Tips for a Great Yoga Experience
(currently suspended due to the pandemic)
Wear clothes you can move in. They don't have to be skin-tight, but avoid anything too loose-fitting as they may hang and get in your way during some poses.
Bring a yoga mat or large towel to practice on. If you don't have anything suitable, or you accidentally leave it at home, don't skip practice! We have loaner mats available.
Arrive early. 10-15 minutes is best, but at the very least give yourself enough time to:
Sign in as soon as you arrive
Take off your shoes, jacket, and anything else you wear on the street but don't need for yoga
Turn off your cell phone so you can leave the outside world behind for a little while!
Stay for the entire session. The final poses often help you transition back to "normal" without losing the sense of peace gained throughout the lesson.
Preparation is key when it comes to getting the most out of our online classes!
We recommend that you:
Put the class on your calendar. Treat it like you would any other important appointment. When you show up for yourself, amazing things can happen!
Wear comfy clothing that you can move in easily (layers are recommended).
Gather your props! If you don't have a yoga bolster, blocks, or a strap, no worries! You can use blankets, large books, and a belt or piece of rope instead. We’ll show you how to use what you have to enhance your practice.
Set the mood! Bring out your essential oils or scented lotion, if you enjoy using them. If you have an essential oil diffuser, now is a great time to use it! Consider lowering the lighting in the room or use candles (we love our battery operated ones). You may choose to play gentle music in the background. Your microphone will be muted during the class, so you can play whatever music you like. We find that instrumental music (without words) is less distracting. You can also practice without music.
Have a pen and paper (or a journal) handy. Use them to write down your intention, notes, or any observations you have during class.
Find a quiet place in your home that is warm. If you think you might be too cold on the floor, layer up or use a folded blanket or two to provide some insulation between you and the floor. If there are other people in your house, let them know that you need some quiet time for yourself for the duration of the class.
Reminder: There's no need to be self-conscious; you do NOT have to have your camera on to participate. We look forward to having you join us from the comfort of your home for this special offering!
Yoga outside allows us to continue to practice as a group and safely enjoy the company of others during the pandemic, and it helps prevent cabin fever! It also allows us to get outside our comfort zones and stay connected to nature as the seasons change. Here are our recommendations for your outdoor yoga practice:
Wear breathable layers that you can move and stretch easily in. If rain or mist is in the forecast, a light rain jacket is recommended. Remember the 20 degree rule and dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer than it actually is (so, if the forecast is 40 degrees, put on clothing that would keep you comfortable at 60 degrees). You may feel a bit chilly until you get warmed up, but that won't take long! When in doubt, wear an extra layer that you can tie around your waist in case you get too warm. Bring a hat or ear muffs and gloves; you can always stash them if you don't need them.
Remember to wear a mask.
Wear sturdy shoes that you can walk or hike in. Light hikers or trail shoes are great.
OTHER USEFUL GEAR
We love using hiking poles or walking sticks to assist with balancing postures, as well as during a hike or walk. To stay hydrated, make sure to bring some water with you. Also consider carrying hand sanitizer whenever you are away from home, to keep those hands clean!
KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER
Check the forecast before class so that you will be prepared and can dress for the temperature and conditions. Pop-Up Classes will take advantage of the best weather but conditions will still vary.
In the past, we've been known to say "leave your expectations at the door" for our indoor classes. For outdoor yoga, you can just leave them in your vehicle! There are more distractions in an outdoor class; this means that we have even more opportunities to practice mindfulness and non-attachment. When you stay open to whatever comes, amazing things can happen! No matter your level of physical ability, you will be able to find just the right amount of challenge in our outdoor classes.