What To Expect From My Yoga Class

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She had great difficulty when she started. Now, look at her.

  • I do not accept students with the following conditions: vertigo, slipped disc, or hernia.
  • Do not eat 3 hours before practice. Do not take fluid 30 minutes before practice.
  • Bring a yoga mat.
  • Once class begins, there is no talking except between teacher and student.

Yoga is a potentially dangerous practice, so follow your instructions carefully. If you have pain, dizziness, or do not understand my instructions, let me know immediately.

No one will be turned away because they are unable to pay. Pay what you can, or pay when you can.

Expect repetition.

My training method runs on proficiency, not personality.

You should not strain or grimace. We do not jump into asanas. We move slowly in and out with breath.

All breathing is done through the nose. Why? The sinuses moisten the breath. The sinuses filter the breath. Through nose breathing, the inhalation and exhalation can be lengthened more easily than with mouth breathing. Sinus usage is “a use it or lose it,” so especially if you have sinus problems, you need to breathe through the nose.

I do not pull, twist, or lean on students. Adjustments are made gently.

Typically, I do not do a “led class” (where you must follow what I do). All students will receive personal instruction and their own program.

I don’t want my students to “do” an asana (yoga posture). I want my students to know an asana.

A student needs at least three practices a week, either at home or in class, or they are wasting their time and increasing their chance of injury.

Do not worry about the speed of your progress or “keeping up” with other students. For example, it took a year and a half of prep work before a student of mine could do sirsasana, the headstand. Now, her sirsasana is beautiful, and she can also do many variations.

The class chant is:   

Sarve bhavantu sukinahah (May all be happy)

Sarve santu niramayah (May all be free from disabilities)

Sarve bhadrani pasyantu (May all look to the good of others)

Ma kaschid-dukha-bahg-bhavet (May none suffer sorrow)

Om santih, santih, santih (Om, peace, peace, peace)