Here are some ways to get more out of the yoga classes you attend.
DO stay for relaxation. This is a very important part of the practice. If you have to leave early, please let the teacher know before class begins and try to find a spot on the floor close to the door so others arenít disturbed when you leave.
DO wear comfortable shorts, loose cotton pants or fitted tights.
DO arrive early. Get to class about 15 minutes early to get settled in.
DON'T eat for two or three hours before class. If you practice yoga on a full stomach, you might experience cramps or nausea especially in twists, deep forward bends, and inversions. Digesting food also takes energy that can make you lethargic.
DO let your teacher know about injuries or conditions that might affect your practice. If you are injured or tired, skip poses you can't or shouldn't do, or try a modified version.
DO create an intention. To help you focus, you might find it helpful to dedicate your practice to a certain intention. This might be to become more aware and understanding, more loving and compassionate, or healthier, stronger, and more skillful. Or it might be for the benefit of a friend, a cause—or even yourself.
DON'T bring pagers or cell phones to class.
DO bring a towel or your own mat, and arrive clean and free of scents that might distract or offend others.
DON'T push it. Instead of trying to go as deeply or completely into a pose as others might be able to do, do what you can without straining or injuring yourself. You'll go farther faster if you take a loving attitude toward yourself and work from where you are, not from where you think you should be.
DO pick up and neatly put away any props you use.
DO take time afterwards to think about what you did in class, so you can retain what you learned. Review the poses you practiced, and note any instructions that particularly made sense. Even if you remember just one thing from each class, you'll soon have a lot of information that can deepen your own personal practice.