Before the Class
Avoid eating for 2-3 hours before class. Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. If you need to, about 1 hour before the class, eat a light and easily digestible snack.
Drink water about 1 hour prior to your yoga practice to ensure that you are well hydrated. Please note that drinking water during class is discouraged since this dampens the internal fire created during a yoga practice. For this reason water bottles are generally not permitted in the practice space.
Observe good personal hygiene ensuring that your clothes and body are odour-free.
It is very important to be scent-free on practice days. Avoid perfumes, colognes, fragrances or other scented items (including scented laundry products).
Wear comfortable, lightweight, stretchy, layered clothing that allow your body to move freely.
Arrive at least 10 minutes early for every class so you are not rushed and can prepare for class calmly and settle in slowly.
Classes begin on time and the door will remain locked once class has started (latecomers will not be allowed entry).
If you are menstruating, a gentle yoga practice or complete rest is suggested. Inform the teacher if you are pregnant.
During cold and flu season please rest at home if you have a fever with muscle aches and pains.
Once You Arrive
Remove your shoes and socks. Yoga is usually practiced with bare feet.
Turn off (or set to silent mode) your cell phone and other electronic devices before entering the studio. Note: The wearing of fitness tracking, on-wrist navigation devices during practice is discouraged.
For your safety, chewing gum is not permitted. Dispose of chewing gum in the garbage bin before entering the practice area.
If you have injuries, physical limitations or concerns please quietly speak with the teacher before class begins.
At the Studio 71 Yoga home studio, yoga mats are provided, as well as all other props that may be needed for your practice such as bolsters, blankets, blocks, yoga straps and eye pillows.
For many practitioners their yoga mat is a safe, sacred place. For this reason please avoid stepping on the yoga mats (except the one you are using).
During the Class
Take Child’s Pose or another resting pose any time you feel the need to rest, and rejoin the practice when you are ready.
Follow the teacher’s cues but always respect the wisdom of your body. Modify the practice so it best suits your particular needs. If you are unsure of how to appropriately modify a pose feel free to ask the teacher for assistance. Keep in mind that this is your yoga practice and you are responsible for listening to your body.
In addition to verbal instructions the teacher may: 1) use her hands to gently 'correct' a posture; 2) provide 'guidance' by showing you the direction to take in a posture; 3) use a hands-on technique to provide an 'adjustment' that allows you to go deeper into a posture. It's OK to simply say "no thank you" if a hands-on approach is not for you on any given day.
After the Class
Clean up your immediate area returning props and accessories to the storage areas.
The teacher will clean and sanitize the yoga mats after each class.
Speak with the teacher after class if you have any questions or concerns about your yoga practice.
Take all your personal belongings with you. Double check to make sure that you have everything before you leave.
Be patient and kind to yourself as you progress in your yoga practice.
Enjoy your practice and consider making your yoga commitment an investment in yourself that is non-negotiable!