The Safety Golden Rule of Yoga: Foster a practice that leaves you feeling better at the end of practice than the beginning.
Other guidelines for a happy, safe experience:
- You are the master of your body and experience, and thus, you are your best teacher. Follow your wisdom.
- Know your body. Honoring your limitations is a sign of maturity in your practice. Remember, they are only limitations today!
- Use your breath as a barometer: Is it rhythmic and deep? If not, soften your practice or rest in child’s pose.
- Discern between pain and discomfort. Pain (sharp, shooting, tingling, throbbing) is never ok; however, discomfort is an incredible opportunity to cultivate peace in the midst of challenge.
- Slay the comparison beast. It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing – love what you can do today, and aspire to what’s possible for you!
- Practice safe alignment
- Before extending into a pose, engage your core & move intentionally into the shape.
- Protect your spine by engaging the abdominals and neutralizing your pelvis.
- Never laterally twist or lock your knee.
- Stack your joints.
- Root down through the body part touching the earth before opening the pose.
- Your feet matter. Lift your arches while pressing of the feet down.
- Engage the shoulders by sliding the blades back and down.
- Micro-bend or soften the joints. It’s subtle but it protects the join while strengthening the muscles.
- Food & Drink:
- Practice should happen on a digested belly. We suggest waiting 2 hours after eating a meal and 1 hour after a snack.
- Hydrate moderately 30 minutes before & during practice, and generously post practice.