Advice And Precautions

If you have any medical problems, consult your specialist or doctor and always inform your yoga teacher about them - before joining class.

 

Awareness

Throughout a yoga practice, try to keep your awareness on what you are doing.   Don’t be concerned with others in the class or outside the room.

Getting to class about 10 minutes early can help to settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class.  While you are waiting you can practice an asana, do a few stretches, or just sit or lie quietly, breathe and get centred.

Proceed slowly and carefully, breathing in and out of your nose.  Follow the instructions exactly.  Asanas must be done slowly, smoothly and with full understanding. 

Never force or strain.  Do only what you feel comfortable with, don’t push yourself.  Instead of trying to go as deeply or completely into a pose as others might be able to, do what you can without straining or injuring yourself.  Do not compete with others.  You’ll go further faster if you take a loving attitude towards yourself and work from where you are, not from where you think you should be.  You should begin to experience the beneficial effects of this system of yoga after a couple of months of regular and sincere practise.

Always let your instructor know about injuries or conditions that might affect your practice.  If you are injured or tired, skip poses that you can’t or shouldn’t do, or try a modified version.

Take time after a practice to think about what you did in class, so that you can retain what you learned.  Even if you remember just one thing form each class, you’ll soon have a lot of information that can deepen your own personal practice.

 

Restrictions and Precautions

There are no age limits for the practice of yoga.  However, the application of the techniques will vary according to the abilities of the practitioner.

Those with disabilities, severe, acute or chronic medical conditions should consult both with their medical practitioner and their yoga teacher to assess any dangers or difficulties, which may arise.

If you suffer from a weak heart, do not strain, especially with arms upwards or backwards.  Stop exercising when tired.

If you have high blood pressure, do not do Inverted Poses.

Those with varicose veins should not hold any pose that shuts off the blood form the legs for any length of time

If you have slipped disc or spinal trouble, do not hump the back when bending and do all forward bends only half way.  Also, do spinal twists very gently and without strain.

Ladies – it is not necessary to absent yourselves during menstruation, but do no inverted poses or deep backbends then and exercise less vigorously than usual.  Only gentle, open twists should be done.

Always drink a glass of water after yoga as it will eliminate the toxins released during yoga practice.

Never practice any yoga techniques under the influence of alcohol or mind altering drugs.

Please inform your instructor if you are pregnant, have recently undergone surgery, are under special medical treatment, or if you have anything wrong with you that you feel may be of relevance.

As regards infirmities that debar you from doing certain asanas, it is best to remind your instructor of this at the appropriate time – with new pupils joining constantly, it is impossible to remember everyone’s medical challenges.

If your health makes you doubt the wisdom of doing yoga, first consult your doctor.

 

When and Where to do Yoga

It is best to practice yoga on a fairly empty stomach, i.e. two hours after a light meal or four hours after a heavy meal.  A light snack one hour before a practice is acceptable. 

If you practice on a full stomach, you might experience cramps, nausea, or vomiting, especially when performing twists, deep forward bends, and inversions.  Digesting food also takes energy, making you lethargic.

Empty the bladder before practicing.

Meals can be taken about half an hour after a heavy session or light snacks after about fifteen minutes.

 

Yoga Supplies (Equipment)

Wear warm, comfortable clothing, so that there is no restriction around the limbs.  Practice with bare feet.  Remove watches or any cumbersome jewellery.  Glasses should be removed for some of the poses, especially the inversions.  Please don’t bring mobile phones into class.

Props help the student to execute asanas and will be provided in class.  If you have your own yoga mat, please bring it to class, we do however have spares.

 

Most importantly, have fun!