How Do I Prepare?
*Stay hydrated- It is ideal to intake at least 2.5 liters of water throughout the day and replace the water you lose during your practice. So, drinking an addtional 2.5 liters during and after class is suggested. If you come to class dehydrated, you will notice that you will not have the mental focus or hydration for a successful practice that day.
*Have a light stomach- Should you need to eat a snack, try a piece of fruit. Experiment with different routines on when to eat to see what works for you. Most have eaten 2-3 hours before their practice.
*Become acclimated to the hot studio- If you become nauseated or light headed during class, simply sit or lie down until it subsides. Listen to your body and know that missing one or several asanas will not hinder your practice.
*Become one with your sweat- Whisking away perspiration with a towel in class will cause the body to create more sweat and distract others and yourself from your focus. Over time, you will become accustomed to it. Bring a towel to class (bath towel size is preferred). Bring two if you would like to create a pyramid fold for savasana (opens chest and provides more comfort). CSY has both mat and towel rentals for $1.00 each.
*Every day is different- listen to your body. Certain postures may be easier to do on some days than others. If you can’t smile while practicing, then you are not doing yoga. Technique overrides extremes.
*Decompress and Relax- One of the most challenging aspects in today’s society is to learn how to relax. Try to arrive at least 10 minutes early to class in order to decompress from the day’s activities and dedicate this time to yourself. You may come into the studio, meditate, and set your intentions for your practice. If a class is still in session, please relax on the benches next to the studio & enjoy the yoga literature provided by CSY.
*Allow yourself to feel- Emotions of every kind may expose themselves as you continue on your yoga journey. Because everything is connected in yoga (mind, body, emotions), you may experience laughter, tears, or anger during or after class. Consider this to be a part of the cleansing process and lead you one step closer to your “inner wholeness”.
*Ask Questions- Feel welcome to ask any of our teachers any questions or concerns you may have.