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New to Yoga? / FAQ

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Well, clothes, of course !   /   Your Sunday best.  /   Your birthday suit.

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Wear comfortable clothing.  Shoes are not allowed inside the studio practice room, it’s okay to wear socks, however, practicing barefoot is recommended.

Longer answer :

I wear a T-shirt and casual shorts during the warm months and jeans during the colder months. One advantage being I don’t have to change clothes before and after class ! Most yogis like to wear something more loose and comfortable than jeans though.  Bring a sweater (or jumper as it’s called here in Ireland ! – where’s me jumper ? !) even when it’s warm out, as the body tends to cool down during the relaxation period at the end of class.  Shoes are not allowed in the studio.  Practicing barefoot is recommended as one gets a better grip on the yoga mat (get a grip yee yogis !).  Additionally, feet love to be naked ! There are a substantial number of reflexology meridians points on the feet.  Practicing barefoot helps to stimulate these points (particularly on the bottom of the feet).   It’s another positive by-product of practicing yoga, one gets an automatic foot massage (@ no extra charge !).  I stay barefoot (wearing sandals) outside of class too outdoors and indoors as much as possible when the weather permits.  Feet love to breathe.  By the way, the first yoga class I attended, I plopped down on a mat with my runners on (quickly spotted by the teacher and corrected !).

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If you attend class so hungry that the sound of your tummy rumbling disrupts class, you will be given something to eat immediately (unless the rumbling sounds like some kind of ancient soothing chanting).

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Ideally, not a full or empty tummy, but don’t let an empty or full tummy stop you from attending class.

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If you’ve eaten a large meal, ideally it’s best to wait a couple of hours before practicing yoga.  However, as always in yoga, modifications can be engaged.  It’s suggested that asanas (postures) involving inversions such as shoulder stand, Sarvangasana, known as the Mother of all Asanas and headstand (this posture would not be practiced in a beginners class), Shirshasana, known as the Father of all Asanas, be avoided on a full stomach.  Better yet, instead of avoiding inversions completely, hold for as long as is comfortable, not crossing your comfort zone boundary.  Holding an inversion even for a few seconds aids in digestion (sparking agni, the yogic term for fire) which is an especially valuable benefit for a full tummy.

Speaking of food and tummies, this might be a timely time to plug the Wednesday early morning (sunrise) class.  After class there is a Porridge Party (optional), I make Jeff Porridge (cinnamon, medjool dates, and blueberries added while porridge is cooking) for all that care to join post class (@ not extra charge).  Some humans that haven’t attended class even show up (I am thinking about charging for that though !).

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It’s okay to bring your own yoga mat.  If you choose to do so though, it must be colour coordinated with your outfit !

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During covid governmental restriction periods, yes, otherwise no, there are tonnes of mats at the studio to use during class.  For hygiene reasons, it’s best to use your own mat.

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Unity has a click and collect online Shop where one can purchase a mat.  There are beautiful natural wood floors at the studio, which compared to carpeted floors, is a much harder surface.  Therefore, if one has sensitive knees (like me !), one might want to use more than one mat for extra cushioning.  I use 3 thick mats !  If you bring your own mat, this doesn’t mean you have to bring 3 mats to class, you can bring your own to use as a top mat, and use 1 or 2 studio mats underneath (again if there are covid restrictions in place, the studio mats can’t be used).

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Yes and no.

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Yes and no.

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One size does not fit all here.  Some say not to drink water during class as the yoga practice creates heat (tapas) that helps to keep muscles loose.  It also believed this heat triggers agni, digestive fire, increasing the rate of metabolism.  Proponents of this viewpoint believe it’s best to drink water before and after class.  However, if you feel dehydrated, parched, or thirsty by all means hydrate !!  Furthermore, if you normally drink water during physical activity then you’ll probably be better off drinking water while practicing yoga.  I only drink water while teaching yoga if I begin to lose my voice or get a frog lodged in my throat !

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