Practising at a Yoga Studio — A quick guide
Arriving at a new yoga studio can be intimidating, even if the teachers and other students are warm and welcoming. As a beginner it can seem even more foreign — and everyone else just seems to know what to do.
Here’s a quick guide to practising at a studio, so you can feel prepared and relaxed when you come to The Space.
Choosing the right class
Whatever your level, there’s usually a class on the timetable for you. It’s important to pick a class that suits how your feeling, physically and mentally. There’s such a variety now of class titles and styles, so we try and keep it simple. If you’d like a more detailed explanation of what to expect, we’ve got more info on our website, here.
What to wear
There are so many fancy yoga tights out there… but you don’t need them to do yoga! Come in comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. It’s also good to wear clothes that don’t move around too much — you don’t want to be adjusting your top every five seconds. No strong perfumes please, or anything that may disrupt your fellow practitioners.
Arrive about 15 minutes early. When you arrive, check in with your teacher. They’ll tell you anything you need to know. Then it’s time for you to settle. Set up your mat, and any other props you like to use (we have everything you need, free to use). If the teacher doesn’t specify, it’s normally good to take a block, and if you like to get cosy in savasana, pick up a blanket and eye pillow. Bolsters are great for sitting on, especially if you have any tightness in your lower body as they allow the spine to be tall. It’s good to arrive with enough time to set up and settle before we begin.
Before we start
From this point on, depending on how much time you have before class starts, you can either talk quietly with others (they’re usually really friendly!), or lay back and relax. You might simply lie on your back and close your eyes, stay seated, or find a child’s pose. Just do whatever feels right for you on the day. This is when we start tuning in, listening to our bodies and breath, so don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. You really can’t get this wrong!
Class normally ends with us saying namaste to each other. This sanskrit word can be translated as ‘the light in me, honours and recognises the light in you’ or more simply, ‘I bow to the divine in you’. Join in if you want to, but don’t worry if you don’t. When class has finished, take your time to put away your props and wipe down your mat. At The Space we have water and tea available if you’re thirsty. It’s a really good idea to stay hydrated and drink lots after practice
There are no silly questions! Ask your teacher anything, no matter how big or small it seems. It is a great way to get clarification or further explanation on your postures. Some of the best learning (and connecting!) comes from conversations after class.
If there’s anything else you want to know before you come and practise with us at The Space, get in touch. We love to answer questions and want to make you feel as ready and welcome as possible.