Getting to class 15 minutes early will help you do this. But if some of our evening classes are too crowded for you, consider other sessions. Daytime classes are typically less crowded.
Give yourself at least 10 classes to get comfortable with yoga. You’ll be using your muscles in a different way, so be prepared to be sore — because it’s hard.
Bring a mat, towel and water to every class. For less than the cost of a pair of running shoes, you can invest in a quality mat that will last many years. Towels help put a hygienic layer underneath you, can be used to cover your eyes in savasana and add traction during postures. Water is vital for a healthy body. Drink water before, during and after class. Bring a refillable canteen… you won’t regret it and your body will thank you.
The studio is kept at between 85ºF to 95ºF. Heat helps the detoxification process and helps warm up your muscles.
Wear clothes that are comfortable and move freely. Loose clothes are bound to end up around your head rather than around your body. Cotton isn’t the best choice as it gets heavy and clingy when wet — and by wet, we mean sweaty.
During any class, feel free to take a rest. Go ahead – lie down on your back or belly. Believe it or not: Whether you are a new yoga student or you’ve been practicing for many years, resting is a sign of strength and often gives others permission to do the same.
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
- B.K.S. Iyengar