Yoga in the Grove: Enhancing Your Yoga Experience
- Always inform your instructor of any injuries, illness, or acute discomfort
- Listen to and follow instructions carefully.
- Do not perform postures or movements that are painful. Inform your instructor so he or she can find an appropriate modification of the posture or movement.
- Breathe smoothly and continuously as you move and stretch. Mentally guiding the breath into the areas of sensation. Do not hold your breath or strain to attain any position
- * Work gently, respecting your body’s abilities and limits. These abilities and limits may be different from class to class. Be patient with and accepting of yourself.
- Ask questions - Ask for help if you are unsure how to perform a certain movement.
- Some sources believe menstruating women should not practice inverted postures. As always with all postures, listen to your body and if they are uncomfortable or if you experience problems cease doing inversions during Menses.
- Pregnant women must consult their health care provider before
- Plan on arriving to class 5 minutes early. We’ll be starting on time.
- Wear comfortable clothing that allows for free movement. Bring an
- Remember to breathe through the nostrils while practicing yoga, unless directed otherwise. Also, drink lots of water after class and through out the following day, preferably room temperature (to keep your digestive fire strong); this will help flush your system of the toxins released from your body tissues during yoga. This will help prevent soreness and nausea.
- ALWAYS work to your own level. Move slowly and deliberately, and try not to compare yourself with others. Try not to compare yourself to last week, last year, or to “when I was young....“. Yoga is a personal, internal process which changes hourly and cannot be measured by flexibility, strength or anything else. Do not compete nor compare! Do not try to “push through pain” in yoga. Staying in a pose while in true pain, not just sensation that can be breathed away, will make you weak and stiff in the area affected. Use modifications to assist you especially in areas of pain. Yoga can help relieve pain when used correctly.
- It is suggested to do yoga on an empty stomach (3 hours after meals, 1 hour after a small snack , some sources say 1 hour after having had any beverage). It can be very uncomfortable and even harmful
- Some people may experience muscle soreness after beginning a
- While you will notice some very definite positive changes from just one
- At first, the effects of yoga practice are numerous and obvious, but the
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