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Make the Most of Your Next Yoga Class

I've been attending yoga classes for about 10 years now. Here are some things I've learned through trial and error going to all those classes. This is mostly for newbies but veterans may still find a nugget in there. This weekend I'm heading to Tucson, Arizona for an Acroyoga weekend with the AcroVan. Look for a post on that next week. Have a great weekend!

Photo: Fabio Filippi

Photo: Fabio Filippi

1. Register in advance online. Preferably the day before. The further out you commit to something the more likely you are to follow through with it. You'll also likely save time when you arrive by signing up in advance.

2. Do some research. Read the teacher's bio. If you don't have your own mat find out if you can rent one.  Some studios have specific etiquette listed on their website - check that out too. If you've never been there - find out about the parking situation in advance. Some have dedicated parking, some use a paid lot where you can get validated, some only have on street parking with meters.

3. Plan to arrive early. You will feel more relaxed going into class if you allow extra time for things like getting caught in traffic. Use the extra time to get warmed up, relax in savasana or meditate.

4. Plan to stay a little longer.  It's not uncommon that classes will go over the allotted time and you don't want to feel rushed leaving. Also this will give you some extra time to ask the teacher a question at the end of class or get to know other students.

5. Arrive on an empty stomach. Deep twists and bow poses are really not fun if you haven't fully digested your last meal. How long is long enough? Start with about 4 hours after eating solid food and experiment from there. Find what works for you.

Did I miss anything? Do you have any rituals or tips you follow before heading into a class?