– Wear loose comfortable clothes; the kind that you might use for any sport. Leggings or shorts that allow you to sit cross-legged are best.
– Ensure that you and your clothes are clean. Ideally you should wash or bathe before practice. Bring a small towel to classes and group sessions, especially if you are borrowing a mat.
– Please turn off all mobiles and tablets etc…(or at least put them on flight mode) so that you and your fellow students can practice uninterrupted.
On that note, in group sessions please be careful not to disrupt another’s practice with too much noise or talking.
– Avoid practicing on a full stomach.
Try not to eat for at least 2 hours before a session. It is advisable to drink plenty of water before and after but not during practice.
Please advise me of any injuries, aches and pains, illnesses or medical conditions before we begin.
It is important that you feel safe in the practice so please advise me if you wish to learn yoga without physical help (adjustments) from me or my assistants. you never need to explain why and your wishes will always be respected.
Frequency of practice and ‘taking rest’
Traditionally, Astanga yoga students practice asana 6 days a week. This is a big change to most schedules and not everybody feels up to it from the outset. To see results, I recommend that you try to practice a minimum of 3 times a week. Not every practice needs to be in a class…don’t forget that you are learning self – sufficiency in a Mysore style session! If you do take up a full practice, tradition suggests that you rest on Saturday or Sunday. Choose a day that works best for you and try to stick with it.
If you practice 5 or 6 days a week, it is advisable to take two additional rest days per month. Traditionally this is done on full and new moons respectively. Please note that my classes are closed on these days. to view upcoming moon days, please click here.