Never been to a yoga class before? There are a few things you should consider when you take a class.
Getting to class 5 or 10 minutes before it begins will give you time to settle in and relax before the asana's (phyiscal postures) start.
Do not eat before class.
Practice should be done on an empty stomach. If you have a large meal before class you will 'pay' for it; nausea, heartburn and reflux are some side effects that may occur. If you must eat before class choose something small (and healthy!).
Be sure to inform the teacher.
If you have any health concerns (fibro, arthritis, pregnancy etc.,) let the teacher know beforehand. Many of the asana's can/should be adjusted for specific health conditions.
Turn off pagers and cell phones.
Nothing can disturb a class more quickly than the sounds electronic devices make. Be respectful to other students and turn off this equipment. If you must leave it on, be sure to let the teacher know why before class starts.
Please be quiet.
Many people come to yoga as an outlet, a sense of community; yet there is nothing worse than trying to meditate or work deeply in a pose when the people next to you are chatting.
Listen to your body.
Instead of trying to go deeply into a pose, do what you can without strain.
As Rodney Yee expresses while teaching, "It's not about going too far into it (any pose), it's about creating space for the breath."
Remember most importantly that yoga is about balance. You can discover many hidden treasures and learn much about yourself through its practice. Wishing you an enjoyable yoga journey.
Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty is the owner of TLC Services A Certified Yoga Teacher, HypnoBirthing Practitioner and Reiki Master.
She is the Author of How to be Soul Strong: a user's guide to life on planet earth which can be found at http://www.howtobesoulstrong.com