Want to get the most out of your time on the mat? New to yoga and not entirely sure where to start? We decided to share our 6 secret yoga success tips!
(You may already know some, so maybe not so secret, but everyone needs a little reminder, right?)
1. Determine the type of class:
At Stretch we offer a range of different classes, give them a quick perusal if you ever find yourself wondering some of our most popular of wonderings:
“Basically which one is the easiest?” (Simple Stretch)
“Can I just roll around on some bolsters for an hour and feel chill af?” (Deep Stretch)
“I like the yoga, I like the flow, I like a little bit of a challenge and I also like feeling a little exhausted in sweet sweet savasana” (Flowing Stretch)
2. Maybe don't take the class on a full stomach: at least that’s the general consensus. Listen to your body, if moving and twisting right after a heavy meal feels good for you… don’t let get in your groove. However, generally, yoga instructors recommend eating a light meal 2 hours (minimum) before class. Eating right before practicing yoga often promotes discomfort in some, sluggish feels for others, and/or down right food comas for people like me.
3. Arrive early: Optimal mat position (hello aircon), and 10/10 promise you'll stroll into the studio feeling all relaxed and organised and like a boss at yoga etiquette. Plus, those extra few minutes before class gives you ample time and opportunity to let the teacher know of any injuries or ask any questions.
4. Talk to us: Following on, coming in a little earlier gives you time to talk to any of our friendly staff and some like minded yoga friends to be. Now we can’t speak for all yoga studios, but at Stretch we really love getting to know you (human interaction is kinda really nice) so please don’t hesitate to join in on the usual banter.
5. Grab all of the props: Typically our teachers lay out all the props needed for a class near their mat (at the front of the studio), however grabbing all the essentials (strap, bolster, blanket, block) is always a good idea. While our lovely teachers try to always give variations, no one knows your body like you do! So, for those sensitive knees feel free to place a blanket underneath at any time you feel to. Or if a stretch is too strong, just use a strap to assist.
6. Child's Pose is always an option: use it. Everyone has a different yoga journey, even those who have been practicing daily for years still rave about how important it is to listen to your body. If you ever feel out of breath, stressed or just need a few moments to centre yourself, child pose away! At Stretch we believe a good class is a class you enjoy throughout, not one where immense pain or discomfort floods your whole hour. Be gentle with yourself, just a few deep breaths and a quiet pause can transform your whole practice.
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