Yoga relaxes the body, calms the mind, soothes the emotions, settles the energy; allowing practitioners to experience their natural/blissful state of being. The surface of a calm lake reflects the moon.
The classes are a group activity, with the energy in the room being directly influenced by every practitioner. I greatly appreciate your help in maintaining a peaceful and positive environment.
The intention is to create an authentic Yoga experience, a comfort, and a respite from the stresses of everyday living. To this end, these etiquette guidelines offer a means of accomplishing this together.
Enjoy This Calm Space
Studio doors open 30 minutes before the start of class for personal time/practise.
I encourage you to make the most of this opportunity to relax your body, calm the mind, soothe the emotions, and settle your energy.
On entering the room practise Mouna.
Mouna is limiting of one’s speech; being intentionally calm/quiet. It can also be the practise of measured speech which is referred to as Vak Mouna; words spoken with intention, sincerity, and/or compassion.
- You are most welcome to attend anytime, there is no need to book.
Please be aware that the offering is a Yoga Class and not a workshop, Yoga course, introductory or 121 session i.e. I am focused on facilitating a group practise. However, I will do my best to accommodate everybody, especially beginners;
- Arriving late, as will occasionally happen, isn’t a problem. Though please try to arrive on time ( at least 5 minutes before class starts). For those with the luxury of plenty of time the doors are opened 30 minutes before class starts for personal preparation;
- Leaving the class early isn’t a problem. Though please do so quietly and quickly;
- Please leave shoes outside of the practise room;
- During the class only have close to hand the things you need (water bottles, towels etc). Everything else should be placed at the back/front of the room. Please do not place your possessions to the side of the room as this intrudes on the practise space of others;
- For obvious reasons please do not attend when you are sick;
- I recommend that you refrain from eating a meal for the 3 hours prior to class and to arrive hydrated;
- I advise beginners to position themselves in the middle or back rows so that you can observe the more experienced students in the front rows;
- Please do not open windows or doors during the class. I will see to such things and do my best to balance the requirements of everybody;
- Please turn off your cell phones and pagers upon arrival;
- Please do not apply aftershave or perfumes before class. Thirty or more people exercising and wearing different brands of perfume isn’t conducive to a pleasant environment. Also, people with allergies can be very sensitive to aftershave/perfume;
- Please do not bring glass bottles or bottles that make excessive noise when screwing/unscrewing the bottle top;
- If you need to go to the bathroom during the class do your best to avoid disturbing others when leaving/entering the room;
- It may take you a while to build the stamina required to participate in a full Yang session so rest whenever you need to. Rest can be an integral part of the practise, even the most experienced practitioners take time out. Rest regulates our nervous system and allows us to absorb the benefits of the practise;
- If you come to class well-hydrated, you will not need to drink a much water during class. Also ensure you rehydrate after practising;
- As you leave your mat, keep your peace as long as possible. At the end of class, refrain from jumping up and preparing for sudden impact with the outside world. Do not brace for collision with the stress of the outside world. Instead, keep your heart open as long as possible. Rather than letting others affect you with their stress try influencing them with your peace and calmness.
Whenever possible, base your key life decisions on who you are.