Practical practise guidelines
- Arrive in plenty of time to be ready and settled for practise
- Avoid eating immediately before practising any asanas - postures
- Hydrate with water before or after rather than during
- Allow the breath to be even and steady - in and out through the nose
- Try to be in the present, the now, focusing on the movement and how your body changes with the movement
- Let the mind be passive and calm. Try not to over think things
- Observe habitual movements and preferences - are these helpful or not?
- Regard the mind and body as a whole, connected, integrated, supporting and working in harmony
- Be open to new sensations or suggestions, ready to explore
- If something hurts or feels wrong, stop
- Focus on your own practice rather than comparing with a fellow student
- Be impartial rather than competitive or wishful. We all have different bodies and can only move with what we have at any given time
- Follow instructions creatively and as imaginatively as possible, feeling and understanding how your body moves through a posture is important. Never force or rush a posture, nor maintain a posture for longer than is useful, coming out of the posture just as gracefully as you went in
- Inform the teacher of any injuries or changes that may affect your practise
Enjoy your practise, then your practice will become a joy!