Here are a few mindful tips before joining a class.
1. Mindful Clothing
Wear comfortable clothes that will let you move freely. The low-rise yoga pants may be cute but pay attention to how they’ll look and feel in child’s pose, down dog, or while doing inversions. Test your yoga clothes at home with a mirror and make sure they are as functional as they are fashionable.
2. Show up on time
Yoga is a time to honor your mind, body, soul, and spirit. It’s only 75 minutes of your time of the day where you can let the demands of everyday life fall away while you get lost in practice. Don’t shortchange yourself by showing up late. Out of respect for your instructor and your fellow students, arrive on time or a few minutes early especially if you are a first-timer to get a brief orientation about the studio and get settled for the registration. The same rule applies to leaving class early. Unless if you have an emergency, stay until the end of class. Savasana or relaxation at the end is, after all, the best part of yoga.
3. Mind Your Scent
While yoga is about being your authentic self, your au natural scent may not be welcome in a crowded yoga room. Be mindful of your fellow practitioners, please wear deodorant and/or antiperspirant. On the flip side, also be aware of wearing strong perfume. Many people are sensitive to or may be allergic to certain scents.
4. Share the Space
While yoga is a very personal practice, it’s also a group activity. Make room for your fellow yogis and move over your mat if a student needs a spot, and show compassion if someone comes in late. If someone else disrupts the class, use it as an opportunity to practice staying centered in the midst of commotion.
5. Expand your Community and Practice
Yoga classes can be a great place to make new friends and meet new people, but that shouldn’t be your primary reason for going. If you stay rooted in your practice and find the peacefulness within, authentic relationships will follow.
6. Celebrate and Enjoy Your Journey
Everyone comes into yoga practice at a different level and each person progresses at his or her own pace. You might never achieve a full lotus but can do a perfect boat pose. Your neighbor might be able to balance in crane but can’t do boat. Try to steer clear of comparisons or judgments—of yourself and other. If you need help turning your attention inward, try closing your eyes.
7. Spread Good Karma
Help spread positive energy in the yoga studio by performing selfless acts before and after class. Smile at the staff, welcome the new student or give words of encouragement or greet your fellow students. Believe it or not, all of these kind gestures can help you advance in your practice.
8. Keep your Cell Phone in Silent Mode and Out of Sight
You can’t truly devote yourself to practice if you have texts, tweets, and Facebook comments popping up on your screen. Think back to the days before cell phones and go old school. If you want your spouse or children to be able to reach you in case of emergency, give them the number of the studio where you will be. This also shows you respect the practice of your fellow students and instructor.
9. Keep an Open Mind
Every yogi has a favorite teacher. You might be used to the way she conducts class or maybe you like his soothing voice. But don’t close yourself off to new or substitute teachers. A yoga practice is about expanding your mind and increasing your awareness. Even if you’re disappointed when you don’t see your favorite teacher, keep an open mind and heart. Tell yourself you will learn at least one thing from this new teacher. You may find that, at the end of the class, you have learned much more.
10. Watch your belongings.
Be mindful of your belongings and make sure you place them inside the locker or on the side of the room to make space for practice. Double check your belongings before leaving. YogaHive Management is not liable for any loss.
WHAT TO WEAR TO A YOGA CLASS:
Formfitting clothes that will allow you to move comfortably and freely
WHAT TO WEAR TO AERIAL HOOP AND POLE DANCE CLASS:
Aerial Hoop: Sports bra and leggings
Pole Dance: Sports bra and stretchy shorts
Please do not apply lotion on the entire body before class.
WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS:
ID for lockers
Open heart and mind