How to prepare for your first yoga class
So you want to try yoga? Awesome that you’re trying something new! Use these tips on how to prepare for your first yoga class. Follow the steps to feel more ready to start and enjoy this beautiful practice. Moreover, from the very beginning of your yoga practice, there are many physical and mental benefits of yoga – when done right. Of course, “right” is not that clear… Therefore, this article will outline several steps that will guide you to prepare for your first yoga class, the right way.
1. Prepare your stuff
- Get a mat. Ranging from 5 euros (don’t expect too much of these) to 30 euros for a proper one. Please note, more professional ones may cost up to 120 euros.
- Bring a towel. Unlike the expectations of many, yoga may actually make you sweat.
- Bring a water bottle. Following the previous point.
2. Wear clothes that are comfortable during a yoga class.
For your first yoga class, just make sure you choose something that you would use in other sports or classes.
- Top. A T-shirt or tank top will do (sports bra recommended), and a sweater for end relaxation.
- Bottom. For yoga, it is recommended to have pants/short/leggings that are somewhat stretchy (to test this, stand up and separate your feet by about 1.5meters).
- No shoes or socks. Yoga classes are generally bare feet.
3. Tips when starting the class
Don’t make it bigger than it is. At first, it will look like just a nice hour of exercise. Perhaps with some meditative effects.
- If you want to see some poses before you go, just click here to visit the Yogademics YouTube channel or click here to subscribe and look at the free online videos.
- Be on time and if you have concerns or are feeling nervous, maybe have a chat with the teacher.
- Take time to just look around at what others are doing.
- Is the class online? You should be able to look at your screen. It’s preferred that your webcam catches you too – this way the teacher can give you feedback during the class.
4. During the yoga class.
- Listen and look around. The teacher helps you through the poses. If you lose track of what (s)he is saying, just look around at what the others are doing.
- Some poses may be uncomfortable. Focus on your breath by listening to it and accepting where you are at the moment.
- Stay positive. Teachers may help you in a pose by adjusting (several) body parts. That is their job. You are learning.
Bonus: doubts when thinking about how to prepare for your first yoga class.
For those with an analytical brain. When you think about how to prepare for your first yoga class, there are common doubts that may come up. You will find those here in italics. After every common doubt, you will find what to think instead.
- My body is not made for this. Realize that every body is different. Aim to do your best and accept where you are at any moment.
- I don’t want to embarrass myself to everyone else. People are mostly focused on themselves (and what everybody else thinks of them). More importantly, don’t raise the bar too high and remember that everyone has to learn sometime. As a yoga teacher, I make countless mistakes every class. Sorry not sorry, all part of the process.
- I can’t do this because I’m not flexible. Actually… You should reason the other way around: I’m not flexible, so let’s try yoga! The teacher will give you modifications to help. Give your body time to grow into the poses.
- I can’t do this because I’m not strong enough. Same story here. Sometimes it’s doubts about flexibility, sometimes it’s doubts about strength, and sometimes it’s both. Take the time to grow into it.
- Yoga is too slow for me. Very possible that it’s slower than what you’re used to, and this may be a challenge. Instead of focusing on plowing through the poses… Intend to find some relaxation in the poses by focusing on the breath.
- Yoga is not for men. If there are any men in the building, you might recognize this. It is a common generalization and I would urge you to try it at least a couple of times. It may not be an explosive sport, but it is a welcome addition to your general workout routine.