If you’re like me, getting to your yoga practice is often a rushed affair that ends in finding a place in the studio and landing on the mat just in time for the instructor to begin. But if possible, there are some essential things that should be considered before one depends to the mat to begin the practice.
- Be mentally ready to begin approximately an hour of letting go of your daily demands and focusing on yourself through your yoga. This is a time for you and it’s important to allow this space to be as much as it can be, especially if you are putting the effort into doing it.
- Make sure you have all of the equipment needed – primarily your mat and water. Most studios have block and straps as well as other props. It’s like having your gym stuff in your bag ready to go.
- Try to avoid heavy meals or simply eating close to practice time. Most yoga experts recommend an “empty” stomach. Hydration before during and after is always recommended. So bringing water is good.
- Wear your best and most comfortable yoga apparel that will bring out the best in you. Try to keep them ready and fresh. Having the appropriate yoga apparel that is fresh and comfortable works for you, your fellow yogis and teachers who get close-up doing adjustments.
- Be on time and ready to go. Adjusting your schedule so that you can be a few minutes before class time allows everyone to grab a spot in the studio that is best suited to them. Teachers appreciate this too!
Feel free to add to this list with your own experience.