I remember my first yoga class walking in and seeing other students who seemed to be very fit and I asked myself “will I really make it through this class?” The class started and I immediately felt confused by the names of the different poses. All the other students were moving swiftly from one pose to the next and sometimes I was left hanging, but the instructor always came to my rescue by showing me how to move into the pose or modify for my needs. After class, my body was a bit achy and sore, but I was surprised to feel the physical and emotional sensations that I did, all over my body. Many people take yoga to be slow and boring with some music playing to put you to sleep, which is not true. There are a myriad of types of yoga and many are considered quite challenging. As a beginner or an advanced student, you must be kind to your body and do what is right for you, not what is right for someone else. In yoga, people practice while striving not to compete.
Below are some tips to do before and in your first yoga class:
If you have any health issues notify the instructor
Arrive early to have time to adjust
Release tension and try not be scared. Just remember that everyone in the room also had a first time
Do not go past your limits
Do not base your opinion on your first class
And most importantly, have fun!!
Yoga is about making yourself feel better and it should not be competitive. Yoga is about being true to yourself and getting to know who you are. With that in mind, you should aim for the sky and strive to reach your goals. And finally, don’t forget to breathe.