NEW TO YOGACOURSE DETAILS
The ‘Intro to Yoga’ course is recommended for students of all ages and fitness levels. This comprehensive four-week course is designed to introduce participants to the basic principles and practices of yoga. This provides the beginner with a solid foundation for a safe and suitable yoga practice. Throughout the course participants will learn key yoga poses, basic yoga breath awareness, gentle meditative techniques and a background to yoga practice and philosophy. An understanding of the different styles of yoga will be offered so that participants may decide which approach best suits them.
We also have several 'drop-in' classes on our schedule that are suitable for complete beginners. These include Tuesday evenings at 8.30-9.30 with Tony. Wednesday 1-2pm with Michael. Saturday and Sunday 11-12.30pm. For those a bit more adventurous you could try these slightly more strenuous classes: the Yoga Flow class on Mondays at 7.45. No need to book, just come along about 15 minutes before hand to register. Classes are €15. You don't need to bring anything special, just wear something comfortable to practice in. We have yoga mats you can use.
YOGA ETIQUETTE AND HELPFUL HINTS
— Yoga is living life in balance and harmony with your self and your environment. The yoga studio is an intimate and communal environment that functions best when everyone honours each other and the space.
— It’s best to practice on an empty stomach. It is recommended that you do not eat at least two hours before a strong yoga practice. If you need to, eat something easily digestible like fruit or yoghurt.
— It is recommended that you acquire your own yoga mat. You may use the studio’s mats but it’s more hygienic to own your own.
— No shoes in the yoga studio. In yoga, practitioners put their hands, and sometimes their faces on the floor so we keep the studio a shoe-free zone.
— Please leave mobile phones outside the yoga studio. If you have to bring your phone inside the studio make sure it is OFF - not on silent or vibrate mode.
— Arrive a few minutes early. Allow yourself ample time to register, change, set up your mat. Make ‘being on time’ part of your practice. If you happen to be late; take a few breaths, unroll your mat outside, then enter the studio slowly and quietly.
— If you have to leave a class early, tell your teacher and leave quietly before the closing relaxation.
— Anti-perspirants can be counter-productive to the purifying and detoxifying practice of yoga. If you are practicing a dynamic form of yoga, or are likely to perspire a lot during your yoga practice, you might consider bathing prior to your practice. There’s a shower at the studio.
— Be respectful to yourself. Make sure your teacher is aware of any pre-existing condition or injury that might affect your yoga practice. Honour your body and practice within your body’s limitations.
— Yoga is not a competitive sport! And it’s not just a ‘workout’. It is a multi-dimensional spiritual practice, which makes the body, mind and spirit stronger, more flexible and generally much healthier. Calm your mind, open your heart and enjoy yourself.
— Be kind to yourself. Take rests. Remember wherever you are; you are perfect.