This is your time to develop a relaxed awareness of body, breath and mind. Be gentle but firm with your body. Do not strain or go beyond your capacity.  In yoga there is no competition.

Practise regularly and don’t expect overnight results or push yourself too far too soon.  You will be amazed at the results you get in a surprisingly short time. Through developing the discipline of a regular practice you will get exactly where you are meant to be at exactly the right time.

Be really careful if you have any existing health complaints or niggles and use common sense. Do not do anything that might cause pain, suffering or mental anxiety. Common medical problems or conditions requiring caution include: high blood pressure, ulcer, hernia, lower back pain, spinal disc problems, pregnancy etc. “No pain, no gain” does not apply in yoga – it is “no pain, no pain”.  Pain is the body’s way of telling us to stop.

Wait about one half hour after drinking liquids and 2-4 hours after solid foods (depending on how much you have eaten) before practicing yoga postures. Allow your body time to digest food and eliminate liquids.

Wear comfortable clothing that enables you to move freely.

Many twisting poses are detoxifying so it is a good idea to drink water during and after the class to help flush out the toxins from your body.