Getting ready for your yoga session and arriving at the studio
What to bring
The only essentials are yourself and your yoga mat.
What to wear
Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes that won't restrict your freedom of movement in any way.
We practice in bare feet. Just slip your shoes and socks off outside the studio door.
There are coat stands by the entrance in the hall. Please bring valuables into the studio with you, just to be on the safe side.
At the end of each practice we lie down for ten minutes for deep relaxation. Your body cools down. You can't relax if you feel a bit cold! So bring whatever you feel you may need to make sure you stay warm and comfortable... socks, a cardi, or a throw perhaps?
Our yoga space
The Quaker Centre is a beautiful place of sanctuary for Milton Keynes Quakers, Lotus Leaf members and the Quakers' other friends. Please arrive quietly, as if you were entering a library. Because there are likely to be people in deep relaxation, or meditation, or counselling close by as you arrive.
When to arrive
It's good to arrive five or ten minutes or so before your session. So you can hang your coat up, slip your shoes off, turn your mobile off, choose your mat space and begin to settle down.
Try and arrive in good time. Still if you arrive a bit late, don't worry, it's OK. Come in quietly and just sit down near the door until the opening meditation is over. I'll greet you and we can sort out your mat space. And you're ready to join in .
Where to wait?
If the studio door's open please feel free to come in, choose your mat space and just make yourself comfortable. If an earlier class is in progress when you arrive, please wait quietly in the hallway. It's fine to perch on the low window sills, if there isn't a free seat.
Before your class
It's best not to eat before your session, or just eat lightly. Try to avoid caffeine for an hour or so before class. And avoid nicotine all together, natch!
How often should I practice?
Alongside your regular weekly shared practice, I'll encourage you to practice at home a little each day.
Before you start your course, have a think about when would be a good time in your day to start your home practice. If you can only find 5 minutes a day - it's a great start!
If you fall in love with yoga, you may find your self happily spending longer - maybe 60-90 minutes a day.
Mornings before breakfast are great for this, or anytime before eating. The more you practice, the more engaging yoga becomes.
I have a injury or a health issue... should I practice?
Please let me know about any issues you feel may affect your ability to practice comfortably before we start the session. I'll offer you some practical advice in view of your issue, from a yoga point of view.
Please do take responsibility for your practice. Listen to what your body is telling you. If you ever feel a pose isn't right for you on any given day, it's perfectly normal and good practice to just back off and rest up in a comfortable position.
It's really important to consult your GP if you're in any doubt at all about the suitability of yoga practice for you.
Relax and feel at home
Yoga is a gentle, non-competitive practice. It's your body, your yoga.
It doesn't matter what the person on the next mat is doing. Enjoy keeping your focus of attention on yourself, and your teacher.
Held up or can't make it?
If you can't make your weekly practice or you're held up please send me a text, just to let me know? It's a great help. Here's my number for your phone: 07 514 777 777
You're really welcome!
I hope you find these tips come in handy. It'll be lovely to see you join us in this beautiful, healthy, life affirming practice. Enjoy your yoga.
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
Lotus Leaf Yoga