For Beginners and Studio Ettiquette
New to yoga? At Zazen, we provide a nurturing place for you to develop a personal practice. We offer a variety of styles of yoga, all in a comfortable safe space for you to explore the mind, body, and soul. Let our experienced instructors guide you to a place of self discovery and transformation. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
1. Visit zazensf.com. Access our current class schedule(s), read class descriptions, purchase class passes, and sign up for classes, memberships and workshops.
2. Arrive 10-15 minutes early. Check in at the front desk – even if you’ve made an online reservation. If you must come late, please come into the class quietly and find your place. Notify the teacher if you need to leave early and do so in a mindful manner.
3. Introduce yourself to the teacher and notify the teacher of injuries or medical conditions such as neck, back or joint injuries, heart disease, high blood pressure, recent surgery or pregnancy. This helps the teacher know how to assist you and give you modifications.
3. Practice on an empty stomach. Wait 3-4 hours after a heavy meal to practice yoga. Juice or fruit and a light snack are OK an hour before class. Drink plenty of water after class.
4. Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable and breathable clothing. Clothing, such as shorts or leggings that allows the teachers to view the movement of the joints is ideal. Remove wristwatches and heavy jewlery. Be prepared to practice in bare feet.
5. Purchase a yoga mat. Having your own mat supports your commitment to your practice and ensures its cleanliness. Mats are available in the studio for student use. Please clean loaner mats with cloth and spray provided in the studio.
6. Remove your shoes before entering the yoga studio. Leave your shoes at the bottom of the stairs on the shoe rack. This preserves the sacred nature of the studio space.
7. Turn off your cell phone.
8. Build Awareness. Learn to distinguish between pain and sensation. Pain is a signal that you need to stop. Do not force yourself into a pose, as injuries can occur.
9. Practice often. 4-6 times per week for maximum benefit. 2-3 times per week will show improvement for most students within three months. Once a week is a great start for beginners.
10. Listen to and follow the teacher's instructions. If you have a a question or concern, ask the teacher.
11. Stay present. Yoga is an internal practice. As your learn the yoga postures, you will also learn to be present with your experience.
12. Introduce yourself to other members of the class. The yoga community is a great support for your yoga practice.