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ten top tips for the best yoga class

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Before your class, we have 10 top tips to ensure you get the most out of your session and that all our students feel calm and comfortable in the studio.

A perfect moment on a clock in York


We always start on time, so everyone gets the most from their practice. Please turn up 10 minutes before the class begins, so you’re settled and ready to start in good time.


Make sure you’re well-hydrated before you arrive. Drink water before and after your session (ideally not during). Leave at least an hour and a half between eating and your yoga class. We often do a lot of abdominal work and twisting, which can feel uncomfortable on a full stomach.


Wear fresh clothes and, if possible, shower before your session. Worn items ‘hold’ old energy. By wearing fresh clothes, you’ll mentally and physically feel ready for your yoga practice.


You should be able to move freely in your clothes. Leggings and jogging bottoms are ideal. Gents, if you’re wearing shorts, please ensure that they fit you securely (preserving your dignity and sparing ladies’ blushes).

Yoga etiquette


It’s a barefoot practice – so please make sure your feet are clean! Bring socks, so your feet are toasty for the relaxation at the start and end of class.


Please avoid heavily scented perfume. Some of our students may have allergies or be sensitive to strong fragrances.


Bring a light heart and a sense of humour. Our classes are fun and full of energy. We encourage laughter; it boosts your mood, improves your immune system and activates your heart, lungs and muscles.


Turn your mobile phones off completely during class time – vibrating alerts too. Enjoy the time you’re spending on yourself away from any distractions.


Leave your shoes, and the world, at the studio doors. Enter with the intention of focusing on your breath and movements – and feel everything else melt away. However you arrive at the mat, you’ll feel better equipped to deal with life’s demands after your yoga practice.


If someone says ‘namasté’, it’s nice to say it back.
Namaste {nah-mas-tay}. My soul honours your soul.
I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides.
I honour the light, love, truth, beauty & peace within you because it is also within me.
In sharing these things, we are united, we are the same, we are one.

see you on the mat!

Interested in trying out yoga? Come along to a free class and experience how good it can make you feel.