Starting any new fitness program requires research and preparation, this is also true of yoga. Many mistakenly believe that yoga is “easy”, simply stretching or a less intense version of aerobics. There is much more to Yoga than stretches and poses, and understanding the fundamentals will help you reach your health and fitness goals. Additionally, like any physical activity, yoga does carry some risk of injury if not done properly. Following these five beginner yoga tips will help you prepare for your first class:
1. Realistic Expectations
When you arrive at the yoga studio, have realistic expectations in your yoga experience. You can not learn yoga in one class, or even a hundred classes, allow plenty of time to learn. Your realistic approach will also allow you to know your capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. The more you practice, the easier it will get and your confidence will increase, allowing you to attempt new challenges and master new yoga techniques.
2. Know What To Expect
Contact your instructor and find out if you need to bring any equipment to class such as a yoga mat. Is your class suitable for beginners? When you are in a beginner class, you can relax somewhat, knowing that others in the class are also new to yoga. Arrive at your first class a little early so that you can let your instructor know your concerns about your inexperience with yoga and your current fitness level.
3. Invest In A Few Yoga Tools
One piece of equipment that is very important to your yoga success is a mat. Your mat will help prevent injuries from hard or rough surfaces by providing a comfortable and non-slip surface for doing poses. If you do not already have a yoga “sticky” mat, buy one. You will probably be using it for years to come and your mat will make your yoga experience less painful and more successful.
4. Keep A Yoga Journal
Record your thoughts, experiences, discoveries, insights, and the comments from your instructor as you learn and practice yoga. Write down your observations of class including poses, practices, styles, postures, new terms and all that you learn. Record questions you may have on meditation and practice so that you can ask your instructor next session. Keeping a journal increases self-awareness, generates new ideas, and helps you grow from mistakes.
5. Be Positive
Negative thoughts will cloud your mind and spoil your yoga progress. You need to practice yoga with an attitude of expecting success, and to progress and grow. Advancement in yoga involves purifying our consciousness through yoga and it’s underlying divine inspiration, you need to positively expect to receive this gift.
It can certainly be intimidating to walk into your first yoga class, even more so when you don’t know what to expect and aren’t prepared for the class. These five beginner yoga tips will help you to be better prepared to participate in your first class, making your first experience with yoga more enjoyable and rewarding.