Some things to think about before you come to class...
Honour Your Body
Your yoga practice should always serve your body. Remember that you don't have to do every pose or always take the most challenging option. Listen to the subtle signs that your body is giving you. Find the balance between effort and ease in each pose. Take water and breaks as needed.
If something doesn't suit your body, please feel free to ask for an alternative pose. If something doesn't make sense, ask for clarification. I'm always happy to share and will do my best to make sure that you are getting the most out of your practice. If you are interested in different styles of yoga or intermediate/advanced poses, let me know and we can work on them.
Yoga is a Lifelong Practice
Don't be hard on yourself if you struggle with a pose or have trouble quieting your mind. It takes time for your practice to evolve. No matter how long or hard you practice, there is always something to work on. Try not to have expectations for what your practice "should" be. Try to enjoy what you're doing and greet challenges as they arise.
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History and Philosophy:
The Bhagavad Gita - Eknath Easwaran
A Year of Living Your Yoga: Daily Practices to Shape Your Life - Judith Hanson Lasater
The Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice - Deborah Adele
Myth of the Asanas: The Ancient Origins of Yoga - Alanna Kaivalya, Arjuna van der Kooij, Shiva Rea
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Mukunda Stiles
Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga - Rolf Gates, Katrina Kenison
What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication - Ike Lasater, Judith Hanson Lasater
Asanas: 608 Yoga Postures - Sri Dharma Mittra
2,100 Asanas - Daniel Lacerda
The Power of Ashtanga Yoga - Kino MacGregor
Your Body, Your Yoga - Bernie Clark
Mats and Props
Jade Yoga Mats Canada - http://www.jadeyogamats.ca
I am a huge fan of Jade yoga mats. I generally don't recommend any other mat. Please consider getting one. They are absolutely worth it.
Healthy Life Cycle - http://www.healthylifecycle.ca
Halfmoon - http://www.shophalfmoon.com