So, you’re interested in Yoga and have determined that you may provide a yoga class a go. Perhaps a friend or family members has supported you, or maybe you’ve seen some advertisements of a local course. Whatever your interest and reason for looking into yoga classes, here is your quick start guide to provide you with everything you will need to know to start with yoga class.
Finding the ideal class
There are several different takes and approaches when it comes to yoga, so its a fantastic idea to do a bit of research into what’s available locally and what you would like to escape your session. Most courses will be based on Hatha yoga, which is yoga that focuses on the physical postures and poses mostly, instead of on the meditative and spiritual side. Most Hatha Yoga practitioners also incorporate these aspects, but the first and primary focus is on the physical body. If you are a beginner, search for a beginner’s class and be wary of ‘general’ or ‘mixed degree’ yoga because this is not likely to give you the attention you need when you’re getting started and guarantee your safety in the presents. If you encounter a style or approach to yoga that you haven’t heard of, then don’t hesitate to request an explanation. Yoga folk are usually pretty friendly and happy to talk about why they practice the type of yoga they do and that it is most appropriate for.
Choose Public or Private
Once you have located a school or course that is suitable for you, there might also be a selection of group classes or private tuition. Which one is perfect for you will depend on your reasons for beginning yoga. If you have an injury, feel especially shy in large groups or desire more tailored and personalized care, then personal courses may be for you. If you’re motivated by engaging in action with others, are hoping to also find other like-minded folks to hang out together and want a course that’s easy on your wallet, then group or public classes are probably a fantastic fit.
Ok, now you’ve got your course sorted out, what do you will need to prepare? Yoga is generally quite an equipment-lite activity. Some studios will offer all equipment, including blankets, mats and props if they use them, while others will ask that you bring your own mat. Most studios will have mats for hire that’s handy when you’re starting out, but there are yoga mats rather inexpensively in sports shops or online. Besides a mat, it’s better to take along a towel and bottle of water to get throughout the course and a lightweight coverup which you can take off or on based on the temperature of the space. Wardrobe malfunction. Thankfully Yoga doesn’t need a particular uniform or protective clothing and you can be as expressive (or not) as you select on your style. The main factor for your wardrobe is that you’re comfortable and can move easily and the cloths you’re wearing can ‘breathe’. Men often wear shorts, sweats, t-shirts and tank tops. Women may also wear this, or some will add leotards or fitted workout shirts. There are no shoes required for yoga, so be prepared to remove your shoes / socks until the course begins.
Group yoga classes vary in length from 50 to 90 minutes. Fitness clubs will have a tendency to stay with 50-60 min courses, whereas yoga studios or facilities will have a tendency towards 70 – 90 minutes and will often include meditation and relaxation for a complete yoga experience.
Yes, there’s Yoga etiquette and its worth taking the time to become acquainted with it.
And, finally, be sure to enjoy the yoga experience. It could take you a couple of classes to start to actually feel the benefits, but the increase for your health, both bodily and psychological, will be well worth it. Above, all, appreciate – that is what’s life is all about.