New Yoga Students
When new yoga students think of yoga, images of people manoeuvring into seemingly impossible pretzel positions come to mind. Yoga is NOT just for the fantastically flexible. In fact, if you are not flexible, if you cannot touch your toes, or perhaps cannot even see your toes, you are a perfect candidate for the benefits of yoga.
And the benefits of a well-rounded practice manifest not only in your physical fitness, but also in your sense of refreshed alertness, expanded calmness, relaxed balance and well-being.
New yoga students are typically not aware that there are several different styles or schools of yoga. And not all of them will be appropriate for you at all times. It is likely you will like a particular style and not the other. Some styles are fast and energetic, others are gentle and slow, some styles are slow strong and intensive, and some are a combination of those different elements. What is important is finding the style that suits you.
Canberra Yoga Space endeavours to introduce you to as many different styles as possible. What is consistent across our teachers and styles are the following key elements, which deliver that relaxed revitalising detoxifying result:
- We work with the breath. Movement is guided by the breath which supports a mindful practice.
- We work on all levels – physical body, mind, emotions, breath, energy, awareness. Providing a holistic practise beyond just a physical stretch class.
- We provide a professional service
- We provide a safe, inclusive and nurturing space
- We have a strong foundation on safe alignment, anatomy and physiology
Logistics you need to know if you are new:
- First new yoga students need to register at least 15 minutes prior to class. Please be on time. To avoid delays before class, you can complete our NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM ahead of time.
- Wear something light, comfortable and fitted (not baggy). Singlets, leggings and normal gym wear will suffice. What is important is for you to feel comfortable moving without clothing disrupting your practice. Yoga classes are barefoot. Kindly leave your socks and shoes in the locker area.
Please note: We require that you wear appropriate clothing. You may be refused entry to any of our classes if you are not appropriately attired. For example, we do not allow transparent (see-through) leggings or pants, or bikinis.
- Kindly switch off or set your mobile phone (and any other similar device) to silent before entering the space, and leave them inside the designated locker area.
- Hydrate yourself before and after class.
- It is not recommended to have a full meal directly prior to class. Some poses are twists that work on clearing your digestive system. It is not detrimental to have eaten a full meal prior to class, however you may find it affecting your full mobility or level of comfort during practise.
- You can bring a small towel and a bottle of water if you wish, but not necessary.
- All mats and props are provided for at the studio. If you prefer to use your own mat, you can bring it to class.
- If you have any history of injury or recent surgery, if you are pregnant or menstruating, or if you have any other medical condition that we need to know about — we ask that you let the instructor know before class.
- Please consult your doctor or general practitioner beforehand, if you have any concerns about attending class.
- Pace yourself. You can come down to downward dog or forward virasana (two alternative resting postures), at any time.
- Every asana (posture) also has a simpler variation. Speak to the instructor after class, if you needed an easier variation in class, or alternatively let us know through our contact form. It is important for us to know our classes support your needs.
We hope you enjoy your first class with us. See you on the mat!
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