1. Respect any physical limitations
Please listen carefully to your body and respect and nurture any old injuries that may manifest as limitations. The joy is in finding asana that may assist to relieve tensions and compensations that may have developed over time: there is no joy in exacerbating conditions. Please take the time to complete and send to me a medical questionnaire before coming to class.
2. Let go of any preconceived ideas of what it is to be good at yoga
It is important to set aside any frustrations that one might feel in more challenging poses: each asana is different for each person and even then, what feels challenging on a given day might feel more accessible in weeks to come. Comparing yourself to others is also dispiriting, not to mention, inhibiting to your practice. Be gentle on yourself and attempt to disregard the chatter of your inner critic.
I occasionally use blocks, chairs and walls in accessing poses or emphasizing different aspects of them. Keep an open mind and try not to see them as a step back or a sign of inadequacy. They may change your experience of a pose to date.
Focus on the experience of each practice, and inquire into it; try to let go of any results you might have in mind.
It is preferable to wear slightly loose, comfortable clothing. Bring a layer or two and a blanket for the relaxation exercise at the end. You may also like to bring warm socks and an eye pillow for relaxation.
This list is not intended to put off a beginner who wants to see how it goes before investing!
If you have a yoga mat, please bring it. Kindly, let me know in advance if you need to borrow one. It is helpful to have a firm, non-slippy blanket or two to hand.
If you have a couple of matching blocks, please bring them. It is also helpful to have a strap (but a belt will do).
Although Guernsey has enjoyed a mild experience of life in a pandemic, it is perhaps better in the long run to consider purchasing your own props, not least because it may encourage your home practice.
It is recommended that you do not eat anything in the two hours preceding the class and if you need to hydrate in the two hours before, take occasional small sips of water. Please feel free also to take occasional sips water during the class if you need. Ultimately, we try to keep the belly empty for the practice so that the efforts of the body in the practice are not competing with its digestive efforts.