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5 Tips to get the most out of your yoga class

Are you looking for ways to get the most out of your yoga class? Yoga is an ancient practice that has been around for centuries. It is a powerful form of exercise that can help improve flexibility, strength, and balance while calming the mind. With the right tips, you can make the most of each yoga class and get the best results from your practice. Here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of your yoga class.

1) Wear comfortable clothing
Dress in layers; every teacher has a temperature preference, and every student is different. Yoga is typically practiced at a comfortable room temperature. At La Maison, this is typically in the low to mid-70s. You want to be able to move freely and focus on your breath and poses rather than worrying about your clothing. 

2) Bring a mat if you have one
Use a sticky mat so your hands and feet don’t slide, and you are steadier in each pose. We have plenty if you don’t have your own. You should also bring water and stay hydrated! We also offer complimentary Lemon Water in the main lobby if you forgot your own. 

3) Try to practice at least 2-3 times a week
Consistency is key. Try to practice at least 2-3 times a week and you’ll notice a change to mood and flexibility within a month if not after the very first class. 

4) Practice self-acceptance throughout the class
Yoga is a judgment-free zone! Practice self-acceptance and self-compassion throughout the practice. This is very important! Watch your thoughts, emotions and perceptions. If they’re negative, you don’t have to believe them. Notice how you feel and adjust accordingly if needed. Your body will tell you what it needs. 

5) Never feel pressured to do anything that feels uncomfortable.
Never feel pressured to do anything that feels uncomfortable or to look like the person next to you. We are all at different places in our practice in terms of experience, injuries, health conditions, how we are feeling emotionally and energy level.  Yoga is the opposite of group fitness/competitive sports. It’s about listening to your body and honoring where it’s at every single time. If there is an asana that does not fit with what your body needs right now- no problem! By slowing down and being mindful with each pose, practitioners can gain greater strength, flexibility and balance with less risk of injury.

While there is no “one size fits all” approach to yoga, these tips are a great place to start.  So, take some time each day to slow down, breathe deeply, relax into postures and take yourself on a journey of healing and transformation through Yoga!

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