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Is Yoga Safe?
It's definitely safe. Just listen attentively to the teacher's instructions, follow them as closely as you can, and stay attuned to the feedback of your body. Everything in class is optional; you're always welcome to back off or stop completely. And don't be afraid to ask questions. It's certain that others are wondering about the same things.
What Should I Bring to Class?
You don't need to bring anything. Wear comfortable clothing that permits you to move freely. Wearing layers helps because you'll warm up and cool down throughout class.
The studio has all the props you'll need, though some students prefer to bring their own mats.
There is a drinking fountain outside the yoga classroom, but you're always welcome to bring along your own water to drink during class.
It's a good idea to arrange your schedule so that you don't have to eat a meal right before class. Practicing yoga with a full belly can be distracting or uncomfortable. But do eat. If you come to class starving, all you'll think about during class will be food.