Guidelines for safe practice

It is important that you let your teacher know about any medical conditions affecting you such as diabetes, recent injuries, pregnancy... because while some of the practices might be beneficial some others might be injurious and should be modified or avoided.  If you have any doubt about your medical condition or the suitability of yoga for you, please consult your doctor. 

What do you need to practise Yoga?

  • Wear comfortable closing which allows you to move and breathe freely. 
  • Yoga is practised bare feet: no exceptions
  • Always practise yoga on an empty stomach (that means do not eat for a minimum of 2 hours before your practice). If you are really peckish you can have a small snack such as a banana. You can also bring water but it is recommended that you drink after you have finished rather than during.
  • Please have your own yoga mat: your mat is where you build your practice; see it is your own private oasis, your temple.
  • Have a blanket large enough to cover you during relaxation.  It also does come in handy to help you in some of the postures.

What should I be doing?

  • Leave the ego out of the mat
  • Yoga is non-competitive (and yes that means no competition with yourself either)  
  • Be aware of your breathing.  If your breathing become strain then it tells you that you are trying to hard.  The tutor will usually give you guidelines as to when to breathe in and out.  If in doubt breathe out and always breathe through the nose unless otherwise indicated.
  • Work within your own body and within your own capacity at that moment in time.  The saying “no pain no gain” has no relevance in Yoga. 
  • Every individual is different and progress will come on a case by case basis with practice. 
  • Be aware of your body and which parts are being used.
  • Go into and come out of the postures slowly and carefully.
  • Listen to your body:  If anything hurts or doesn’t “feel” right for you, stop at once and come out of the posture gently.  Your teacher will give general safety advice for each posture, but  you must take responsibility for your own safety by listening to your body and respecting it: only YOU know how YOU feel.