It’s no secret that I’m in love with yoga. The physical aspects of the practice have changed my body in the best ways possible. My posture is better than it has even been. My core is strong, my legs and butt have tone/lift that was well, previously lacking.
More importantly, there’s a clarity that I haven’t had in the past. I’m more focused. I’m more peaceful. I’m more accepting. This didn’t happen overnight. And while life is full of trimuphs and terrifying times, yoga has helped me keep things in perspective.
On the fence about taking a yoga class? Go for it!
- Leave your expectations at the door. You are not there to be perfect, so don’t try to be.
- Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. You’ll get thirsty. If you don’t have a mat, check before class to see if they rent mats- most places do. Bring a towel.
- Get there 15 minutes early. Let the teacher know it’s your first time. She/he will make sure to keep an eye on you during class.
- Listen to your body. If you are inflexible, don’t push. You can still get the benefit of many poses by maintaining proper form even if you cannot move into a pose deeply. If you are flexible, also use care. There’s a misnomer that flexibility = instant yogi. This isn’t the case. Flexible folks need to make sure they are focused on holding a pose and proper muscle contraction. The owner of my studio told me this and it was a big aha moment.
- Breathe. The breath is an integral part of yoga. It helps to warm up your body and stay connected.
Are you a new yogi? We’d love to hear about your experiences!