Vinyasa yoga is a moving meditation. Meditation is a self-exploratory journey. It can dissolve the daily stress and distractions of modern life. Learn to transcend pessimism to optimism, restlessness to peacefulness, self-observation to self-transformation. Meditation creates insightful balance and emotional clarity on your path to healthy, purposeful and whole living.
Getting to class 15 minutes early will help you do this. But if some of our evening classes are too crowded for you, consider other sessions. Daytime classes are typically less crowded.
Give yourself at least 10 classes to get comfortable with yoga. You’ll be using your muscles in a different way, so be prepared to be sore — because it’s hard.
Bring a mat, towel and water to every class. For less than the cost of a pair of running shoes, you can invest in a quality mat that will last many years. Towels help put a hygienic layer underneath you, can be used to cover your eyes in savasana and add traction during postures. Water is vital for a healthy body. Drink water before, during and after class. Bring a refillable canteen… you won’t regret it and your body will thank you.
The studio is kept at between 85ºF to 95ºF. Heat helps the detoxification process and helps warm up your muscles.
Wear clothes that are comfortable and move freely. Loose clothes are bound to end up around your head rather than around your body. Cotton isn’t the best choice as it gets heavy and clingy when wet — and by wet, we mean sweaty.
During any class, feel free to take a rest. Go ahead – lie down on your back or belly. Believe it or not: Whether you are a new yoga student or you’ve been practicing for many years, resting is a sign of strength and often gives others permission to do the same.
Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a battle.
Buzz. Turn off your cell phone.
Clean up. Wash clothes, wear deodorant, avoid scents.
Self care. Bring what you need: mat, towel, water bottle.
Tribe. If you want to do your own flow, try to set up in the back of the room.
Listen to your body. When you’re in child’s pose, be aware. Feel what’s going on with you. If you notice a part of your body that feels off, take it easy on that area.
Make the practice your own. As teachers, we’re here to help. Let us know of any injuries you might have or modifications you may need.
Back off. Sometimes “finding an edge” means easing back. For some of us, that’s the most difficult thing to do. It feels unnatural and unproductive, but it’s what our body and spirit may need the most.
If you feel pain, STOP. We strive, through physical postures, to put ourselves in uncomfortable places. But there is a huge difference between discomfort and pain. Your practice should never be painful.
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
- B.K.S. Iyengar