Doing something new can be both exhilarating and intimidating. If you are considering your first yoga class, you may be hesitant because you don’t know what to expect. Where should you set up? Will you be wearing the right clothes? What happens if you can’t keep up? Learning a little bit in advance can help you get prepared and put yourself at ease:
1. You’ll be more comfortable in the right clothes.
No matter what stock photos tell you, you don’t need to be wearing gorgeous and fashionable clothing. What is most important is comfort and range of movement. Layers are a good idea on your top half. This allows you to shed clothes if you get too hot during class. Pick a top that is somewhat fitted so that it doesn’t ride up when you are bent over. High-waisted leggings or yoga pants can keep your pants from riding down during stretches.
2. It’s best to show up about 10 minutes early.
Your teacher will probably want to ask you a bit about your previous yoga experience and whether you have any injuries that they should be aware of. Showing up early gives you a chance to set up your mat. For beginners, a place near the back is best.
3. You should find out about gear in advance.
Most studios have mats, straps, blocks and other yoga props that you can borrow or rent for the day. Once you have a few classes under your belt, you’ll probably want to buy your own mats that fit your preferences.
4. Take off your shoes and socks before class.
When you are entering the studio, you should take off your shoes and socks. There may be cubbies or a storage area for them. Yoga is practiced barefoot. If you have issues with circulation and cold feet, look into yoga socks that have grip material on the soles.
5. Don’t forget to breathe.
Breathing is the core of yoga. You may find yourself holding your breath during more challenging poses. Remind yourself to continue breathing steadily. Steady breath can help make poses more comfortable. If you have trouble breathing, you may be pushing yourself too hard. Consider doing a modified version of a pose instead.
6. Stay through Savasana.
The class will end with what is known as Savasana or corpse pose. This is a time where you lie on your back and relax. When you are new, it can be hard to force yourself to calm yourself and be still. But, this recentering is important if you want all the benefits of yoga.
Remember that yoga is not competitive and there is no way to be bad at yoga. There will always be people who are stronger and more experienced than you are. Go into our yoga Vacaville CA class open to learning and you will soon find your comfort level there.