This is a guest post by Nadine
Yoga is a collection of spiritual techniques and practices aimed at integrating mind, body, and spirit to achieve a state of enlightenment or oneness with the universe. It is a science of right living and it works when integrated in our daily life.
Yoga works on different aspects of the person: the physical, mental, emotional, psychic, and spiritual.
Now, are you thinking about enrolling in a yoga class? You need not be afraid of taking yoga classes. Here’s a few things you need to know about a yoga class as a beginner.
Do some background research about the teacher and the class you want to enroll in. Studying about the style of yoga before joining the class helps. This would give you a better understanding about yoga.
- Go to class early
Get to class at least 10 minutes early. Your teacher will probably want to know if you’ve done yoga before and if there are injuries they need to be aware of. Coming in also has perks because you get to choose the best mat space.
3. What to wear
Wear layers on your top half so you can shed them if you build too much heat (then put them on again in Savasana). Wear something that’s not too loose to prevent your top from riding up or suffocating you during downward dog. Wear high-waisted leggings or trousers.
For men, there is a limited choice in yoga clothes. Try stretchy shorts or even Thai Fisherman’s pants
One benefit of doing yoga is you can choose to wear whatever you like.
- Socks off
Yoga is practiced with bare feet. It might be a little cold, but your teacher will advise you to take them off.
- Eating before a session
It is best not to attend a class on a full stomach, but it is also not a good idea not to go completely on an empty stomach.
You do not need plenty of equipment to practice yoga. All you need is a mat and sometimes, belts, blocks, and blankets. They are usually available in class, but it is best to check.
- The beginner’s mind
Remember that you CANNOT be bad at yoga. Yes, there will be someone better–stronger or more flexible than you. It is your approach that is important.
Patience, openness, and the commitment to show up on your mat, as well as respecting your boundaries and learning to connect with sensation and breathing, and the willingness to be in the present moment are all far more important than your balance.
Rather than being frustrated at being a beginner, enjoy the experience. You never know, you might even become a master soon. Just keep on practicing.
Nadine is a wandering writer and blogger. She loves traveling and exploring new places, and finding hole-in-the-wall dining places. As a wannabe cook, she loves discovering new recipes and ingredients, like the versatile coconut oil (and yes, she uses it on just about anything and everything). On lazy days, Nadine is spending time at the beach with her fur-babies, Pepe and Pido.