There’s no denying that yoga has many benefits. From weight loss to improving strength, flexibility, and mental wellbeing, it’s understandable why it’s so popular.
If you’ve booked in for class, you’re probably wondering how you can prepare yourself. Luckily, there are a few easy tips that you can follow so that you can make the most out of your new journey.
Stick to a light meal beforehand
Yoga can be quite a workout, and it’s a good idea to avoid eating a huge meal beforehand so that you aren’t uncomfortable. If you are hungry, stick to a snack such as fresh fruit or nuts. You might even think about having some ceremonial cacao to boost your energy and mental clarity.
Pack in advance and arrive early
One of the main points of yoga is to help you relax your mind, and you’re not going to feel that way if you are running late. Pack your belongings, including your mat, water bottle, and small towel, and arrive at least 15 minutes early. This will help you get in the right mindset, and you can set up properly without rushing around.
Understand that you are a beginner
Since you’re probably classified as a non-yogi, it’s important to get yourself into a positive state of mind and understand that you are a beginner. You can’t go into your lesson and expect to do to some of the craziest and most difficult poses. Set yourself realistic goals that are achievable and measurable. This way, you can track your progress easily.
Wear comfortable clothing
Just like if you were to hit the gym, it’s also important to wear the right clothing when you go to your class. This will help you feel comfortable so that you can breathe, focus, and genuinely benefit from the exercise. Opt for a loose-fitting top (preferably sleeveless) and a pair of leggings or yoga pants so that you can move freely. Most yoga is done barefoot, so you don’t need to worry about shoes. However, you may want to invest in some special socks that will help you grip the mat.
Introduce yourself to the teacher
During your first lesson, you want to take time to introduce yourself to the teacher before you begin. Not only will this make you feel much more comfortable, but you can ask any questions and discuss your current fitness level. Remember to be honest and talk openly about your situation. If you’re pregnant or coping with a medical condition, you want to make sure you don’t injure yourself.
Understand basic class etiquette
Finally, the last step to prepare your body and mind is to remember basic class etiquette. The space should be welcoming to all, which means you need to be respectful of others. Silence your mobile phone, give everyone plenty of space and stay the entire length of the class unless absolutely necessary. This will ensure you get the most benefit possible.