In the Yoga studio mats are available. But you can also bring your own Yoga mat. There are standard Yoga 'sticky mats' that help you prevent slipping due to sweating.
Physical Restrictions and Boundaries
- Alignment in the posture is important so that the opening and strengthening in your body occurs correctly. During the course of your Yoga class, the teacher will be touching your body to lengthen, deepen, encourage, relax, and hold poses. If you are uncomfortable with physical adjustments, please let the teacher know before class, as all physical boundaries will be respected.
- Also, please inform the teacher before class, of any injuries or conditions you are experiencing that might affect your practice, including pregnancy. Modify or skip the poses you cannot or should not do.
- In class, do what you can do without overstraining or injuring yourself. Do not overpush yourself by trying to go as far into a pose as others might be able to. Yoga is noncompetitive. One of the most difficult, but ultimately most liberating things about Yoga is letting go of the ego and accepting that no one is better than anyone else. Everyone is just doing their best on any given day.
- For women: inverted poses should not be practiced when having your monthly period.
What to Wear
Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga will move you, figuratively and literally. Your body will be moving up and down, back and forth, side to side and twisting around. Therefore, your clothes should allow for a wide range of motions with all of your limbs, as well as being comfortable on your skin. Women typically wear spandex pants or shorts and a sports bra or T-shirt. Men may also find comfort in spandex shorts or other athletic shorts with support. Tops and shirts that can handle sweat are helpful. Regardless, make sure your clothes are comfortable and not too restricting.
All Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. Please give yourself ample digestion time after eating, at least 1.5 hours, and also eat something light. On a full stomach, you may get cramps or nausea. Digesting food also makes you dull and lazy when you need energy for class.
It can be comfortable and useful to bring to class a small bottle of water, a towel (to cover up your eyes in final relaxation, and for sweating), and something warm like a shawl/sweater (to keep you warm during meditation, breathing exercises and during final relaxation).