Going to your first yoga class can be extremely intimidating. What do you wear? How early do you show up? What if you can’t touch your toes? What on earth is Namaste?
Although it may seem like there’s a lot to catch up on before you begin your practice, when it comes down to its core, yoga isn’t really all that complicated.
Even if you’re not wearing Lululemons or can’t balance on one foot, there’s still a lot you can get out of yoga class. Studies show that practicing yoga can help reduce stress, treat physical pain, improve sleep habits, and help with overall satisfaction of life.
Feeling prepared is a surefire way to help you relax during your practice, but even getting your foot in the door will help benefit your life in various ways.
1. Don’t Worry, Be Humble
Don’t expect to be doing crazy twists and bends on your first day. Forget about being flexible and focus on learning the basics. Opt for an basic class rather than an advanced level your first few times.
2. Leave The Skinny Jeans And Stilettos At Home
When it comes to yoga attire, no one’s looking for designer brands, but making sure you’re comfortable is key, as you’ll be moving around a lot and undoubtedly will get warm.
3. No Phones Allowed
Yoga is just as much about the mind as it is the body, so leaving the rest of the world behind is crucial when you’re practicing. For some people this is harder than sticking your leg behind your head, but yoga is one of the last sanctuaries where you get to fully disconnect.
4. Secure Prime Real Estate
Place your mat toward the back center of the room so you can follow other students while still hearing and seeing the teacher. Yoga is like learning a language and it takes practice and strategic listening to be able to understand everything the teacher is saying. It is helpful to follow along visually your first class, while simultaneously honing your listening skills.
5. Take A Timeout
If during class you feel like your body needs a break, take it. Yoga is all about honoring your body, and if it says slow down, go ahead and pause what you’re doing. Breaks are important and recommended, however try to stay in the room and do a quieting posture rather than leaving to check Instagram.
6. Save Room For Dessert
At the end of every yoga class, you’ll lay down on the ground with your eyes closed for the last pose known as “Savasana.” It may be seemingly simple, but it is the most important part of class. Leaving before or during Savasana is like jumping off the treadmill after sprinting. You need to slow down to cool down. Besides, how often do you get to just lie there and do nothing? Enjoy it!
7 . Keep Coming Back
Whether you can picture it or not, eventually you will see yourself getting better at poses. Every time you practice, your body gets more familiar with what you’re doing, so in turn you become more zen.
To keep this up, you should attend yoga class somewhat frequently. While something is better than nothing, a once-yearly yoga class is not going to have the impact that once a week will have. Make the time for yourself and do it. You are worth it!