Getting ready for your yoga session and arriving at the studio
Our yoga space
We practice at the Crypt at Camphill - a creative community supporting adults with learning differences. If you come in the morning, there's a brilliant cafe/restaurant that serves the best scone and jam in Milton Keynes. And a little shop too, with delicious home baked bread.
There are directions to the Crypt on the site here. It's at the tail end of the Chrysalis Theatre.
Parking's free. There'll be an A-board on the main drive pointing the pathway to the studio entrance.
Please arrive quietly, as if you were entering a library. Because there are likely to be people in silent relaxation, or meditation close by.
What to bring
The only essentials are yourself and your yoga mat and a water bottle, in case you feel thristy.
What to wear
Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes that won't restrict your freedom of movement in any way. We practice in bare feet because feet are sensitive and grippy. Socks are too slippy. So please slip your shoes and socks off outside the studio door.
At the end of each practice we lie down for ten minutes for deep relaxation. Your body cools down. So please bring along whatever you feel you may need to make sure you stay warm and comfortable... socks, a cardi, or a throw perhaps?
When to arrive
It's good to arrive five or ten minutes or so before your session. If you come more than fifteen minutes before, you may find the front door closed.
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 very quietly in the little foyer because there are likely to be people in silent relaxation, or meditation close by. I'll call you in to the yoga space when the class finishes. Just choose any mat space and begin to settle down.
There are some chairs in the little foyer. There are coat hooks by the door. Please bring valuables into the studio with you, just to be on the safe side.
Please remember to turn your mobile off or have it on silent.
Try and arrive in good time. Still if you arrive a bit late, don't worry. 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 .
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!
Injuries or conditions that may affect your practice
Please let me know before the start of each practice if you have any issues you feel may affect your ability to move comfortably. It just means I can offer you some practical suggestions to help you make the most of your sesh.
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 so 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.
Humanist Yoga Teacher
Lotus Leaf Yoga