Really want to start yoga but have no idea what to expect? See below seven simple tips for your first ever yoga class to help get you in the zone.
- What to bring:
If you have your own yoga mat, definitely bring it. A yoga mat is a very personal item and the more you practice or meditate on it, the more you will make it feel like a positive space. If you don’t have your own mat, don’t worry – there are nearly always spare yoga mats at the studio or class.
You might also want to consider bringing a blanket. At the end of yoga class is the sweet Savasana – or final relaxation. As the body moves into stillness, the temperature can often drop so it’s nice to have something over you to keep you cosy.
- What to wear:
Chose clothes that are either lose fitting or have lots of stretch. Getting in different postures can often be challenging enough without feeling restricted by your clothing. I suggest wearing a few layers which you can remove once you build heat in the practice.
Whatever you decide to wear, make sure you feel comfortable and can move easy.
- Arrive on time:
On your first ever class, arrive early. There may often be forms to sign or questions to ask. Give yourself plenty of time and a chance to settle in before the practice starts. If for any reason you are running late or can’t make it to a term class, try and let your instructor know in advance.
Let your instructor know of any injuries or conditions which may affect your yoga practice. This way you can be given modifications.
- Leave your baggage at the door
Don’t bring your handbag, coat, mobile etc to your mat. And most importantly make sure you don’t step on your yoga mat with your shoes still on. The soles of shoes carry toxins, germs and dirt and this something you don’t want on your mat where you will be putting you hands and head (i.e. child’s pose).
- Don’t eat before class
Yoga postures are practiced on an empty stomach so try not to have a large meal up to 2 hours before your practice. Trying to twist and balance is a lot of work and especially if your body is in the middle of digesting dinner. You will get a lot more from the practice if you come to mat feeling light.
- Remember it’s YOUR practice
Yoga is your opportunity to connect to your body and breath. Respect and honour your body exactly how it is when you step on the mat. You will feel different every single time you practice yoga. Some days you may feel energised and strong, while others you may feel more tired or emotional. Never feel like you have to push or force yourself into a posture just because the teacher or the student next to you is.