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All you ever really need to bring to a BYC yoga class is an open mind and a reusable water bottle. Filtered water is available but we don’t offer cups in an effort to reduce waste.

 

BYC has eco-friendly and recycled mats, blocks and straps for you to use, though we do encourage getting your own mat for hygienic and energetic reasons.  Our boutique carries both beginner sets and premium mats by Gaiam, but we’re committed to helping students find the mat that’s just exactly perfect for them, so stop by the front desk for help finding your next mat!

In order for teachers to be able to observe and adjust alignment, we prefer that students wear fitted clothing that allows the knee joint and body line to be visible. This includes track pants, yoga pants, shorts, leggings, tops and t-shirts.  Men are required to keep their t-shit on at all times.

 

Jeans, cargo pants and skirts are not appropriate for yoga practice and may cause injury.

 

Please remove your shoes and store them in the shoe bench upon entering. Yoga is practiced barefoot and yoga mats are designed to grip against skin to help in stabilizing the pose. However, if you prefer you may of course leave your socks on.

 

Please refrain from wearing heavy perfumes or colognes to class.

 

If you tend to break out in heavy sweat please carry your own towel.

It is recommended to practice Yoga on an empty stomach. Please allow 2-3 hours after a full meal, or one hour after a small snack. Digesting food takes a great deal of energy. Have you ever noticed how tired you feel after eating a big meal? Practicing Yoga takes a great deal of energy too. It is much kinder to your body to allow it to only have to do one of these major activities at a time.

 

Yoga is an internal art. Each pose stimulates glands and organs in addition to working in the muscles and tendons. You will not receive as many positive benefits in these functions if your body has to keep busy with digestion. Eating and then performing some poses, like forward bends, actually may hinder proper digestion.

Try to arrive a few minutes before class begins. This will give you a chance to check-in to class, find a space in the yoga room, and settle in. If you are late, please wait quietly outside the door until the class finishes the quiet centering practice and OM chant, which happens at the beginning of each class.

 

Leave your shoes in the shoe bench at the entrance, and please remove your socks before you start to practice asana.

 

Always be sure to inform your teacher of any injuries or concerns you may have. They will be able to offer modified or alternate poses to accommodate your condition.

 

Unless you have a special need, please turn off all cell-phones and pagers before class begins. If you must leave your phone on or near you during a class, please inform your teacher.

 

Set your mats out in an even and orderly fashion. Avoid “camping out” – having your jacket, bags, etc. clustered around you. This helps to maintain clarity of alignment in the room and allows the teacher to observe students unimpeded.

 

Once you’ve arrived, set up, and settled in, it’s a wonderful practice, in the few minutes remaining before class begins, to warm your feet up with a massage. They’ll be supporting you all through the class so why not give them a little love?

Keep your awareness on your breath.

 

Leave your competitive nature at home. Honor your inner wisdom and your limits.

 

Respect the seat of the teacher. Your teacher has spent many hours in preparation for this class, and there is always something that you can learn from every person. If the teacher is new to you, open your mind and your heart to them. We honor all paths and practices, but please allow yourself to  experience what they are offering.

 

You are your own best guru – respect your own body and what it’s telling you.

 

Keep your awareness on your breath.

 

We want to foster a rich and vibrant community at BYC, but  please limit your conversation during class.

 

Leave time for a good Savasana (relaxation pose) at the end of class. If you have to leave early, take your own Savasana before you go. Do not leave during the class Savasana so as not to disturb this time of stillness.

 

Keep your awareness on your breath.

Please return all props neatly where they came from. Take time to re-fold blankets neatly, if necessary. It’s greatly appreciated.

 

Move slowly and with awareness to maintain the vibrancy and stillness you have gained during class.

 

Smile and offer the fruits of your practice outward to all you encounter.

That’s like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath! Don’t let stiffness or inflexibility keep you from practicing yoga. Yoga is perfect for you! Through a consistent practice you can increase the range of motion in all your muscles and joints.

Absolutely not.

 

Berkshire Yoga Center is dedicated to creating a welcoming and supportive space for the practice of yoga. Our teachers study yoga philosophies and metaphysics, as well as meditation and other practices, and you may hear a Sanskrit word or two in class, but you do not have to be interested in these areas of yoga to benefit from asana practice.

 

We respect that all students practice yoga for their own personal reasons, though we also understand that these can change over time. Should you find yourself wondering about any of the yoga practices that lay beyond the poses, we encourage you to speak with your teacher and to take advantage of the many opportunities we’ll be offering at the Center to deepen your understanding and expand your practice.

Om and Namaste are two Sanskrit words you’ll probably hear in class.

 

Namaste is a customary greeting when individuals meet and a farewell when they part. Namaste is spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest. In Hinduism it means “I bow to the divine in you.” Namaste is a gracious form of extending friendship in love, respect and humility.

 

OM is the “sacred syllable” of Sanskrit, the ancient language of Northern India, home to the practice of yoga. It represents the four states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, deep sleep, and pure consciousness. We often chant OM at the beginning and/or end of class.

Berkshire Yoga Center is not responsible for any personal belongings that may be lost, stolen or misplaced during, before and after class hours.

 

All lost and founds items will be available for 30 days after which we will be sharing these with goodwill