Guidelines for new practitioners
Don't expect instant results
While you will probably feel very relaxed and peaceful after your first yoga session, it can take many weeks of daily yoga practice before you begin to reap any significant health benefits. Patience is a key you must use for the real benefits of yoga to take place
Take total responsibility
Your health is your responsibility no one else's. If you let someone else take care of it for you, you are benefiting them more than yourself. Learn that prevention is your greatest medicine. The practice of yoga is no quick fix however, it requires regular practice to reap the benefits and results.
Enjoy your practice
People who enjoy their practice get the best gains. The emotion of enjoyment puts the mind and body into a positive state. If you dread and struggle doing your exercise you might as well not bother as this is negative and the chances of keeping it up and getting gains are very low.
Avoid competition with others
Some people in your class will be more flexible than you are or they may able to hold their postures longer. Don't try to outdo anyone. Look to improve on your own level, as long as you are in a state of improvement you will get better. Compete with yourself on a sensible basis.
Practice what you learn
Practice at least 15 to 20 minutes of yoga on a daily basis to stay improving and increase your level of understandings. Not just the understanding of the poses but greater understanding of yourself.
Find the time
Find everyday to practice with us or self practice in home for 15 to 20 minutes everyday. If you are new the poses then do just one or two poses which you understood very well as a practice than doing hundreds of them.
Instructions before practice
Yoga should be done on empty stomach. Therefore eat at least 2-3 hrs before your practice
Healthy males or females can perform asanas.
Children under the age of 12 years should be guided by an Instructor
Yoga poses that are inverted (example: headstands), Abdominal Back Bends (example: bow), Twisting Poses (example: half spinal twist) should not be done during MS (Menstruation)
Normal breathing should be maintained while performing yoga postures.
Do not force your body to do any poses (asanas). Be patient and move into your poses with care and precision. There's a difference between training smart and training stupid!
Look to increase the duration of your poses as you get better. This is the only way to keep improving. A comfort zone is a nice place to get to but don't stay long.
Yoga encompasses a wide range of approaches and practices, including physical postures, breathing exercises, chanting and meditation, among others. All of these lead to compassionate self-awareness, working through physical experience to access, awaken and refine ever subtler depths of ourselves. Whether you seek enlightenment or just a chance to stretch and strengthen, yoga can bring you back to yourself and back to your senses.
Drishti Yoga offers expert instruction in the full experience of yoga. Our teachers are dedicated to ongoing study, and bring a wealth of knowledge and practiced skill. Each class melds classical tradition, modern insight and compassionate guidance. Our instructors create a safe space for exploration, and are able to adapt the practices to suit any individual at any skill level. Most importantly, our instructors understand how to work with the subtler aspects of the body, mind, voice, energy and emotion. They can teach you how to use yoga not only to stretch your hamstrings, but to find out your limitations and respect it, balance your mood, cope with grief or anger, find your center, and move with more ease and grace through your daily life. Classes are presented with awareness of and respect for the many different reasons people come to yoga, and the different challenges they may bring with them. However far and in whatever direction you wish to explore within the practices of yoga, you will find support, encouragement and expert guidance here.
Basic - These classes are for a true beginner students who don't have any fundamental knowledges of yoga practices. In these classes correct basic postures, breathing differences, bandhas, drishti (gazing points), surya namaskara (sun salutation) and basic movements (basic vinyasa) will be introduced. "Being a basic student doesn't make you a daycare student; it's shows your yoga practices are more matured and your practices are with more care".
Hatha - Hatha classes more gentle yoga practice which is with a short-relaxation after every postures or after a series. Classical hatha yoga classes are with asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha and kriyas and you will be studying the same in these classes.
Sivananda Hatha Yoga - Sivananda Yoga classes are traditional Hatha Yoga classes which are arranged by Swami Vishnudevananda. The asana sequence in these classes will be same (very slight differences or variations from the fundamental poses) which is including pranayama, surya namaskara, asanas and yoga nidra.
Vinyasa Flow - Vinyasa classes are moving meditative classes with breath and movements. These classes are with a mixture of dynamic and static poses depend on teachers, student's levels and health conditions. Movements in asanas (vinyasa), breath and bandhas are the key factors in these classes.
Drishti Class (Self Practice) - Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala - Shanghai provides these classes for students who would like the self practices and deepen their practices with an arranged sequence. Our Shala will be providing you with the sequences and you can select the sequences as per your level of practices. A compulsory practices of Hatha and Vinyasa practices with our Shala for minimum three month is necessary to be in these classes. Contact us for more details.
Yin Yoga Class - . Yin Yoga classes are very gentle yoga classes with postures which will be holding long time by using the props. This is the best class to relieve stress and whoever looking for improving their flexibility in specific body parts.
Yoga asana is not a competative sports. It teach us our body limitations and teach us to respect it".
These levels are guideline for a practitioner to know where they can fit with for their regular practices.
Basic = These level classes are ideal for the new comers in yoga world and whoever with medical problem. A real foundation of yoga practices create here.
Level1 = These level classes are with intermediate level postures and breath balancings. A good foundamental knowledge is recommended.
Level2 = These level classes are with intermediate-advanced level postures with energizing sequences. A good foundamental knowledge is recommended.
Open = These level classes are 'open' for all levels of student from basic to advanced levels.
Shanghai Yoga Shala Guide
- Please enter the class room 5 minutes before the class time. Later comers will not allow to enter the classes.
- We do strongly recommend that you can practice with your own mat. But, still we provide the yoga mats in our place for use freely.
- Please refer to the teachers about your healthy condition in every class before it begin. So, they can guide you properly.
- For a better digestive order and healthy, yoga have to be practiced with empty stomach. Avoid eating heavy food minimum 2-4 hours before a yoga class.
- We are here to help to improve your health and mental relaxation. We promise to our practitioners that our Shala will be following the strict/correct services of yoga for maintaining the quality of practices.
- Any suggestions/complaints can be write it down and can be deposit in the suggestion box which is in the Shanghai Yoga Shala or can write to us an email. We will try our best to solve the genuine problems.
Booking / Cancellation Rules
Regular Class Booking & Cancellation
- Minimum 5 hours before booking is required to enter the class.
- Cancellation of classes are allowed minimum 5 hours before.
- Cancellation after the 5hrs will be getting a penalty. Contact us to get more details of penalty rules.
Workshop Booking & Cancellation
- Payable workshops can be register the name with the fee through WeChat or Bank Transfer. On your cancellation, no money will be refunding back.
- FREE workshops can be register as early as you wish. Cancellations are not allowed. On the cancellation; penalty will be given. Contact us to get more details of penalty rules.
Please reserve the class before you come.
Please check the event dates and time; that time sector classes will be not happening
Shanghai Yoga Shala - Jiangsu Road
Room 20C, Zhongxi Mansion,
121 Jiangsu Road
Drishti Vinyasa Yoga Shala,
Hotline: (021) 60344676
(8 6) 13917866484
Trivandrum Yoga Shala
Hotline: (9 1) 9847913870
(9 1) 8137880437