USEFUL TIPS TO EXPERIENCE YOUR BEST YOGA

Follow these useful tips that create all the difference in positive transformation on all levels, physically, mentally and emotionally.

We kindly ask you to respect these simple guidelines. They consist of common sense, easy to remember etiquette and basic rules. These useful tips will get you the best yoga experience at INNERCITYOGA in Geneva.


BEFORE CLASS:

DO arrive early. Getting to class 15 minutes early helps you to get centered and settle in with the purpose of the class. Take this moment for yourself, centering your body and mind, stretching or simply sit or lie quietly and breathe.
5 minutes after class has started, the doors of the centre are locked.


Do choose a class that suits your level.
While most classes are all levels, some classes are not ideal to start with. Consult the class schedule and the special page of beginner-friendly yoga classes.


Do bring a small sweat towel for class.
Please bring a small towel to place your hands and head on during class. Members receive their own personal INNERCITYOGA sweat towel as a welcome gift.


DO quiet down before class. We welcome a fabulous, friendly community at INNERCITYOGA. Please remember to lower your voice when you greet your friends. Your fellow yogis focusing or relaxing prior to class will thank you for it.


DON’T snap your yoga mat in the air. Unroll your yogamat gently on the floor, not it in the air like a towel. Yogamats make an awful loud snapping noise that guarantees to disturb everyone in the room focusing before class starts.


DO let your teacher know about injuries or conditions that might affect your practice. Letting your yoga instructors know before class about injuries or existing medical conditions helps them propose modifications adapted to your needs or evaluate if you are simply working not hard enough. It is absolutely acceptable to skip poses you can’t or shouldn’t do and rest in child’s pose or savasana during class when you feel tired.


DON’T eat for two or three hours before class. Practice yoga on an empty (not hungry) stomach unless you want to experience cramps, nausea, or in worst case vomiting, especially in twists, deep forward bends, and inversions. Digesting heavy food may take way longer than those 2 to 3 hours, using energy and making you feel lethargic.


DON’T stink. Very easy to remember. Good body hygiene is a also part of your mental well-being. Cleanliness shows respect to your fellow yogis and yoga teacher.
We reserve the right to inform participants if other students express complaints about body odor. No hard feelings!


Don't apply strong perfumes.  Out of courtesy to other students, remember to not apply perfume (or only a tiny spritz). When sweating, perfume can develop a strong scent that does not appeal to everyone.

DURING CLASS:

DO listen to your yoga instructor. 
Some poses are not appropriate for all levels. If your yoga teacher tells you to stay in the basic version of the pose, your body is not prepared yet for achieving the more advanced level. No hard feelings, it is for your body’s safety.


DO use props. Even if you are an intermediate or advanced yogi, grab a block when entering the studio. Grab two blocks when you have a stiff body. You will see the difference using props makes in your practice.


DO be quiet during class. 
Take the time of the yoga class to remain silent, even if you are tempted to share your experience with your friends. It is distracting to yourself as well to your fellow yogis and your yoga instructor.


DO push yourself. Practice at 100% of your capacity, particularly when feeling tired. Yoga has an appeasing, yet energizing effect on your nervous system.


DON’T push it. Yoga should be practiced freed from competition with others or yourself. Do what you can without straining or injuring yourself.
Progress comes faster when you take a loving attitude toward yourself.


DON’T bring cell phones to class. Leave socializing and business outside the studio, so the peace of the practice is not disturbed. The only people allowed to bring a cellphone (put on silent) to yogaclass are emergency doctors and young moms.
For the well-being of all yoga students, we do not tolerate the use of a mobile device during class; no texting or taking calls.


DO stay for savasana. Savasana is the most important pose of any yoga class.

DON’T leave during savasana.
It is disruptive to your fellow yogis who channel and recharge their energies during this resting pose.
If you absolutely must leave, do that silently before savasana.


DO bring a special towel or your own mat if you sweat a lot, and arrive clean and free of scents that might distract or offend others.
Fabulous anti-skid yogatowels are sold at the boutique.

AFTER CLASS:

DO pick up and neatly put away any props you use. A good yogi leaves a place in a better state than s/he found it.


DO take time afterwards to think about what you did in class, so you can retain what you learned. Review the asanas you practiced, and note any instructions that particularly made sense. Even if you remember just one thing from each class, soon you will have a lot of information helping you deepen your own personal practice.


DO be courteous: at times, the changing room can get very busy. Please spread the bliss you experienced during your yoga class and remain calm and courteous with your fellow yoginis and yogis.


BE. JUST BE. Stay present and focused after class.


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