Safe Yoga Practise - Pine Rivers Yoga - Brisbane, Australia

Safe Yoga Practise

Cautions, Benefits and Suggestions

Yoga postures are known as Asanas. The physical positions of yoga are just one of the eight limbs (or parts) of this ancient Indian practise. When practised regularly, Yoga will lead to increased strength, better balance, more flexibility and a calmer approach to life’s challenges.

Note: Pregnant women should not attend class for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy unless they are experienced yoga practitioners. From 3 months until birth, your teacher will guide you into safe and manageable postures. Please inform your teacher if you are pregnant.

Preparing for your Yoga class

Do not have a heavy meal before practising yoga - preferably allow at least a couple of hours after eating before attending a class.
Wear loose comfortable clothing that will not restrict your movement and stretching.
Do not wear any jewellery - not even your watch. Metal items can be distracting both to yourself and others.
Avoid perfumes or strong deodorants as some people find heavy scents unpleasant and distracting.
Arrive at class 10 minutes before it is due to start. Latecomers should settle in the back of the room and spend a few moments resting before joining in.
Please make sure you have clean feet. Bring a small towel to wipe your feet before getting on to your mat and mop up sweat during your practise.

Arriving at your Yoga class

Before class commences, please let your teacher know if you have any illness or injury.
Disconnect your mind from the world by TURNING OFF your mobile phone.
The surface on which you do Yoga should be firm, level and softened with a non-skid mat.
The Yoga studio is a place of peace and stillness - please respect your fellow students’ desire to rest prior to commencing practise.

During your Yoga practise

Yoga should be practised mindfully, with complete body awareness and attention to the details of alignment and body movement.
There are 3 parts to every yoga pose - go into the pose carefully and slowly; hold it mindfully with an even breath; and come out of the pose with all your awareness in the present moment.
Yoga movements should always be done with a smooth flowing breath. If your breath becomes “ragged” then the stretch may be too strong.
Unless otherwise instructed, breathe through your nostrils, not through your mouth, keeping your breath slow and rhythmical.
Work at a pace that is comfortable for you. If you need to rest, simply stop and wait before joining the next position. If a posture is too difficult leave it for another time.
Avoid straining to achieve a posture, and do not stretch beyond the edge of your comfort level.
Yoga is non competitive - do not try to impress others. Your body is different from the person beside you.
Always complete your practise with a period of relaxation as well as resting between poses where appropriate. In cooler weather use a light blanket or rug to cover up for relaxation.


Yoga will bring you lots of health benefits - physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.
Enjoy your practise and be patient with yourself. Commit to attending a regular class once or twice a week where possible and you will soon notice the difference. If you practise at home, find a place that is quiet and free from disturbances.