There are some common sense principles:

  • Don’t eat anything (ideally) 4 hours before a practice session
  • Non-slip mats and appropriate clothes – it is preferable to work on a non-slip mat, rather than a towel or blanket directly on the floor wearing comfortable clothes that do not hinder movement. I generally carry a few spare mats
  • Back bends – it is very easy to over-work the lumbar spine when doing back bending asanas like “upward facing dog”, particularly when done without awareness, or when tired.
  • Menstruation and inverted postures – for health reasons it is not recommended for women to do full inverted postures like “shoulder stand” when menstruating
  • If you have any health / medical conditions that could be adversely affected by exercise, you should make sure the teacher knows. This includes:
    • A history of musculo-skeletal problems
    • Pregnancy
    • Heart and blood pressure issues
    • Recent surgery, trauma or illness
    • Eye problems (eg glaucoma)
    • Ear and balance problems
    • Epilepsy

Above all:

  • Listen to your body – “if it feels wrong then stop”.
  • When in doubt, ask.
  • It is quite common to feel the effects of a class the following day, especially if you are not used to exercise. This is normal and, hopefully, not too bad. Learn from it and next time work a little less.
  • Yoga practice should be an enjoyable experience – have fun with it and keep it light.
  • If you have any queries or concerns about any aspect of the class, content or consequences, please don’t hesitate to contact me.