Signing up to local yoga classes is a great way to improve your general wellbeing, meet new people, and de-stress in a world where day to day existence can feel far too fast-paced. However, if you expect overnight results, you’re likely to find yourself feeling frustrated, rather than reaping the benefits of relaxation. Here are our top tips for ensuring that you get the most of your yoga sessions when you first dive into the world of asanas.
Attending Local Yoga Classes
Going to your first yoga class can feel daunting, particularly if you are unsure what to expect. If you’ve signed up for small, local yoga classes, it is likely that you will be able to contact the teacher beforehand in order to address any concerns. However, as a rule, you will want to wear comfortable clothes, and no shoes or socks. People often think that baggy clothes will be the most comfortable, but the nature of some poses may make baggy tops ride up, or allow loose trousers to slide down. Try a few basic movements in your yoga attire before class – you don’t want to spend the session worrying about exposing yourself!
Comparing Yourself to the Experienced Yogi
There’s really only one rule here: don’t! Comparing yourself to more experienced classmates is a sure-fire way to make yourself feel incompetent, and is likely to set you on a road towards giving up. Local yoga classes are likely to be popular with regulars who have been practising yoga for years. Additionally, people often think of yoga as being easy because it doesn’t involve the same type of vigour as other athletic endeavours; however, it takes time, practice, and dedication to master even the most basic poses and asanas.
Practicing Outside Class
Yoga is truly enjoyable, and it’s likely that you will want to get some practice in addition to your allotted classes. Selecting poses before you start will encourage flow in your routine, and will help you to stay focused – Googling ‘sun salutations’ in the middle of your session is likely to distract you. Some find it helpful to write, or even draw, sequences of positions they want to do before they begin their home practice. The Yoga International guide to home practice as a beginner includes a few simple, but effective, poses, and can be found here: https://yogainternational.com/article/view/the-beginners-guide-to-home-yoga-practice. Finally, remember to practise Savasana (the relaxing corpse pose) at the end of each home session.
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