PenYoga

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Class Etiquette

ALL STUDENTS SHOULD FEEL RELAXED AND WELCOME IN CLASS. PLEASE FOLLOW THE PRACTICES BELOW TO ENSURE CLASSES ARE ENJOYABLE FOR ALL:

On arrival: Take the opportunity before class begins to draw your attention inwards to your body and breath. Please be aware if your fellow yogis have begun their relaxation and respect their peace. If arriving late, make every effort to enter the room as quietly as possible, placing your mat gently on the floor.

Aromas: Strong smells distract the senses and affect the clarity of the breath. Please limit the use of perfume, observe good hygiene and avoid pungent foods and smoking before practice. 

Eating and drinking: It is advisable not to eat at least 1-2hrs before class, otherwise you may feel uncomfortable. Yogis aim not to drink during practice and for at least half an hour after, as drinking (and eating) can negate the prana (vital energy) developed during practice. A cold drink will also diminish the heat we are trying to build in the body. However, the main thing is to feel comfortable when you practice so if you want to sip a little water then that's fine. 

What to wear: Wear loose, comfortable clothing you can stretch in. Socks can be worn during relaxation but please remove before practice to maintain a proper footing. Bring something warm to put on for final relaxation. Limit jewellery and hair clips as these could dig into the body and cause injuries. Students are encouraged to practice without glasses if they feel OK to do so.

Mats: Mats are provided but it is always nicer to have your own. Please never tread on a class mat with your shoes on or walk over someone else's mat. When putting mats away, if you fold them inwards in half before rolling them, this helps to keep the upper surface which you lie on clean. If you are suffering from any cuts or verrucas, please ensure they are adequately covered so as not to pass on any infections.

Mobile phones: please switch off all mobile phones before the start of class. If you need to keep your phone on for an emergency, please place it on vibrate or the quietest setting possible. 

On departure: If you need to leave the class early, please do so as silently as possible.

THANK YOU FOR OBSERVING THESE PRACTICES

 Be Good
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