Arrive a few minutes early
This will give you a chance to get into the room, set up and center yourself for your class. This is especially true for Hot Vinyansa classes because it will take your body a few minutes to adjust to the high temperature.
Be on time and try to stay for the entire class
You’ll get lots of cardio in the first part of class, but floor postures and savasana are where your practice really sets in and opening occurs. The last twenty minutes are just as important as the first, so make a commitment to stay in the room. Savasana is sacred.
The word vinyasa means, “movement with breath”
We encourage Ujayii (“victorious”) breathing, which helps to build heat in the body and increase flexibility and strength as well as calm the nervous system and focus the mind. If your breath becomes shallow or quick, you may be struggling, so back out of the posture, regain your breath and begin again.
Hands-on adjustments from an instructor can asssit your practice
If you prefer not to be adjusted, let the teacher know before class begins.
Everyone is a beginner at some point
We strive to provide you with a class that is both challenging and rewarding for your mind and body. If you need to take child’s pose or a sip of water, please do. Don’t look for perfect postures, look for healthy ones.
Listen to your body
Your postures may not look like anyone else’s. We are all at different levels. We have blocks and straps in the studio to assist you. A yoga class is a community and we honor every student’s practice. At Charlotte Yoga we want to provide you with a competition-free environment where you feel safe and supported. Your teachers and fellow students are there to support you.