Getting ready for your yoga session and arriving at the studio
What to bring
The only essentials are yourself and your yoga mat. Other props are available to try out on the Beginners Course. If you find a prop works well for you, you can purchase it easily from the Lotus Leaf Prop Shop.
What to wear
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. Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes that won't restrict your freedom of movement in any way. They'll help Fran to observe and assist with the alignment of your knees, hips and spine in a pose. Wearing layers is a good idea, because you tend to warm up and cool down in the course of your practice. Soft, warm blankets are available for your comfort in deep relaxation, at the end of your session.
Our yoga space
The Quaker Centre is a beautiful place of sanctuary for Milton Keynes Quakers, Lotus Leaf yogis 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, it's OK. Open the door of the studio slowly and quietly. Tiptoe in and sit down near the door until the opening meditation is over. Then we can quickly sort out your mat, and you can join in the practice.
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 always suggest practicing informally, when you have a few moments free, each day. Alongside this, see if you can find time to start a formal home practice of between
5 minutes and an hour or more every day ~ mornings before breakfast are great for this, or anytime before eating. The more you practice, the deeper into yoga you go!
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 completely non-competitive. Try not to bother about what other students are doing. Enjoy keeping your attention on yourself, and your yoga teacher. This is your time, your practice. It doesn't matter what the person on the next mat is doing.
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? Thanks. Here's my number for your phone: 07 514 777 777
The warmest 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.
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
Lotus Leaf Yoga