January 24, 2010

New to Yoga?

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:59 pm by DivineShantiYoga

Join us for a FREE “Intro to Yoga” class at the Highland Creek Sports Club on Tuesday, February 23rd 6:30-7:45pm. Here are some helpful hints to feel better prepared:

What do I wear? Like any class that you might take at the gym, you’ll want to wear comfortable (but not too baggy) workout clothes that you can move in like yoga pants, T-shirts, tank tops, etc.  Leave your jeans, belts or excessive jewelry at home, since these will restrict your movement and simply be a distraction. Keep modesty in mind.

What to bring?
You, a Yoga mat, a water bottle if desired. Mostly, we invite you to bring a open mind and an attitude of curiosity! Mats are usually available to borrow or rent.

What to eat?
Simply put, yoga on a full stomach does not feel good! We recommend that you refrain from eating a major meal before class. We know this is sometimes a challenge, particularly for the evening classes that may fall after your typical dinner time. In this case, try to eat a hearty, late lunch, or simply have a light snack before class (like a piece of fruit, yogurt, etc.) to hold you over until after your yoga practice.

What should I do when I arrive?

Please arrive about 10-15 minutes before a class is scheduled to start. This will give you time to register, switch gears mentally and get settled in the  space.  It’s also helpful to let your teacher know if you have any injuries or medical concerns, so he or she can help modify postures for you if necessary.  Arriving late can be very disturbing to your fellow students, since many classes begin with a brief meditation. If you do need to come in after a class has begun, please do so as discretely as possible, and then wait until the end of class to sign-in and pay.

Class Etiquette?
Please turn off you cell phone before class. Please be considerate of your fellow students by not holding extraneous conversations during class, and moving quietly if you need to get up to go to the bathroom or leave for any reason.

What will I do in a yoga class?
While each class is different depending on the style of Yoga and the Yoga teacher, these are components that you will probably experience during a yoga class;
– Warm ups
– Yoga Poses (called “Asanas”)
– Breathing techniques (called “Pranayam”)
– Cool down stretches
– Deep Relaxation / Guided Visualization
– Meditation
Some classes are designed to leave you feeling mellow, while others may energize you. We encourage you to try a few classes to see which style and teacher feels right for you. Always listen to your own body and never force in a yoga class. Your teacher should be able to suggest modifications to poses so that you can get the benefit of the practice without pain or injury. Ultimately, a yoga class should leave you feeling open, relaxed and alive! Once you try it, you’ll see why we keep coming back!

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