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Arrive 5-10 minutes before class

It is always best to arrive to a class and take some time to unwind on your mat before a practice starts so that for an hour you can leave the world behind and just be fully present in both mind and body.  You can bring your own mat, or use one of ours, and remove your shoes and socks upon entering the studio.  There are cubbies under the bench for your personal items.

Breathe

Yoga is as much a breathing class as it is a fitness class.  So much of the time we are breathing shallowly from the chest, but learning to breathe deeply from the abdomen in your daily activities can improve stress, sleep patterns and your overall sense of wellbeing.  The breath carries you through your yoga practice and connects your mind to your body.

Asana Practice (Yoga Poses)

The poses taught in yoga have been around for thousands of years and were sequenced in a manner that brought about changes in both the mind and body.  The word "yoga" actually means "to yoke" or connect the mind to the body through breathing and stretching/strengthening poses.  Many people at first are concerned that practicing yoga will align you to a religion other than your own, however, it is all about your intention.  If your intention is to learn the roots of yoga, there are definitely schools of yoga that explore those themes, however at The poses taught in yoga have been around for thousands of years and were sequenced in a manner that brought about changes in both the mind and body.  The word "yoga" actually means "to yoke" or connect the mind to the body through breathing and stretching/strengthening poses.  Many people at first are concerned that practicing yoga will align you to a religion other than your own, however, it is all about your intention.  If your intention is to learn the roots of yoga, there are definitely schools of yoga that explore those themes, however at The poses taught in yoga have been around for thousands of years and were sequenced in a manner that brought about changes in both the mind and body.  The word "yoga" actually means "to yoke" or connect the mind to the body through breathing and stretching/strengthening poses.  Many people at first are concerned that practicing yoga will align you to a religion other than your own, however, it is all about your intention.  If your intention is to learn the roots of yoga, there are definitely schools of yoga that explore those themes, however at The Sacred Space our intent is to teach you a practice that will holistically benefit your life without any religious connection.  The exception would be our Holy Yoga class which caters to Christians who would like to practice using music and meditation from the Christian tradition.  Otherwise this is a religiously neutral practice.

Find Your Edge

In many sports or fitness activities people often push their bodies past a healthy edge, doing more harm than good.  In yoga, you are encouraged to listen to your body and stop or back off when you reach an edge that becomes painful.  There may be times of discomfort, but you should never feel sharp or shooting pain in a yoga pose.  Your edge will change as time goes on, and with regular practice you will find more flexibility and strength but the key is paying attention so that you can be kind to your body at all levels of fitness.

Turn off your devices

In order to be able to completely enter into a yoga class it is important to remove any distractions that might disturb you or your neighbor.  We ask that upon entering the studio that you silence or turn off your devices until the end of class.

If you need to leave early do so before the final resting pose.

Savasana is a supine pose and the final pose of the class and is really the most important because it is the time when you get to meditate, seal in your practice and reap the benefits to your mind after a healthy workout.  If you need to leave early it is best to do so before this pose so as not to disturb others.

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