Hold off on food – eat a minimum of 2 hours before class; more than 3 hours is even better.
If you absolutely need something to make it through, then a light snack, such as a fruit or vegetable or fresh juice, will generally be ok up to a half an hour before class.
Drink lots of water – come to class well hydrated and bring a water bottle with you.
You can add a pinch of sea salt to replenish your electrolytes.
Bring two large towels and a mat – or rent one of ours for £1 each.
One towel to put on top of your mat to catch the sweat and the second towel to dry yourself off after class. You can also rinse off with a quick shower and you’ll likely want a change of clothes.
Dress lightly – fitted shorts and a sports top are best.
Avoid clothes that will cling to you, like cotton t-shirts or loose baggy trousers. Classes are done barefoot, so leave your shoes in the reception area.
Arrive early – aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts.
This will give you enough time get changed, settled and comfortable in the room and still leave time for any last minute bathroom breaks. You are also welcome to chat and get to know your fellow yogis. The main door is locked just before class begins, so if you are late, then you won’t be able to get in.
Talk to your teacher – tell us about any recent injuries or illnesses.
We can suggest possible pose modifications and it will help us to better tailor the class to your needs.
Smell fresh – but leave the perfume at home.
You will get hot and sweaty, and trust us when we say that in the hot room, cleanliness is indeed the next best thing to godliness.
Be receptive – follow the instructions to the best of your ability.
If you are new, then trust that you will hear what you need to hear. If you are a regular, then explore the finer distinctions and listen for something new each class.
Listen to yourself – let go of expectations and respect your body.
Every day is different and all you need to be is yourself and who you are in this present moment. Be aware of your edges, accept any perceived limits and appreciate the magnificence of your body.
Silence in savasana – savour your final savasana.
After class ends, be respectful of other students and wait until the overhead lights are turned back on before talking. If you need to leave before this, then do so as quietly as possible.