Yoga is one of the most relaxing types of exercise one can do, as long as it is done right. It is possible to do yoga on your own from the comfort of your own home. However, if you are just getting started, or it's been a while since you did yoga last, it is very beneficial to receive instruction from a professional yoga instructor in a formal class. Your first class may be intimidating and you may not know what to expect. However, the following tips will help you plan for and enjoy your first yoga class with fewer worries of the unknown.
Plan Ahead for Your First Class
It is important to prepare your body before your first class. Stay calm and relaxed. Don't go to class with a full stomach, as this can cause gastrointestinal issues. Stay fully hydrated and drink lots of water. Eat a banana just beforehand to help your muscles stretch without cramps, but don't chug down a full meal right before class. Make sure you are well-rested and in the right mindset to relax and have some "me" time. Make sure you arrive well in advance of the start time for the class. If it's your first time, it is a good idea to arrive around 20 minutes before the class starts, so you can familiarize yourself with the facility, meet the instructor and get all your equipment set up. You will definitely need your own yoga mat and a thin towel or blanket. Yoga blocks, straps and other aids are generally provided by the yoga studio.
Be Prepared to Treat Your Mind and Body
Yoga is not focused on speeding through poses and heading back out in the world, just so you can check off the block in your day planner that says "exercise." Yoga is a calm, deliberate form of exercise that requires deep concentration and dedicated effort to ensure you get something out of the class. When you walk in the door of the yoga studio, leave all your worries and stresses of real life outside. Focus on deep breathing, relaxation and peaceful thoughts. Let your body flow through the poses quietly and smoothly. Allow the instructor to guide you through the yoga session so you get the most of it.
When you head to your first class, don't be intimidated or worried that everyone else in the class is further advanced and might make you feel like a novice. Unlike competitive sports, those who participate in yoga are happy to lend a helping hand to others so everyone gets the most out of their experience. Don't be afraid to reach out for help so you can ensure you are practicing proper breathing techniques and doing the poses correctly. Someday you can repay the favor to a new student once you learn.
For more information, visit a local yoga studio, like The Blue Moon Collective.Share
6 June 2016
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