The importance of stretching and a wide variety of movements for the body!
1st timers Info
Welcome to the Vancouver Yoga Center. We want to make your experience at the center the best possible. Here are some tips to get the best out of your yoga classes.
• Please be on time to class. Plan on arriving to class at least 5 minutes early. Taking a few moments to settle in and center can greatly enhance your experience. This can also compensate for unexpected delays like traffic, etc. If you do arrive late, don't worry about it. Don't get stressed-out rushing to yoga class, just enter quietly and begin to set up your space after the song and breathing techniques have finished at the beginning of the class.
• When entering the Center please be quite and mindful that another class may still be in Savasana (relaxation).
• We are a fully stocked studio. You need not bring anything other than yourself and wear comfortable clothing. Light weight cotton is a nice option.
• Please do not wear scents to class. This includes scented lotion, perfume, cologne, and strong hair care products. This is a courtesy to others in the class that may have allergies and insures that the room does not get thick with a variety of scents.
• Do not eat a big meal 2-3 hours before class. If you have blood sugar issues it is ok to eat something light or even fruit before class.
• Go at your own pace in the class. It is okay to slow down, come out of a pose sooner or even not go as deep. Realize that everyone is a unique person. NOBODY will look the same in the yoga poses and this is not expected. Some days you will have more energy than others. Going at your own pace means also to back off when needed for your body in that moment and that day. You may be surprised to find that what you found to be really hard or challenging one day isn't so much the next time. A general rule for beginners is to do about 50% of what you think you can do the first class, 75% the second class and finally 100% the third class. This will be a nice gentle progression for your body.
• Breathe smoothly and continuously as you move and stretch. Do not hold your breath or strain to attain any position.
• Be patient with yourself and you will grow and see your progress in no time. The benefits come from the awareness with which you stretch, not how far you stretch.
• Keep in contact with your teacher regarding your current and past injuries or pain issues within your body. Please tell the teacher what poses you are having a hard time with and especially what movements or poses cause pain or discomfort. Realize that hard to do and painful when done are two different things. It is normal to have some poses very easy for you and others feel like they take a lot of strength or work to do. These hard poses are the poses that will guide your body to get stronger and more open. Stick with it and you will soon see the progress.
• Ask for help if you are unsure how to perform a certain movement. Remember we are here to help you grow. Our teachers love to hear their students introspecting on what they are experiencing in class. This is one of the unique gifts of doing yoga at a Yoga Center or Studio.
• Our teachers walk around when they teach so they can see you and make adjustments verbally or physically if needed. If you do not want a teacher to adjust you please let them know before the class.
• Some people may experience minor muscle soreness after yoga. This soreness can be treated with applied cold packs for the first 24 hours and moist heat or Epsom Salt baths thereafter. This pain may not present itself for 1-2 days after class. However, if you experience severe pain in your back, neck or joints, or if the pain or discomfort last for more than 3 days, this is an indication that you are pushing or straining in the exercises. Please talk with the teacher about this.
• Also, drink lots of water after class, preferably room temperature (to keep your digestive fire strong); this will help flush your system of the toxins released from your body tissues during yoga.
• Spend some quiet time after class to allow yourself to integrate the beneficial changes you've made in your body, mind and emotions. This is one reason we practice Savasana (relaxation) at the end of class.
While you will notice some very definite changes from just one weekly class, practicing on your own in between classes and/or taking more classes each week can dramatically increase the benefits. At home, experiment with one or two exercises that you like, and try them in the morning just after you wake up(the Sun Salutation is a good morning exercise), or at night just before going to sleep. Even a few minutes a day will markedly increase your concentration, resistance to stress and resistance to disease. If possible practice regularly at the same chosen time and place.