Yogi Tips

_DSC2205New to Amador Yoga?  Here are some ideas of what to expect and tips to get the most out of your class experience:

  • Arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to allow time to check in and get settled before class begins.  Arriving early also allows time get to know other yogis before class begins.
  • Arrive to class without expectations or preconceived ideas of what you can or cannot do. Just be wherever you are that day in your body and let go of what you need to in order to be present in your practice.
  • Turn off cell phones or switch to silent mode.  Nothing breaks concentration more than the sound of a cell phone ringing or buzzing!
  • Wear comfortable clothes that breathe as you will work up a sweat!
  • Avoid eating large meals prior to class and allow at least 1-2 hours to digest.  Drink lots of water before, during and after class to hydrate.
  • Bring a yoga mat, hand towel, mat towel (optional) and water bottle. Yoga mats are also available to borrow on a first come first serve basis.
  • While we like to have fun in class, once class begins please avoid talking during class. This will provide an optimal environment for you and your fellow yogis to get the most out of the experience.
  • Our yoga teachers are trained to adjust students to keep them in proper alignment, help them go deeper into a pose and try out a pose they might not feel strong enough to attempt on their own. If you feel uncomfortable with hands-on adjustments, please let your teacher know.
  • If you have any prior injuries or known limitations, please be sure to let your teacher know before class begins.
  • The class is meant to challenge you so you can grow in your practice, however if at any time the class becomes too challenging or difficult, you may take a restful pose (such as child’s pose or downward facing dog) until you can join back in with the class. Let go of frustrations and be grateful for what your body can do!

Namaste! A yoga salutation said at the end of class and can be translated to mean, “The divine spirit in me bows to the divine spirit it you.”