YOGA ETIQUETTE

• Please arrive at least 10 minutes early for your class to allow time to sign in at the front desk and get settled into the classroom.

• If you must leave early, please always do so quietly and before savasana (final relaxation) typically the last 5-7 minutes of class.

• Always remove your shoes before entering the classroom.

• Please observe quiet in the classroom before, during and after class. This is a quiet space and many students use the time prior to, and following class, as an opportunity to stretch and /or meditate.

• No cell phones will be allowed into the classroom, no not even on vibrate or silent.

• Please no perfumes, colognes or heavy scents of any kind in the classroom.

• Take rest or water whenever you need it, always listen to your own body.

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THE FIVE PRINCIPLES OF YOGA ARE THE BASIS OF ATTAINING A HEALTHY BODY AND MIND THROUGH THE PRACTICE OF YOGA.

Principle 1 - Proper Exercise: Yoga Asanas
The aim of the asana (physical postures) is to improve suppleness and strength. Each posture is performed slowly in fluid movements.

Principle 2 - Proper Breathing
Most of us use only a fraction of our breathing capacity. Proper breathing (pranayama) focuses on breath control techniques to unlock energy and vitality. Breathing exercises cleanse the lungs of stale air and to eliminate toxins from the body. The most common breath technique utilized in vinyasa flow yoga is Ujjayi or “the victorious breath” in which Inhalation and exhalation are both taken through the nose.

Principle 3 - Proper Relaxation
The release of tension through relaxation is vital to keep the body healthy. Begin and end each session of yoga asana with relaxation, this allows the released energy to flow freely.

Principle 4 - Proper Diet
The recommended diet for a student of yoga is a simple and wholesome satvic one, made up of natural foods that are easily digested. This keeps the body vital and healthy, and the mind calm and free from restless thoughts.

Principle 5 - Positive Thinking & Meditation
Meditation is a state of consciousness. When practicing meditation, you must first learn how to calm the mind, and focus your mental energy inward. Meditation can help to relieve stress and replenish your energy. If it is practiced on a daily basis, you will also find it will enable you you to think more clearly and positively, and to be more at peace with yourself.