Mountain View Yog

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Practice Guidelines

Food

Meals should be eaten at least 4 hours before class and snacks around 2 hours. It’s recommended not to drink during practice, so remember to have some water beforehand.

Clothes

Preferably shorts, leggings or yoga pants so your legs are visible for the teacher to make adjustments.

Health

Please inform your teacher before class if you have ANY medical conditions at all, even if you think it won’t affect your ability to do yoga. Your teacher knows how Iyengar interacts with medical conditions and will assess whether adaptations are necessary.

Ladies

Menstruation/pregnancy – please inform your teacher before class. Long hair – should be tied up in a bun or similar.

Arrival at the studio

Should be at least 10 minutes before scheduled start time. Phones to be turned OFF and kept out of sight. Find your spot and sit in silence to prepare mind and body for practice.

Safety

Is our priority and must also be yours. Listen to your body and don’t try to push yourself; it’s not a competition and improvement is a gradual process. Any sharp or unexpected pains anywhere on the body should immediately be reported to your teacher. Remember to focus upon your OWN progress and compare yourself only to YOURSELF, practicing at your own pace.

Know Your Level

Beginners

If you’re completely new to yoga or have less than 6 months’ experience of Iyengar, start here. Covering the fundamental poses, actions and terminology used in Iyengar while developing strength, stamina and flexibility. Focusing on standing/seated poses, with forward extensions and some simple twists, this level is suitable for practitioners of all ages.

General

Once you’re familiar with the basics of Iyengar, usually around 6 months continuous practice, you will be ready to progress to a bigger variety of asanas. This level includes some basic inversions, with alternatives offered for those still developing this skill.

General/Intermediate

After around a year of steady Iyengar practice, this will be the right class for you. Offering a much more intensive routine, including basic pranayama and a broader variety of asanas. In addition to standing poses we practice back-bends, forward extensions, and inversions such as Sirsasana (head-stand) and Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder-stand).

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