• Arrive early. Getting to class ten minutes early can help you settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class. While you are waiting you can practice a pose, stretch or just sit or lie quietly.
  • Avoid eating two to three hours prior to class. Practicing on a full stomach may result in cramps, nausea or vomiting, especially in twists, deep forward bends or inversions. Digesting food also takes energy so you may feel lethargic before or during class.
  • Communicate injuries or special needs. Let your instructor know of any health concerns or injuries and skip postures that may exacerbate your injury or try a modified version.
  • Create an intention. This will help you focus. You may find it helpful to dedicate your practice to a person or cause. Your intention might be to become more aware, understanding, loving, compassionate, healthier, stronger or more skillful.
  • Maintain the peace and quiet. Refrain from bringing in wireless phones or PDAs. Keep socializing outside of the studio as it is distracting to have extended or loud conversation in the yoga room. There is to be no talking in the yoga room. Arrive clean and free of scents that might distract or offend others.
  • Don’t push it. Avoid comparing your practice to another’s. Do what you can without straining or injuring yourself. You will go farther faster by taking a loving attitude toward yourself and work from where you are rather than from where you think you should be.
  • Pick up neatly. Put away any props and clean any water or sweat from the floor around you.
  • Don’t enter class late or leave early. It is disruptive to others.
  • Take time for reflection.