Tips and suggestions we have for new members: Etiquette and traditions of a group yoga class.
1. If you eat before coming, let it be an hour or so before class starts. We do so much stretching and bending that it can cause nausea if there is food trying to digest in the body.
2. Turn off cell phones and leave them in the coat/shoe room. If it is an emergency, have your cell phone by you on vibrate. Cell phones going off during relaxation pose is a big distraction.
3. Do not wear perfume or hair spray or heavily scented lotion. Some class members are sensitive to these smells and it makes practice uncomfortable for them. Putting lotion on your hands can also make your hands slip during postures like down dog.
4. Be on time. We recognize that there are reasons why some may not be able to arrive and get set up before class starts at 9 am, but if you are just late for no reason consistently, we ask you to evaluate that habit and change it. Late comers always disrupt the smooth flow of the class.
5. We have props to use at the studio and every summer all the mats get washed and dried outside, but if you become a regular student you may feel more comfortable with your own mat and props. Let us know if you need help in finding resources to purchase. You may store your things at the studio or take them home. We rarely have any problem with equipment being bothered by the others who share and use the building. If you do store your things at the studio, we will all just get familiar with who’s is who’s so new class members use the studio’s equipment.
6. Bodily functions: Digestion happens and everyone who has practiced yoga experiences from time to time gas and wind. It probably bothers and embarrasses new students much more than seasoned practitioners, so just keep practicing and know you are part of the “my body works” club. Sometimes the irresistible urge to cough comes upon a student during relaxation pose. Just sit up and if things don’t calm down in the throat, quietly step out of the room.
Linked here is a nice article from Yoga Journal that addresses these same yoga basics.
Its a fun tradition at Rexburg yoga to take a class and celebrate the Chinese New Year. This year brings in the energy of the Red Fire Monkey. Without knowing anything about the symbolic meaning of this year, one can guess that with a combination of red fire and monkeys, its something wild, passionate, unpredictable and lively. Continue reading →
While achieving an amazing balancing feat like we sometimes see in advertising is unrealistic for the average person, a reasonable expectation for a regular yoga practice is improved overall balance.
While there are many causes for loss of balance, a common one as we age is “use it or lose it.” As busy and distracted as we are during an average day, we probably don’t take time to mindfully balance and move out of the normal plane of movement. A regular yoga practice can help use and strengthen those tissues, muscles, nerves, and bones needed to balance.
A frequent excuse for those who want to take a yoga class but feel inadequate to even start is that they are not flexible enough or that they cannot touch their toes. So we will start the year busting that myth! Continue reading →
We’ve all seen them – adverts or magazines with an outlandish yoga posture, or yoga used to sell products. Many of these are totally unrealistic and frankly ridiculous. As I find them around the internet, I will post a few. These images contribute to the expectations we have for a yoga practice. Continue reading →
If you will be coming to the Full Moon Partner Yoga Practice, this is the link to an audio version of the ending meditation. We will be outside at the Nature Park at the area where the climbing toys are located . The weather is always an unknown factor, but hopefully we will see the moon at the end of the practice.
Jul 1st, Wed. 2015 Starting at 8:15 pm
Bring your own partner or find one on that evening. $10 for the class. $5 for your partner. Continue reading →
Three separate comments were made to me today after yoga practice that illustrates the benefits of yoga practice. We might hear from others who practice yoga how they healed from an injury or gained more flexibility, and while these are healthy goals to have, we recommend letting go of any long term expectation from a yoga practice and just enjoy what you learn and experience today. Continue reading →
During the month of January in the morning class we will learn and practice the see-saw breath. Something to understand about the natural breath in the body is to recognize that the torso has two cavities involved in breathing: the abdomen and chest. Continue reading →