Before practice empty your bladder and ideally the bowels.
Practice on an empty stomach. Avoid drinking water during or just after practicing. Drinking water during your practice cools the body. The internal heat created by the breath and the bandhas to burn the toxins will be diminished.
Arrive on time for class! About 10 minutes before the class starts is a good amount of time for you to get yourself ready.
Let your teacher know if you have any injuries or conditions so your practice may be modified. Treat your body with respect and know your limitations.
Let your teacher know if you need to leave early or do a gentler practice. It is important you finish your practice at least 10 mins before you need to leave, to give yourself time for Savasana. Resting at the end of your practice is extremely important and mustn’t be missed.
Make sure that your body, your clothes and your mat are clean and odor free. It is traditional to bathe before and after class.
Avoid wearing perfume, creams or oils. Just like natural body odors, these artificial odors will be intensified by the heat of the practice. This includes all "natural" or "organic" scents as well.
Avoid wearing jewelry and watches.
Respect the school as a place of retreat and sanctuary. Please keep quiet before and after class, others might like to prepare themselves in reflection or meditation.
Roll out your mat in line with the others in the room, and square to the room shape. This not only looks neater, it will help you and those around you stay balanced as you practice.
If someone else is looking for space for their mat, and you have some, offer it. If you must walk about during class please do not step on other people's mats.
Bring a towel with you if you sweat a lot. Sweating is a welcomed part of the cleansing and purifying process; tradition even recommends rubbing the sweat back into your skin rather than wiping it off! Please keep an eye on the wooden floor around you, and once in a while wipe up the drops of your sweat as they stain the floor.
Don't be afraid to feel tired and experience difficulties. Direct your attention on the breathing and don't aim for external perfection as you do the asanas (postures). Observe the movements of the mind without implication or judgment. Breathe slow and deep, without straining and always listen to your body!
If you are using one of the school mats please wipe it down at the end of your practice using one of the spray bottles and towels. Some students choose to put a cotton mat on top of the rubber mat for a drier practice.
Put all props you've taken off the shelves back neatly in their proper place after class.
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