How to Survive Your First Yoga Class

Submitted by shopie on May 23, 2013

Considering the health benefits associated with the ancient practice of yoga, who wouldn't want to take it up? As it turns out, many people!


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While most of us are aware of how healthy and beneficial yoga can be, we often refrain from joining a class, because we believe it is too difficult, or we are not flexible enough. Many people join yoga studios, only to drop out, after attending one session.

However, take heart in the fact that you, like anyone else can take up yoga and reap its numerous rewards (unless you are suffering from any preexisting medical condition).

Given below are a few tips that you can use, for making it through your first yoga class:

  • Educate yourself about the different styles of yoga and the benefits that are associated with each. Some forms of yoga are recommended for those who are young and physically fit, whereas others may be more appropriate for the elderly or those who have certain limitations. Joining a power yoga class when you have never worked out before could be like setting yourself up for failure
  • Join a beginner’s class, where you can learn yoga with people who are new to the practice, just like you. This way, you won’t feel embarrassed or out of place. If your instructor is a well-experienced yoga guru, he probably won’t expect you to perform any complicated twists or headstands. Keep this in mind so that you don’t expect too much from yourself in the initial stages either. If you feel that a certain pose or exercise is putting too much strain on your body, inform your instructor about it immediately.
  • If possible, have a friend or a companion joint the class with you. This will help you look forward to your yoga classes, thereby keeping you motivated. You can also seek help from your companion if necessary, without feeling awkward.
  • Invest in the right yoga attire, so that you remain comfortable throughout the session. Most yoga experts advise people to wear loose clothing, so that their movements aren’t restricted. Tights, track pants and t-shirts usually are the most appropriate for yoga practice. If you are going for a yoga class straight after work, you can carry a bag with your yoga clothes and change at the studio. Also make sure that you are barefoot during the yoga session.
  • Drink an adequate amount of water before a yoga class, so that you are well-hydrated during the session. Avoid drinking water while you are practicing yoga, unless you are just taking a sip or two. After the class is over, rehydrate your body.
  • Make sure that you do not eat anything for at least two to three hours before your class. If you perform yoga exercises or poses on a full tummy, you could experience cramps and nausea, which is enough to put anyone off the practice for a long time.
  • Ask your instructor to show you a pose properly before you try to perform it on your own. Seek clarification about the way in which you should breathe during the pose. In case you feel lightheaded or experience any pain during the session, stop practicing the pose and let your instructor know immediately.

Pushing yourself and your body into any practice, no matter how beneficial, could have a bad repercussion. Therefore, make sure that you listen to your body when you decide to take up yoga. It is also important for you to get a “go ahead” from your physician, before you join your first yoga class.

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