Yoga is for everybody: men, women, children, teens, through to seniors, mothers-to-be and new mums. Taking your first step onto the yoga mat is an exciting new beginning. Whichever style, course or class you go with, we believe that the only way to start yoga is with the highest standard of teacher in the best environment. Building a solid foundation is the most important part of your yoga practice.
1: You’ve taken the first step by investing in a course with The Yoga Cloud so feel assured that you are in safe hands.
2: Treat yourself to a good quality mat….. we can advise you which will suit you best.
3: Try not to eat in the hour before your Practice…….traditionally you are advised not to drink until the end of your Practice either.
4: Dress comfortably in clothes that allow you to move….it’s helpful if your teacher can see your alignment clearly so nothing too baggy. Layers can be great as you can remove as you warm up and replace as you cool down in relaxation.
5: Aim to arrive to your class a little earlier… giving you time to feel settled, go to the toilet etc!
6: Listen to your teachers instructions carefully….a good teacher will be describing the actions of the pose NOT simply demonstrating a finished shape. This is vital in enable you to find the asana in your own body as opposed to copying the super Yogi and the front row!
7: Listen to your own body….you are likely to feel some strong sensations in your body as you waken your muscles, joints and ligaments. Observe the difference between this and pain, you gain nothing from over pushing yourself. The key is to find a balance between effort and ease in each asana.
8: Ask questions…..Any effective Yoga Teacher will welcome your questions, the most appropriate time in a flowing Practice is at the end of a Practical though this will vary with the style of Yoga.
9: Take your time, try to avoid the temptation to judge yourself harshly instead focussing on the benefits you are gain each time you step onto the mat.
10: Keep turning up! Step on the mat! Enjoy!