GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR YOGA PRACTICE
The benefits of yoga are plentiful. Studies prove, practice shows, and history knows that yoga is more than just an exercise class. To really get the most out of your yoga practice, follow these simple steps:
Come to class free of expectations. Beginning without expectations gives you a greater chance of receiving the benefits of your practice. Don’t expect the class to be like any other, don’t expect the other students to leave the same spot open for you again, and don’t expect your body to be able to hold a posture in the same way if you are tired. Letting go and experiencing what really is the magic of being present. Moving into each class with an open mind allows you to fully experience the moment instead of wrestling with what you had hoped it to be. Let it all go, so you can stay in the present.
Have an intention. An intention is about the state of being, not about the final result. So choose an intention to keep your mind focused on during every breath of the practice. This will allow you to truly experience the moments, instead of struggling with the idea of the end result—like a perfect pose or open hips.
Free yourself of distractions. A big part of a yoga class is staying focused and not letting your mind chatter so loudly that you can’t hear the teacher telling you to grab a block for triangle pose. Wear comfortable clothing and don’t get distracted by what someone else is doing, if you’re distracted by these minor annoyances, you are not present in the practice.
Disclose physical limitations to your teacher. Speak up if your lower back hurts, your knees are playing up, or you have a stiff shoulder. There are always modifications to a pose so that you can participate fully – don’t be shy speak up about your needs.
Listen to your body. Your body has its own intelligence – allow it to show you what it requires. Being kind to your body is not being in competition with others, it’s about listening to your hamstrings when they are screaming at you and making adjustments. Be present and respect your body.
Leave your phone at the door. Respect your practice. Don’t bring a watch, phone, or any other device onto the mat that can connect you to the outside world. Let go of those thoughts that drag you out of the class and into the office. In yoga, you are nowhere but there, so stressing about how much time is left brings you out of the moment. Which equates to: yoga moment lost.
Breathe. Simple, powerful, and vitally important: breathe. On the mat, and off, you’ll get more out of whatever you do and whatever you think if you inhale and exhale mindfully. It will keep you balanced, focused, practicing within your capacity, and mostly, will allow you to fully experience and appreciate the moments in your practice. Which brings us to the final point…
Be grateful. Feel thankful for getting yourself to class, onto the mat, and into the moment. Your attitude of gratitude will infuse your practice and will help ensure that what you’ve gained in class will remain with you long after you’ve rolled up the mat and walked back into the outside world.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I do Yoga when I am menstruating?
Depending on your body, you are welcome to attend Yoga. You may wish to shift the focus to more restorative poses and deeper breath work. As always, it is important to be respectful to your body, and trust what is right for you as an individual.
Can I do Yoga if I have an injury?
Please ask for advice from your GP, (the same applies if you obtain injuries during your Yoga term – seek approval from your GP), always inform your teacher of any ailments and injuries and the advice given from a medical professional.
Can I get changed for my Yoga class at the venue?
Toilets are available at all venues which can be used to change in.
What type of yoga is taught at Becs McBride Yoga?
Becs McBride Yoga teaches Hatha Yoga. The main focus on all classes is working with the breath and concentration on correct and safe alignment within the postures. Remember Yoga is non-competitive, unlike other activities, you can view Yoga as a lifelong companion that can be adapted and changed with the various stages to fit with your lifestyle.