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Advice for Yoga Students in Classes


1.          Wear clothing that is comfortable, non-restricting and as far as possible of natural fibres (rather than man made).  It is best to allow the air to get to your skin but in class you may wish to cover up more than in private.  At the end of class is a quiet relaxation time when it is good to be able to dress more warmly, or have a blanket to cover you.

2.          Bring to class a mat or rug.  Nowadays most yoga students use a non-slip purpose made mat which is comfortable to lie on but allows stability in standing postures, and is washable.  Some people prefer natural materials.  Cork mats are available.  Cotton is suitable but care is needed on slippery floors.  Thin cotton mats are sometimes placed over non-slip mats.

3.          Water bottles can be used but please make sure they are the sports sealable bottles, rather than open topped. Sip water before you become thirsty.

4.          Use the toilet before a session, but also feel free to do so during class.

5.          Check with your doctor if you have any health concerns, and inform the teacher before class.

6.          Complete a record card with your name (including any different name you want to be known by), address, telephone and e-mail address if available.  These details are mainly for contact in emergency and will be kept in a secure non-public place.

7.          Work slowly to the limits of your ability.  Do not bounce or strain.

8.          Ask if you are not sure what to do, and do not join in any practice which does not feel right for you.

                                    It is your body, respect it.


It is usual to observe certain courtesies in yoga classes.  Some of these are traditional, most are out of consideration to other students

1.          Leave your shoes near the door before stepping onto the yoga practice area.  It is a sign of respect and avoids treading dirt onto the floor.

2.          Other belongings which are not needed should be left at the back or sides of the room to avoid clutter in the working space.

3.          Acknowledge your teacher on entering by bringing your hands together in Namaste, whatever the teacher may be doing.

4.          Greet other students quietly respecting their preference perhaps for peace and space.

5.          Quiet conversation before class is appropriate but do not disturb the calm atmosphere with loud chatter, or by unrolling your mat loudly.

6.          Check your personal hygiene for the sake of your neighbours.

Respect and honour your teacher, and other students, but maintain your own integrity.


For information or advice contact me on 07791 182085 or email

Derek Osborn / Swami Shiv Giri Baba     

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