Preparing for class
It's best not to eat in the two hours before your yoga practice (or just have something very light), but be well hydrated. It is not necessary to book for classes - just arrive at the studio 10 minutes prior to class to settle in.
Wear comfortable clothes that allow ease of movement. Please avoid wearing perfumes or using fragranced products prior to class as they contain chemicals that can affect other people in class. Pure essential oils are fine.
If you sweat a lot, or like to have extra padding under your knees, please bring a towel to class.
WHEN YOU arrive
Leave your shoes on the black shelves inside the door. A Tribe team member will greet you and sign you in. If it's your first visit and you haven't already signed up online, they'll ask you to complete a form and then show you around. There are shelves inside the studio for your bags and keys. The door at the back of the studio leads to the bathroom.
Once inside the studio, collect a yoga mat and any props you like to use and settle onto your mat. Take your attention within - tune in to your breath and meditate or at least begin relaxing your body and settling your mind.
Take responsibility for your practice
You will usually get better results working at 70-80% of capacity than you will if you push hard in your practice. Being gentle with the body is not only safer, it is more likely to respond. Your yoga practice will feel different on different day, so always approach it fresh and without expectations. Yoga is strictly non-competitive, so ignore what is happening on other people's mats around the studio.
Although the teacher is there to guide and inspire you, your practice is ultimately your responsibility. If you need to modify a pose to suit your body and limitations, please do.
What happens in a yoga class?
The teacher will begin by inviting you to be fully present, possibly by tuning in to the breath and setting an intention for your practice. You'll warm the body up gently then progressively move to more challenging poses, then finish with floor stretches and always always always a deep relaxation in Savasana (Corpse Pose).
YOGA STUDIO ETIQUETTE
- Please go barefoot in the studio.
- Place the left front corner of your yoga mat on a sticker on the floor to ensure enough space for others.
- If you need to leave class early for any reason have a chat with the teacher before class begins to ensure you don’t disrupt others. Unless there is a compelling reason you need to leave, it's never okay to leave before or during Savasana.
- Make sure your phone is on 'do not disturb' so that it won't ring, beep or vibrate during class.
Please fold your mat in half, corners to corners, and place it neatly on the pile. Place all other props away as well. Use your towel to wipe up any sweat from around your mat.
Are your teachers qualified?
Absolutely. All Yoga Tribe teachers have been chosen for their technical knowledge of yoga, their teaching skills and their talent for guiding a creative class that is engaging and inspiring for participants.
What does 'om' mean?
'Om' or 'Aum' is the sound ancient sages heard when they experienced profound understanding of the nature of the universe during meditation. It is said to be the sound from which all of the universe is created. Chanting or repeating the sound 'aum' encourages us to tune in to the spiritual nature of life.
what does 'namaste' mean?
Simply, 'Namaste' is a greeting in the spiritual language of Sanskrit that acknowledges that we are all more than our physical bodies, that we each have a soul. My soul honours your soul.