After you’ve done a few yoga classes, you’ll be able to think of yourself as a yoga pro and wonder what all the fuss was about. Until that time, there are some things you need to know when you first enter a yoga class. Here are some of the things you’ll learn whilst in class.
Yoga is a Real Science
First of all, you might feel skeptical about the physical and mental benefits of yoga. Some of the chanting done in some yoga circles can freak people out and make them scared. It’s not a cult and it’s not some craze. Scientists have proven how yoga benefits the human body. All the chanting is just another way people use to focus.
You can use anything you need to focus on. For example, many students find they like to concentrate on their teacher’s voice.
Yoga classes require tighter clothing than what you may wear for a quick workout at home. Baggy gym clothes make it harder for your teacher to see where your body is positioned and how you need to adjust your poses. Your attire can also hinder some yoga poses. Trying to do some of the balance-centered posts can be a real hassle if you have pieces of fabric getting in the way.
It doesn’t mean you need dedicated yoga gear to get started. You can wear whatever you want as long as it’s reasonably tight. Leggings and t-shirt are perfect if you don’t want to invest in yoga pants.
Don’t forget some snug socks and a warm, comfy top for the final relaxation.
Choose small, intimate classes. You will get more for your money. Rather than being one of a class of 30 or more, you’re an individual. Your teacher will spend time with you and teach the poses on a more intimate level. The personal service you receive will make your yoga more effective and cause you to progress faster.
Many students hate traditional larger classes because they find them intimating. This is another reason why we prefer to decrease the number of people. You should feel completely relaxed and attuned to your body.
Staying hydrated during your yoga class is essential for mental concentration. You should bring some water along with you so you can stay hydrated. Yoga is relaxing but tough on the body. You’ll soon find yourself covered in a healthy coating of sweat. Water stops you from getting tired, or even worse dehydrated.
This is especially important in warmer climates. The weather is hot and you can expect to feel thirsty quite quickly. Plus, drinking water regularly keeps you in an even better state of health!
Apart from your water bottle, all you need to bring with you to a yoga class is a yoga mat. If you are not sure that you are going to take to yoga and stick with it, then a large towel is fine, to begin with.
If you are pregnant or restricted with movement, just let your teacher know in advance and they should be able to provide you with support blocks.