Here at the Space we have created a dedicated yoga practice space which is light, warm and clean and which is very much a place where practitioners can leave their daily life at the door for a while, roll out their mat, breathe, practice and connect with themselves.
The energy of the space is created not just by us but also by the people who come to share the practice here and we kindly ask that you help this by observing a few guidelines. Here are a few things that are good to know when you come along to practice at our little yoga space …
Please arrive a few minutes early to give yourself time to settle before the class starts.
Please turn off your mobile phone unless you need to be on call for any reason in which case it can be left on vibrate.
Eating and Drinking
Avoid eating a heavy meal for at least two hours before practice. Make sure that you are properly hydrated before practice, but ideally try not to drink too much water immediately beforehand.
Practice Awareness of others
When you enter the space whilst others are practicing eg in the Mysore classes, please do so quietly, rolling out your mat softly and refraining from unnecessary talking. There are spaces for shoes, coats and belongings as you enter the space where they can be stored safely and without causing a trip hazard.
Please refrain from wearing strong perfume, body sprays or essential oils during practice and respect the space and fellow yoga students by keeping you, your mat and clothes clean.
If you are late
We do understand that occasionally things happen. If you are a little late, please enter the space quietly and join the class with minimum disruption to fellow students. Take a few minutes to sit and connect with your breath before joining in with the practice.
Please let your teacher know if you have any injuries, health issues or other concerns so that they can work safely with you.
‘Mysore’ assisted self practice classes
When practicing in the Mysore classes please make sure that you follow the traditional method of Ashtanga Yoga as it is taught to you by the teachers here (as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois). Teachers will guide you with appropriate modifications or work with specific elements of the practice as needed otherwise please don’t deviate from the sequence or add in new postures until these have been shown to you.
Teachers will generally use both verbal instruction and some hands-on adjustments where appropriate to assist you with your practice but if you would prefer not to receive any hands on adjustments that is absolutely fine. Please let the teachers know and they will assist you in other ways.
What to Wear
Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing which doesn’t restrict movement … layers are good.
Yoga is practiced in bare feet for proper foundation and safety.
Please remove shoes before walking on the practice floor.
What to Bring
Bring your own mat if you have one. We do have mats to borrow if you don’t have one and plenty of blankets, blocks and belts etc here for you to use.
Traditionally, ladies on their monthly menstrual cycle should avoid a strenuous practice for the first 2 or 3 days. If coming to a regular Ashtanga self practice then please let the teacher know and they can do a ‘Restorative’ practice with you if you wish.
Yoga practice is intended to be a lifelong daily practice and progression is a gradual one so there is no hurry. Challenge yourself but don’t push too hard – yoga should never be painful. It is really important to focus on your breath and be able to breathe freely in each posture.