The point of a yoga practise is not to force yourself into painful contortions but to experience, observe and regulate the sensations that arise from the postures, breathing and meditation. We are all different and we all have our own unique combination of strengths and weaknesses.
During your classes we will practise pranayama (breathing) and asana (posture) and end each session with a short relaxation.
Remember to eat enough calories and fluids to sustain you for your yoga workout. Your body needs energy to practise yoga. However do not practise on a full stomach. Try to leave at least 1.5 hours between a full meal and your yoga class.
Know your capabilities, do not overwork your body. If any posture hurts come out of it slowly and carefully and rest.
There is one rule to follow regarding rest: if you need a rest, take one. It is not what you do but how you do it that is more important.
Breathe in and out through your nose. Every breath you take should be smooth, soft and steady – check it constantly.
If you are injured, unwell or have restricted mobility please check with your doctor before starting.
Wear loose clothing and go bare foot.
Drink plenty of water before and after your practice.
Don’t worry if you can’t get into a posture. Yoga is non-competitive. It does not matter what everyone else can do. Simply be aware of what you can do and enjoy your own progress. Be patient and feel your way to your own version of the asana.