What can I expect at my first class?
Each lesson lasts approximately 75 minutes. Before the class commences please take off your shoes, turn off your mobile phone, place any gear to the side of the room, close your eyes and lie down in Savasana, the relaxation pose, shown below.
feet pointing away from the teacher, relax,
and wait for the class to begin.
You will also assume this position again in the final part of the class after completing the postures and other exercises.
If you feel uncomfortable lying with your legs straight bend your knees and bring your feet flat. If you have a light blanket you can use it as a low pillow or to cover yourself. Your body can grow cool quickly when lying still, even in warm weather.
Typically a class consists of
Gentle limbering movements to warm up the body
Breathing exercises and a variety of rejuvenating postures and techniques
A short period of relaxation
We work with the breath throughout the lesson. Generally the breathing in Yoga is in and out through the nostrils unless otherwise stated. This may seem difficult to start with, but do not worry, just do what you feels right for you. This natural method of breathing will become second nature over time.
Yoga is non-competitive. You do not need to be concerned with what other students can or can not do, everybody is different. A posture that is easy one day may not be as easy the next.
Listen to your body. Do what you feel comfortable with. Try to do what you can, but never strain the body. If something hurts, stop.
Yoga is not about twisting the body into strange positions. If there is anything you do not wish to do, you do not have to do it!
Do not expect perfection, simply relax and enjoy your first class. For many people Yoga is an acquired taste, so please allow yourself enough time to experience the benefits that come from the regular practice of the postures and techniques before deciding if Ageless Yoga is for you at this time of your life.