided.

Can I still practice if I am pregnant? You should always consult your doctor if you are looking to practice while you are pregnant, but of course! There are always modifications available if needed.

Is there anything I should never do when I practice? It is important that you never practice under the influence of medications that contain narcotics or alcohol.

What if I don’t feel like practicing? This is the best time to practice! There are days that you will feel like getting on your mat is the biggest challenge and days where you will be more flexible than other days. Your body is constantly changing so it’s important to always be gentle with yourself, especially on days when your practice feels a little more challenging.

Is there anything else I should know? Have fun! Relax and be kind to yourself.