Yoga is a physical exercise as well as an exercise in relaxation. The poses, or asanas, exercise your mind and spirit as well as your body. Whether you are a novice or advanced in yoga techniques, there are several do’s and don’ts to get the most out of your class.
Do be on time
In fact, it is to your benefit to arrive at least 10 minutes early. Arriving early means you will be there when the instructor comes in. It is considered rude to arrive late, after the doors have closed, or to leave before class is over. Being early also means that you can stretch or just relax for a few minutes.
Don’t do yoga on a full stomach
It is recommended not to eat 2 or 3 hours before class. Make sure to have a light snack at least 3 hours before class. However, if you eat prior to engaging in yoga, it can cause cramping. This can also lead to nausea and even vomiting. Allow plenty of time for your food to digest.
Do turn off your cell phone
This will disrupt everyone in the class if there is a phone ringing. Yoga is a time for meditation and focusing on you. Your business and personal life should be checked at the door.
Don’t wear shoes during class
Most people practice yoga poses (asanas) barefoot.
Do respect yoga products
If you are borrowing a mat during class, please be sure to clean it and put it away when done with it. Other yoga props should be returned to their location when you are done with them as well.
Don’t speak during class. It is important to focus your concentration on the yoga meditation and yoga poses. It will not only affect your concentration, but it will also affect the concentration of others in the class if you talk during class.
Do inform your teacher of any injuries
Conditions that could affect your practice should be made known. Your teacher may be able to provide you with modified versions of poses.
Don’t push yourself too hard
Approach your yoga poses from where you are instead of where you think you should be. This helps prevent injury during your poses.
Do bring a towel
During class, limit your towel usage to wiping the sweat off your hands. Do not constantly wipe sweat off yourself. It is disruptive to your poses as well as to others in the class.
Don’t skip savasana
The savasana is the final pose in any yoga session. It is also called final relaxation, as it is a resting pose. This pose allows you to reflect on any new information you learned while practicing yoga. It is a perfect opportunity for meditation, so be sure to honor the silence.
Following these tips will enhance your yoga session. Being respectful toward your teacher, fellow yoga students, and the yoga products will help you achieve inner peace. Yoga will allow you to take your strength and self-awareness to the next level.