What to Expect in Class

Most Important

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

Clothing and foot wear

Baggy T-shirts are fine 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 are used to 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 form of 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 to always 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 along with 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 his or her 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 normally said at the end of class. It is a symbol of apprieciation and gratitude for practicing yoga together with each other.

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 important than the technique.