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The Things You Must Know Before Joining Yoga Class

Attending your very first session can be intimidating, especially when you have no clue as to what to expect.

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7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Before Joining A Yoga Class


Perhaps you have already heard about the numerous benefits of yoga and how it

can combat weight gain, stress and even anxiety.


But attending your very first

session can be

intimidating

especially when you have

no clue

as to what to expect.


There are a number of

preparations you need to be

aware of before participating

in your very first yoga

session.

Here are the things that

you must know


1

DON’T SKIP MEALS

but don’t attend on a full

stomach either


Many people attend

yoga class in the morning

right after they have

eaten their breakfast.


However, this will hinder their practice sessions.

As yoga involves twisting, bending and hopping into poses,

your stomach must not be digesting any food at that time.


If you prefer to eat your

meals before attending

your yoga class, make

sure that you eat at least

an hour ahead

of time


In the case that this would be

impossible and you just need to

satisfy your hunger, you can

eat a small apple or a piece of

banana

at least 20 minutes

before your session

begins.


2

BRING YOUR OWN

yoga mat


Many studios and

programs offer you to

purchase your own yoga

mat. Some also rent them

out.


While choosing a good quality mat can be a bit costly, it is certainly worth

it – especially when you are committing to the program for a longer period

of time


You will be

Sweating and Rolling

Because of this, many people do

not find mat rentals hygienic,

even if the studios assure you

that they clean their mats every

after session


You will be

Sweating and Rolling

Because of this, many people do

not find mat rentals hygienic,

even if the studios assure you

that they clean their mats every

after session

Other props like a strap, block, yoga blanket and other accessories can be

borrowed in the studio but you can also buy your own if you want.


3

TRY TO ARRIVE EARLY

on every class


When attending a class in a

studio, it is important that you

arrive early

due to numerous reasons.


If this is your first time, you can

have an ample time to work on

your paperwork and talk about

introductory

discounts.

Some studios also offer other

types of money-saving options

that you can possibly be

entitled to.


Arriving early also gives you the chance to find a prime location where you can

comfortably carry out the poses. Staying close to the instructor when it is still

your first time will provide a better insight of the practice.


4

THERE MIGHT BE SOME CHANTING

in the class you enrolled in.


Yoga is not just a physical practice, it also promotes spiritual

wellness by chanting


If you happen to enroll in a class that includes Sanskrit chanting at the

beginning and at the end of the session,

there is no pressure to take part in it


Just relax, breathe, listen and keep an open mind.

If you wish to take part and try it, your may do so as well.


5

BREATHING IS

IMPORTANT

in yoga.


Your breathing should be in sync with your poses. Although this will be

a difficult task to perform at the beginning, you will soon get the hang

of it. Pay attention to the shallowness of your breaths and how it is at

the end of the class.


If your mind start to wander off, think about your breathing and try

to lengthen your inhalations and exhalations. The breathing techniques

used in yoga is the best way to calm your mind down.


6

YOU CAN SKIP A POSE

you are uncomfortable with.


There are different levels of yogis practicing in one class. If there are

poses that you do not understand or aren’t ready to try,

do not be afraid to skip it out.


Each person in your class has been in your shoes and your instructor

will completely understand if you need a break.

You can simply take a rest in a Child’s Pose and breathe. This will help

you regain your zen until you are ready for the next pose


ALLOW YOURSELF

7to be a beginner


As a beginner, it will be difficult for you to follow your instructor’s

pace. Regardless of whether it is too fast or too slow for you, trust

your instructor’s sequencing. Try your best to stay on track with the

rest of the class.


One more detail to expect is that some instructors are more hands on

than the others. This is common especially to the new yogis in the

class.


If you are not comfortable with adjustments by touching, you can

simply let your instructor know about it and the both of you can try

something different to work it out.


Beginning yoga

can be an amazing gift to yourself.

This practice lends itself to

numerous mental, physical and

spiritual benefits.


Embrace it with an open mind

and before you know it, you are already encouraging your

friends and family to join a class with you.

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