Steps to a Successful Yoga Experience

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Yoga is unique from other fitness programs because it requires that you stay in the moment completely.  We will work on focus a great deal as you connect each movement with your breath.  Yoga improves the strength and flexibility of your body, as well as your mind.  A regular yoga practice includes poses, as well as breathing and mind/body techniques that will center and calm you.  As you continue your practice, you will notice effects spilling over to other aspects of your life.  You may notice that you feel calmer, kinder and thinking clearer – your decision-making is sharper.  Other possible positive effects are changes in the way you eat and sleep.

Steps to a Successful Yoga Experience:

  1. Show up on time!!!!  This is the best thing you can do.
  2. Release your expectations.  Be kind to yourself-there is no need to feel inadequate, clumsy, fat, stiff, etc.  We are all beginners on a journey to improve ourselves.
  3. Dress comfortably– make sure clothing will not interfere with movement (buckles, zippers etc).  I prefer you have leggings or shorts that let me see your knees for alignment cues.  Bare feet are the norm, however yoga socks which have non slip bottoms are permitted.
  4. Hydration is important before, during and after.  You are encouraged to bring and drink water throughout the class.
  5. Eat lightly 1 hour before class and wait at least 30 minutes after class to eat.  We will be moving lots of fluids and energy around.
  6. Props are very helpful.  Yoga mats, straps, blocks and blankets.  TeamRPC  will have some available, however you may choose to bring your own, so you can practice at home as well as for hygienic reasons.

After Class Experience

When you are starting yoga, there may be some interesting sensations a day or two after.  During the class and right after, you may feel euphoric, but then the following day, you may experience delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) or even nausea.  This is very normal.  Stay hydrated and notice what you are feeling, but unless symptoms persist, just allow your body to adjust and release both built up energy and emotional toxins.  Yoga works on both the physical and subtle body levels.

Beach Yoga at pelican landing. May 4, 2019 8:30am

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