These points should help you make the most of your practice and the class:
Wear comfortable clothing that allows free movement and layer as your body temperature may go up and down at different stages of the practice (e.g. you may need a sweatshirt, pashmina or sarong, and a pair of socks).
Equipment will be provided but please do bring your own if you prefer.
Ideally yoga postures (asana) should be practiced on an empty stomach. 2-3 hours should be allowed after a heavy meal, however if you do need to eat before a class go for something light and easily digestible such as fruit. Try to re-hydrate in advance rather than drinking during a session. If you do need to drink it is best to sip water.
Advise the teacher if you have any ailments (physical or psychological) so that any necessary adjustments to postures or breathing techiques can be made.
Throughout the class you will be encouraged to breathe through your nose and to integrate your breath into movement. Generally breathing in with upward and lifting movements, breathing out during downward and folding movements, and lower back twists. Don’t worry too much about this, it will come in time. What’s more important is to breathe easily.
Don’t force yourself into a posture, hold your breath or endure any pain. It is more effective to moderate a posture to a comfortable stretch than to take it to its extreme, impacting your breathing and causing discomfort.
Arrive on time, or early, the warm up at the beginning of the class prepares your body and mind to get the most of the practice ahead. And, don’t rush off before the end of the class as the relaxation is the time for your body, mind and energy to rebalance.
Remember to switch off / silence your mobile phone.