I wrote about the preparation for your Yoga Class last post. It’s one of those things where there’s truly a “before, during and after”. The “after” of a Yoga practice is important. You’ve recovered from lying on the floor in savasana and here you go back out into the world. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you do this.
1. Be happy and thankful to yourself for making the effort to be there and challenge yourself. This extends to everyone around you. It’s always nice to bid others good bye or even a nod of acknowledgement since they were part of the experience. I remember being taken completely by surprise after a class when young female friend of my gave me a huge embrace after the class. She wanted to just share the moment. Sure – not everyone wants a hug – especially strangers – but a little kind acknowledgement goes a long way.
2. If you made an intent or goal at the beginning of the class, give some consideration to how you might take it away and continue to use or consider it. If the goal is living your intentions and growing, well why not take it with you. There is a philosophy about “leaving your yoga practice on your mat” but I think that the strength and insight that we sometimes achieve are worth taking with us.
3. Thank the teacher and be sure to let him or her know how much you appreciated and particular parts of the class. It’s always a good opportunity to ask a question.
4. Nurture your body with water. Many classes are dehydrating if you worked hard and sweated.
These are some of my suggestions and I’d be open to your comments.