Tips for Your First Yoga Class
Updated: Oct 20, 2019
I know that there are a lot of people out there who are completely intimidated about going to their first yoga class, because it’s all about being flexible, right?
My friend, don’t fear, we were all there at some point. Whether it’s yoga, your first run, tennis match or blind date, there always is a first time. And guess what there is no wrong or right way to do it. Doing your best and being opening minded is good enough.
Being open minded, what do I mean by that? Every #yogastudio and every teacher has their own teaching style, some might speak a lot, some might give very few instructions, some might be very #spiritual, some might use loads of incense sticks…ok you get the point. So no matter what you sign up for, just go with it and be part of the experience until the end.
Many times students feel silly, #chanting OM, chanting chants, doing breathing exercises such as alternate nostril breathing (#anulomaviloma), but guess what no one is watching you. Everyone is there to focus on their own practice and wellbeing.
Make sure you are on time, as a teacher I find it disrespectful when students are late, because we are all waiting for your presence.
Wear comfortable clothes, I know that some men don’t like to be parading around in leggings and tight outfits, but wearing a t-shirt for example prevents you from moving freely around your shoulder area and arms. Also, socks come off during a yoga class! I know you might be worried about germs and hygiene, however all students are asked to clean their mat at the end of the class. But you can also bring your own towel if it makes you feel better :)
That being said, be realistic. If this is your first class or you are a complete beginner to yoga, don’t sign up immediately for an advanced class or workshops on #inversions. You will get there one day too!
Try not to eat at least 1 hour before the class, I’m sure you’ve heard that so many times, but seriously it could completely change your whole experience and make you nauseous. You also don’t want to be burping your last meal the whole yoga class.
Make sure you turn off all of your devices and leave them in the changing room, there is nothing more annoying than a phone that rings during the final relaxation- #savasana.
Don’t worry about your neighbour and what they are doing. Concentrate on your practice, start where you are and preserve your energy. Don’t waste it on looking around and beating yourself up because you can’t make your way into crow pose.
If you ever feel tired and need to take a short break, do so in child's pose.
Most importantly, stay open minded, be kind to yourself and have fun!