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Yoga is an incredible practice of connection through your mind, your body, and the deepest spaces of your self-awareness and intention. There are literally 1000′s of definitions available on line and nearly every instructor will define it a tiny bit different. That said, it takes incredible courage to come to a yoga studio and roll out that mat for the first, second, or third time to establish your own definition. To be honest, it takes many of us courage still, years later. Yoga has the great benefit of “pushing back” against your self-perceived limitations. The benefits of the physical practices are cumulative and once you begin to feel yourself becoming stronger, or longer, or taking up more space in your entire life, you may find yourself craving the moments of rolling out that mat. Please, begin with us here, in these walls, with our yoga family. Engage a supportive environment of strength and grace, laughter, and abundant courage.
Give yourself enough commuting time! It is so silly that we hurry up to rush to yoga!
1. Arrive 10 – 15 minutes early to have enough time to store your personal items, find a place, roll out your mat and gather any needed props. If you ever DO arrive late, please sit and wait for the opening, centering of class to be completed before you walk across the room or make any noise rolling out your supplies.
2. Introduce yourself to the instructor and feel free to discuss any injuries or concerns you may have.
3. When the group centering begins, close your eyes and allow yourself to settle. The call of “om” shared in many yoga classes is a vibrational toning and mirror to the radiance of the universal hum. If you would rather pass on sharing, then just feel it resonate through all your cells.
4. During class, listen to the cues the teacher is sharing and you’re your movements and personal adjustments with kindness and attention. Any confusion you may experience of right and left is great! This is your brain recalibrating your self and body awareness.
5. If you feel tired or light headed, rest. Your instructor will give you the invitation to a great pose “Child’s Pose” and it will ease you back into finding your breath or cooling your jets.
6. At then end of your class, neatly put away all props and try and introduce yourself to at least one person in class, it will help you feel more connected the next time you come.
7. Give yourself a toothy wide smile. You did it!