“In-Studio” because I will be sharing another bunch of tips for home practice.
Practicing with a room full of bodies moving in sync and having someone telling you what exactly to do and when exactly to breathe is a beautiful way to reenergise your body and mind. It offers company yet space, guidance yet freedom. Here are five ways that can help you make the most of your practice:
1. Arrive early and don’t skimp on the breathing and grounding at the start of your practice.
It gives you time to clear your mind and catch your breath so that you can easily.
2. Check in with your energy level and work with that
Take time to feel how your body feels – which areas feel tight, which areas feel like they would like some work and how you are breathing.
3. Take only cues that serve you
Give the cues that your teacher offer a shot. If they feel right, take them. If you feel pain (especially sharp pains), don’t take the cue.
While cues are great, not all bodies are made the same so do take cues with caution especially in a large class. If you are unsure about certain cues, ask your teacher after class – most yoga teachers will be happy to share more.
4. Remember that it is not about the postures
The purpose of coming to your mat is to feel great in your body and mind, not to force your body into a certain shape that it is not ready for. Here’s what happens when you stop chasing postures.
5. Always acknowledge your achievements
Taking time out to step onto your mat, commuting to the studio and having the resources to allow you to do that are great accomplishments in themselves. Taking the entire class asana by asana should not be undermined as well. Thank your legs for carrying you, your arms for enabling you to embrace your loved ones, and your mobility that enables you to enjoy movement.
Extra bonus if it was a hot class – here’s a list of what you MUST after hot yoga!