Advice for before and after yoga

The simplest and most important advice is to listen to yourself and your body, to respect its peculiarity and limitations, and have confidence in your own sense of right and wrong. It is not easy in the beginning but gradually yoga will increase your sensitivity and self awareness.

 

Yoga is not a competitive practice! So be content with what you do here and now and let flexibility and strength develop with time from within. The more you take time to ease into the practice the easier it gets.

 

Here's some advice to benefit and support your yoga experience:

  • Your clothes should be able to stretch but not be too loose or flowy. Remove loose jewellery. Be bare-footed.

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the class (especially if you're new to the studio) to get acquainted and register on site.

  • Towels are intimate and personal, so bring a small towel, and another cotton one to put on top of the studio's mat if you sweat. 

  • Do not eat any heavy meal less than three hours before practice. You can have a little fruit until half an hour before. Also do not drink more than a small glass of water half an hour in advance.

  • Drink as little as possible during the yoga practice - and preferably not at all! Therefore, make sure to drink enough beforehand.

  • It is recommended not to drink for 15 minutes and eat before half an hour after practice to let the body calm down again.

  • If you experience emotional reactions during or after the yoga practice, welcome and accept the emotions. If you like you can talk it over with the teacher afterwards.

  • Ladies can take a break on their red moon, or practice lightly on the first days of period. However, this is an individual choice as long as you can listen to your body and understand what it needs. It is better to avoid inverted postures during your period (e.g. shoulder and head stands).

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