Information for Students
- Wear clothes that you can easily move in; stretchy,comfortable clothes. Baggy clothes should be avoided because they inhibit movement and obscure alignment. Bring something warm for the relaxation at the end.
- Bare feet are essential to safe and correct practice.
- Do not eat a heavy meal within 2 hours (before) a class; a very light snack is okay if you feel you need to eat something.
- Students are encouraged to purchase their own mats. This aids home practice and maintains sanitary conditions!
- Do not speed to class! If you are late, please enter silently and respectfully; so not to disturb others.
- The most common cause of injury in Yoga (although extremely rare) is non-disclosure of a pre-existing condition. Talk to Kevin and he will modify / customise the asana to heal your body, mind and spirit.
If you are new to Yoga, Kevin is happy to lend you a mat (please let him know before coming to class). However, it is far more hygienic to have your own mat!
There is a big difference between a ‘sticky’ mat and a ‘stinky’ mat. The former is to be sought after and latter to be avoided, particularly when doing the ‘Child’s’ pose!
Part of Yoga philosophy is about the importance of cleanliness and purity within your practice – ‘Saucha’. This practice extends to the cleanliness of your mat; come on, own up! Who hasn’t cleaned their mat in the last couple of months or even years?!!
It is recommended that you wash your mat every couple of months; if it is very dirty, you can wash it in your machine with a little non-bio detergent (cool wash cycle – 30 degrees).
Alternatively, you can wash it in the bath (preferably, not at the same time as yourself!). It is important not to fold or roll your mat up until it is completely dry.
It is a good idea to spray and wipe down your mat more regularly than this, and, whenever possible, hang your yoga mat between classes, rather than leave it rolled up.
There are numerous cleaning products on the market, but you can make your own cleaning solution; that is cheaper and more fun:
Use a small water sprayer bottle and make up a simple solution of water blended with your favourite essential oils. The best ones to use are antibacterial and antifungal oils: Lavender, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Eucalyptus or Tea Tree. *Caution should always be used when using essential oils as they can have a very strong effect. Be particularly careful if pregnant or if you have certain medical conditions!*