Getting ready for your yoga session and arriving at the studio
Our yoga space
We practice at the Crypt at Camphill, Willen Park, Milton Keynes. There are directions to the Crypt on the site here.
You can park free in the Camphill carparks. The Crypt is tucked away at the tail end of the Chrysalis Theatre. There'll be a sign on the main drive pointing the pathway to the studio entrance.
What to bring
The only essentials are yourself and your yoga mat and a water bottle, in case you feel thirsty.
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?
When to arrive
It's good to arrive five minutes or so before your session. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your session, so as not to disturb the deep relaxation of the class before you.
Where to wait?
The studio door will be open 15 minutes before the start of your class. Please feel free to come in, choose your mat space and just make yourself comfortable. Please bring valuables into the studio with you, just to be on the safe side.
Remember to turn your mobile off or have it on silent.
Try and arrive in good time. If you arrive a bit late, don't worry. Come in very quietly so as to cause minimal disturbance to other students during the opening meditation and I'll help settle you 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, 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 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
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