Guidelines for Practice
These guidelines will help you create a fulfilling healthy yoga practice. They also introduce you to ways that our yoga community creates a welcoming space to learn together.
- Please arrive at least 5 minutes before class begins, and inform your instructor in the rare case that you have to leave early.
- New students, arrive 10 minutes early in order to complete a Student Information Card and familiarize yourself with the studio. Also, let the instructor know about any physical injuries, conditions, or health concerns.
- Please bring water for hydration, comfortable layers of clothing for temperature variations, and a Yoga mat. If you are attending a workshop or series, you may benefit from bringing a journal and pen. There are Yoga mats and blankets available onsite if needed.
- Refrain from wearing heavy scents and perfumes
- We accept cash or checks at the studio. Credit cards can be used ahead of time at www.yogalifenh.com
When our Classical yoga classes, workshops, and series begin with a conversation about yoga philosophy please . . .
- Speak only from your own experience.
- Listen to the other students with your full attention from the heart without feeling the need to respond or comment. Through listening, we offer a gift of space for each person to learn about themselves and discover their own truth from within.
- Refrain from giving advice to other students. Yoga class is a safe environment where we can all let go of needing to "help" solve other people's problems or have all the answers: try to avoid saying "Oh, I understand what you mean, I experienced that too" because no two people have the same experience; notice when your question is really a suggestion such as "Did you try deep breathing to avoid the stress you felt in traffic?"
- Time is often set aside for questions. Feel free to write down any questions you may have for the event facilitator as they arise and wait until it is asked if there are any questions. Please try to avoid interrupting the lecture or practices. (Some teachers may allow for questions to be asked at any time.)
- Be mindful of the questions you have. We try to honor everyone's time at yoga events. Consider if your question(s) may be beneficial to the group or if it is more personal. Personal questions can be reserved for after the event.
- If you strongly disagree with a person or the instructor, please discuss your issue in private.
- Stretch within your zone of comfort; do not force or strain. Listen to your body and what it needs at this moment, which could vary day to day.
- Bring your awareness to your body and breath. Success is about your inner state of connection of mind and body, not about being more flexible than the person next to you.
- Breathe normally anytime you need air. Do not hold your breath for longer than six seconds in any pose.
- If your back hurts from sitting on the floor, please use a chair, no extreme discomfort should be felt.
- For women: In the case of pregnancy, please notify the instructor at any stage of pregnancy. Forward bending, backward bending, inverted poses and twists may need to be modified or avoided during pregnancy. Yoga's relaxation is beneficial, but stretching must be adapted to the pregnancy condition. During menstruation, inverted poses (shoulder stand) are to be modified due to the shift of blood flow in the body that may disturb the natural process of the body. Also, any position which causes undue strain on the urogenital diaphragm should be discontinued.
- At the end of class after relaxation and meditation, please respect this meditative state by keeping conversations at a quiet level.
- Normally, it requires one year to integrate the ideas of yoga into your life. While you may become accustomed to classes after a month, daily practice at home is recommended for maximum benefit.
- Explore how the principles and experiences you learn in class can be applied 'off the mat' in other areas of your life, such as eating, relationships, workplaces, and more.
Classical Yoga is a non-sectarian, non-dogmatic, philosophical approach to healthy living, welcoming people of all faiths, atheists, and agnostics.