The Yoga Beginner is like a gorgeous lump of clay ready to be molded into a beautiful vase. Getting started with Yoga will be more or less like beginning any other activity. You won’t know what’s going on for a little while, but when you get the hang of it you will reap the rewards of a healthy body and a sound mind.
These 7 insider tips will help you feel more confident and excited when entering your very first yoga class:
1. Let yourself be a yoga beginner.
A lot of times, new yogi’s enter their first studio session with a lot of expectations. That’s where a lot of beginners go wrong. When you’re first starting, you shouldn’t create a preconceived notion of how many poses you can or can’t do. You’ll become competitive and disappointed in yourself if you don’t live up to your expectations. Relax and take everything step-by-step, yoga is not a competition.
2. Don’t eat before class.
Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. Your stomach will find it very irritating if you try to do twists or quick movements while it’s digesting something heavy. Many instructors suggest eating at least an hour before practice. If you aren’t able to, however, eat something light like a banana at least 20 minutes before class.
3. Get there early.
You’ll want to get to the studio at least 10 minutes before class starts. It gives you a chance to set up and mentally prepare for what’s ahead.
4. Trust your instructor.
Your instructor is a professional, trust their instincts and reasons for sequencing each pose. Some will be more hands on than others. If you’re not comfortable with them making physical adjustments to your pose, know that it’s okay to say you’re uncomfortable with it- they will respect your judgement. Being a yoga beginner doesn’t mean being uncomfortable.
5. Bring the right props.
You’ll want to avoid walking in empty handed. If your studio doesn’t rent mats, you will need to bring one. Blocks, straps and hand towels can help you deepen the poses, especially as a beginner.
6. Focus on your focus.
Paying attention to how you breathe is essential in yoga. It keeps you in-check and releases tension. When you start to get distracted, take longer and deeper breaths.
7. Take a zen break if needed.
Most importantly, you need to remember you’re just starting out. As a yoga beginner, it is 100% okay to skip the harder poses in class. While you’re waiting for the next one, regain your breathe in Child’s Pose. No one will judge you for being a beginner and you’ll feel revamped for the next asana, or pose.