For people who have never tried yoga, it can seem like a tough process. It’s no wonder some people think that it’s only for girls.
Fortunately, there are a number of resources that help new students make the transition to yoga a little easier. Here are some of the top tips for anyone new to this great practice.
1. Be Comfortable – Most places that offer yoga classes are fine with people who are wearing tight and revealing clothes. If you plan on attending a class that is less flexible, there’s no need to worry about your outfit. It’s a good idea to dress appropriately for your class.
2. Arrive Early – You’ll be at the class at least 10 minutes early. Be prepared to sit down and be in the hot seat for a few minutes while the teacher checks to see if your mat is ripped. If there is no issue, you should then be ready to go. If there is a issue, you might have to put your mat on a cart and take it to the front of the room.
3. Remember Your Role – Just like in a traditional class, you have a job description. You’ll need to be at the front of the room, standing or sitting, and with your feet pointed forward, palms facing the audience. All you need to do is hold your body in a straight line and keep your arms stationary. You don’t need to do anything fancy, just be present and comfortable.
4. Breathe – This is perhaps the most important aspect of the session. All of the instructions and questions you hear will be related to breathing. You’ll be asked to inhale and exhale deeply, and to make certain you inhale in a big way and exhale a small way. Try to always breathe through your nose unless you have a medical reason not to.
5. Be Quiet and Clear – The space you are in will help you stay focused. It’s helpful to be as clear and concise as possible when working in a group. Try to keep the volume as low as possible. Try to avoid unnecessary talking and feedback.
6. Stay With Your Breath – You can get stuck in the old habits that you have had since you were a child. You can start to force your breathing instead of letting yourself go with the flow. Instead of worrying about whether or not you are breathing correctly, go with the flow.
7. Relax and Share – Try to look for opportunities to make the group as comfortable as possible. Instead of fighting with the group to make sure you get your turn, let the group help you be. It’s just a bunch of people who are having a good time.
These tips are meant to give you an idea of the types of things you’ll be expected to do. But even if you don’t get them all, you will have learned how to be present and get the most out of your group. It’s your first time attending a session, so don’t worry about being perfect. Just be present, keep it clean and remember to be clear. These are the fundamentals of being present and staying in the moment. Now go and have a great group experience.