The following advice and shala rules is for everyone's comfort during practice:
PLEASE turn off your mobile phones in the shala (including vibration mode)
We advice you to bathe or shower before practice (or wash your feet and arm pits if you can't shower)
Do not wear any heavy perfume (your fellow practitioners may be allergic and strong smells are also distracting)
Practice on an empty stomach (preferably in the morning) and leave 2-3 hours between practice and any meal. If you need some energy have a fruit or a cup of coffee
Keep your mat clean and wash your towel and practice clothes
If you practice regularly please bring your own mat for hygiene reasons. Beginners may borrow mats to start with
Bring a small towel to wipe your sweat and a mat towel/cotton rug in addition to your yoga mat if you sweat a lot.
Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in (men please bring a t-shirt even if you want to practice topless)
Be considerate to fellow practitioners and give space for everyone to lay out their mat
Do not drink during practice and leave any bottles or personal items in the shelves/corner of the room dedicated for this
Ladies are traditionally recommended to take 3 days rest from yoga practice at the beginning of menstruation and not practice inversions while still bleeding. However, whether one takes a break and for how long may vary from woman to woman. Discuss with your teacher to find the most suitable solution for you personally.
If you have a regular practice it is recommended to take one day a week off (usually Saturday or Sunday) AND rest on full/new moon days
Don’t practice if you’re sick – fever, sore throat etc
Mention any injuries or illness to your teacher and inform your teacher if you become pregnant