Getting ready for your yoga session and arriving at the studio
What to bring
The only essentials are yourself and your yoga mat. You may discover some classic props are helpful ~ a yoga strap, a yoga blanket, and blocks can help make some poses more accessible and comfortable. Class Members bring their own props. I bring a few along with me, so you can try them and see if you find them helpful.
What to wear
Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes that won't restrict your freedom of movement. 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. If you are sensitive about being in bare feet for any reason, you're not alone :-) Please let me know? I'll point you to a site where you can buy special grippy yoga socks.
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?
Before your class
It's best not to eat or drink caffeine in the hour before your session. Or just eat lightly. Avoid nicotine all together, natch!
When to arrive
The doors open 30 minutes before practice starts. You're more than welcome to arrive early and enjoy a some quiet practice on your own. Feel free to come in, choose your mat space and just make yourself comfortable.
Please aim to arrive at least five minutes or so before your session starts so we can be sure to begin on time. If you arrive more than 30 minutes before your session, you may find the door closed.
Please bring valuables into the studio with you, just to be on the safe side.
If you arrive a bit late, don't worry. Come in quietly so as to cause minimal disturbance to other students during the opening meditation and I'll help settle you in.
Don't forget to turn your mobile off or have it on silent.
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, sensible suggestions to help you make the most of your sesh.
Like any form of exercise, it is possible to injure yourself while practicing yoga. At Lotus Leaf we move slowly, moderately and mindfully - it's about as safe as yoga gets. Still please 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 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.
After your class
You're welcome to come up, have a chat with me and ask questions after your class has finished.
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
Enjoy your yoga
I hope you find these tips come in handy. It'll be great to have you join us in this beautiful, life affirming practice. Enjoy your yoga.
Humanist Yoga Teacher
Yoga Alliance Registered / PTLLS
Lotus Leaf Yoga