What to Expect in Class

What to Expect in Class

Most Important

If you have injuries, illnesses, or physical limitations that affect your yoga experience, please inform the instructor before class. Also, it is essential to get your physician’s approval before engaging in physical activity.

Clothing and foot wear

Baggy T-shirts are acceptable for men, but women may consider choosing tighter, longer-fitting tops, so the top stays in place. Yoga can be done in shorts, leggings, or sweats. Many choose leggings, quick-dry Capri, or full-length fitted pants, as these help your instructor check your alignment. Yoga is traditionally practiced barefoot; however, socks or soft shoes can be put on.


CLHA provides yoga mats and basic props, such as blocks and straps, which help with alignment. You may want to bring some water and a towel.

Set up and arrival

It is recommended to arrive at least 10 minutes before class to find a spot and settle in.

Eating Tips

As with any exercise, it is best not to eat a heavy meal two hours before class. A light snack (fruit or protein) is appropriate up to 30 minutes before class.


It’s common for new students to hold their breath during yoga poses they find challenging. Breathing deeply can help you relax. Remember always to breathe.

Practice your basic poses at home

Take one or two poses you learn in class and practice them at home for a few minutes a day. This consistent daily effort and maintaining a consistent class schedule will help you feel more comfortable as you advance your practice.


Don’t be scared off when your instructor bows their head as if in prayer, clasps her hands together in front of her heart, and says, “Namaste” (pronounced nah-mas-tay). You’ll notice the class says it back as well. This Sanskrit word means “I honor you” and is usually noted at the end of class. It is a symbol of appreciation and gratitude for practicing yoga together.

Know yourself

When performing the poses, try to concentrate on each movement – the process of moving is just as important as attaining a given position. Remember that you should not strain or continue holding any posture if it causes pain. Yoga isn’t a competitive sport, and the extent of the stretch is less necessary than the technique.