The practice of yoga begins from the moment you enter SPACE YOGA. To create the best experience for yourself and others, please follow these guidelines:
- No Shoes: Remove your shoes before entering SPACE. Put them in the shoe cabinet by the entrance or in your locker.
- Whisper: WHISPER while you are in SPACE — yoga is being practiced.
- No Eating and Smoking: Do not eat or smoke in the studio.
- Students should arrive at least 20 minutes prior to class. Please first show your membership card and sign in to pick up your class card before entering the studio to change and prepare for class.
- Please be in the practice room 5 minutes before the class begins to allow yourself some quiet time to center yourself for your practice.
- Turn your mobile phones off or to vibrate mode when you enter the studio. Please . DO NOT TAKE PHONES INTO THE PRACTICE ROOMS.
- Late students will not be admitted into class!
Preparation for Class
- Wear comfortable fitted yoga or exercise clothing that permits freedom of movement. To avoid affecting others and for your own safety while practicing, please do not wear clothes that is too revealing. Jeans, short skirts or other non-exercise clothing are not appropriate.
- Practice on an empty stomach. Try not to eat 2 hours before class. Drink plenty of water, at least 1 liter 1.5 to 2 hours before Hot classes.
- It is best to tied up your long hair for comfort and ease of movement.
- Inform your instructor about any physical condition that may be affected by your practice, such as injuries, pregnancy or menstrual cycle. This will help the instructor know how to adjust you or show you a modified pose if necessary.
- Lockers are available for you to store your personal belongings. SPACE accepts no responsibility for the loss or damage of locker contents or personal belonging s that is brought to the studio.
- Remember to take your belongings with you after class. Lockers are not for overnight use.
- Take classes that are appropriate for your level. Remember that yoga is a personal practice and you should always honor your body and work at your own pace. Pay attention to the alignment instruction in class. Do not force your body to go over your limit or simply imitate other students.
- For the required focus and completion of the practice, do not leave the practice room while class is in progress. It is not uncommon for beginners to feel out of breath or lightheaded in their first few classes. If this happens, simply come to a comfortable seated pose or child’s pose, relax and focus on regulating your breath or inform the teacher.
- The final relaxation at the end of the class, Savasana (Corpses Pose), is one of the most important poses during the whole class. It allows the mind and body complete rest and relax to integrate what we just practice. When done correctly, it rejuvenates our body and clarifies the mind. For your own benefit and to avoid disturbing others, please do not skip this important pose and prematurely leave the practice room.
Ashtanga Practice Guidelines
- Be well hydrated by the time you come to class – drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of water during the day. It is recommended that students do not drink water during an Ashtanga practice unless they feel ill.
- Practice on an empty stomach. Wait 3 to 4 hours after eating a large meal before practice. One could have a piece of fruit an hour before practice.
- Be prepared to sweat. Ashtanga is not done in a heated room but heat will be produced internally.
- It is recommended that women do not practice Ashtanga during the first 3 days of a menstrual cycle.
- It is recommended that if pregnant you refrain from Ashtanga during the first trimester and you do not practice after this unless you have an existing Ashtanga practice.
- Pattabhi Jois asks that we practice Ashtanga six days a week, Sunday through Friday. Saturday being a day of rest and no practice on new moon and full moon. But many people lead busy lives and fit the practice in when they can. Students will see noticeable results with a consistent practice of three days a week and more.