Tips to know before starting yoga
When you’re new to yoga, you’re going to ask a lot of questions about what you get into, what to wear, what to bring to class, and how to prepare yourself. Knowing what to expect and what works in advance will help you feel more comfortable. Here are four topics I’d like others to brief about me before I start yoga, including what I’ll wear, what I’ll bring, how to prepare for class, and some basic practice tips.
I hope to provide this information to anyone who is not sure they are ready to do yoga.
what to wear
Yoga is most often done barefoot. Occasionally you may see someone holding socks or shoes, but this is caused by an injury or health problem. This is welcome news for those who are tired of carrying an extra pair of shoes in the gym.
There are several styles of yoga pants. But you don’t have to jump out and buy a special pair before you play your first pair. Wear comfortable workout pants or shorts. After a few lessons, you can make your pants short/long/loose/tighten your waist up/or feel like pants so they don’t fall off each time you stretch them. Great opportunity to go shopping. Don’t practice on pants that don’t stretch like jeans.
A shirt that fits a little tighter works best. A large baggy t-shirt is not good as it will slide down every time you bend over. And you will do a lot of bending. Sleeveless tops are popular because they allow free movement on the arms and shoulders. Wear your preferred bra for exercise.
If you are going to do hot yoga or Bikram, there are special considerations. See our recommendations for hot yoga wear for more expert advice.
What to bring
If you’re heading to your first class, don’t worry about bringing a mat if you don’t have one. Most yoga venues have rentals ranging from a dollar or two. If you are continuing your class or practicing at home, you want to invest in your own mat. There are a number of considerations when it comes to whether a mat is right for you. See the comparison chart to help you decide.
Water bottle :
Most people bring a water bottle when they go to hot yoga. You can wait until you finish the class with another type of yoga.
Towels: If you are trying out a big sweater or hot yoga, a towel would be nice to bring with you.
I like props, but most of the time you don’t need to have them in the first place. The studio provides blocks, blankets, and lanyards. Teachers often point out the props needed for the class. If she doesn’t, I want to grab blocks and blankets anyway.
How to prepare.
It is best not to eat heavy food right before doing yoga. When you start moving, everything churns up, and you may start to feel sick when your stomach is too full. You can have a light snack 1-2 hours before class .
If you‘re warming up :
If you’re starting class early, try this warm-up pose. They help prepare for classes and make it appear that they know what they are doing. You can also lie on your back or sit cross-legged on a mat. This makes you look serene.
If you’re in a yoga class or using a DVD, keep an eye on your instructor’s posture. That’s exactly how the body aligns in each pose. Proper alignment is critical to maximizing the benefits of each pose and minimizing the risk of injury .
Seeing and Listening :
When you first learn posture, it’s a good idea to check the room at a glance to see what others are doing. But look for basic instructions from your teacher. You should also listen for verbal cues while explaining how to do the pose.
Stay positive :
Don’t feel bad when your teacher corrects your posture. Practice is the best way to learn good form. Don’t judge harshly compared to what others do on the mat. Everyone is in a different place on the path. Keep a good sense of humor with a light heart. If you fall out of posture when smiling, smile when things get tough. enjoy yourself.
Trust the referee :
remember that your practice is a personal process. No one is in your body, so slow down your judgment about what you can and cannot do. Over time, you will learn to discern the difference between what you may think you are afraid or unable to do, and what can actually be painful and dangerous. There is no rush to get into certain poses. Listen to your body and respect what they tell you how to practice.
Perhaps the most important tip is to always ask questions when you don’t understand something. Whether it’s about yoga culture or etiquette, experienced students are almost always happy to share their expertise. Questions about specific physical postures are best addressed to the teacher during or after class.