As relaxed and centered as yoga can make you feel, if you’re a beginner it can be super intimidating.
So instead of going into your first class nervous and confused, we have a few insider tips to make you feel confident and ready to master the downward dog. Read more below:
1. Arrive early – If it’s your first class, getting to the studio 10 minutes early never hurt—especially if you need to fill out paperwork and such. It also gives you a chance to find a prime spot and chat with your teacher beforehand.
2. Don’t go on a full stomach – Filling up your belly with a meal before you head to yoga isn’t the best move. For your body to twist and hop into poses, your stomach can’t be digesting something heavy. But if you must munch on something, try having a banana no less than 20 minutes before class.
3. Pick up all the necessities – If the studio you’re going to doesn’t offer mats and additional props, make sure to pick up your own. Other gear you might consider getting: a strap, blanket, and block all offer a variety to a beginner’s practice.
4. Breathe – Yoga is heavily focused on you breathe. Pay attention to how shallow your breath is when class starts and if it’s deeper and more relaxed at the end of class. Lengthening your inhales and exhales is a great way to calm down and dive back into your practice when your mind wanders.
5. Trust your teacher – Remember, your teacher is more experienced than you. Trying to move at his or her pace will probably not be suitable if you’re a beginner. All you can do is try to keep up with the moves and make sure you’re comfortable. Some teachers will be more helpful than others.
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