Preparing for Class
What to bring
Please bring your own Yoga mat if you have one, if you do not, I have high quality machine washable Yoga mats for sale which can be purchased at the class or workshop you attend. At both Heart Twickenham and Earthlife Kew Gardens we have a number of mats available for use in class should you forget your mat.
What to wear
Wear loose fitting, easy-to-move-and-stretch in clothes, preferably cotton or cotton mix. Also something warm for relaxation time i.e. socks and a fleece. I recommend you wear "layers"! Remove footwear prior to entering the studio.
When to eat
Avoid a heavy meal prior to Yoga practice and do not eat anything for at least one to two hours prior to practice. If this is not practical (especially in the case of pregnant women) please try and eat only something light- only a small amount of food that is easily digestible (for example, raw vegetables or fruit)
When to come
Arrive in good time for your class, but no more than 15 minutes before the start. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for your class we may be unable to let you in
What to tell us
If you are booking a course you are required to fill out health/medical information when booking. However, if you are trying a class or a drop-in student you must inform your teacher if you suffer from very high blood pressure, heart disease, retinal problems, epilepsy, have a joint replacement or recently undergone any major surgery, it is always wise to consult your doctor prior to beginning a Yoga programme. If you are menstruating heavily it is recommended that you avoid inverted postures, please refer to your teacher.
Listen to your own body-don't force yourself into any of the postures or force your breath-relax and enjoy. Yoga is not competitive so there is no need to compare yourself to anyone else other than to be inspired by an experienced students practice!
If you find that you cannot attend a class that you have booked, it is helpful if we know in advance that you are not coming so please let us know.
Please do not use mobile phones in class unless special circumstances apply –please tell us.