how to prepare youself for first yoga class

How to Prepare Yourself for First Yoga Class

Posted On : 24 February 2017.

Posted By : Yogi Mahesh Chetan.

Well, you’ve decided that you are going to give yoga a try. Perhaps your friend or significant other insisted that you take a class with them. Maybe you watched an interesting documentary that laid out the benefits of yoga and thought that it’s worth giving a try. Whatever the reason may be, the important thing is that you have decided to give this ancient practice a try.

You don´t need anything

First and foremost, don’t panic. You don’t need any gear to practice yoga. Some pants/short and a shirt that you don’t mind breaking a sweat-in would work fine. You don’t need any special shoes or special gear either. All you need to have is a willing mind and an attentive ear. So, perhaps most of the preparations might be have to be mental.

If you are the competitive type, the key is to be non-competitive. Yoga is never a competition. It’s your time to explore your body and listen to its needs. What we mean here is that when you hit the mat, your focus should be on the teacher’s instruction and your body. It’s easy to get carried away in a studio full of people with varying levels of flexibility and skill. It’s natural, but remember that we are all different in our levels of flexibility. If performed correctly, the asanas should not cause any injury. But the reality is that there are practitioners that get injured.

Listen to The Teacher

Yoga is a lot about listening as much as doing. Especially when practicing with a group, listening to the instructions provided by the teacher is important to properly get in and out of the poses. If it’s your first time, it’s also better to choose a spot in the studio where you can clearly see the teacher. Somewhere in the middle would be ideal. Usually, a few experienced yogis will take the front row. They are good teachers as well. If you are ever confused as to what to do, a glance over these skilled yogis can give you an idea of what the rest of the class is doing.

Enjoy Shavasana

When you go to the final resting pose at the end of the class, be sure relax and just let it go. This is one of the favorite poses of yogis. This pose allows the practitioner to savor in the practice and enjoy the physical and mental benefits of yoga. Try to be as quiet and respectful of others as possible when the class gets to this point. This is the time to see which body parts got worked on during your practice and observe your breath.