Never done yoga before? Why not now?
This quick 10 minute video describes what you may expect in a typical class. Below that are some written tips.
There is also a blog that corresponds with this. Check it out at: https://esterinaanderson.com/2020/03/24/demystifying-yoga-movement-over-exercise/
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/g3Ee0QlvhXg
Yoga Tips for Beginners
What to wear
- A top that is comfortable but fitted comfortably around the waste so it will not move toward the head during practice.
- Pants that are comfortable with an elastic or stretch in the waist. The goal is to breath with as much as as possible.
- No socks – as the feet gripping a mat, carpet or floor will prevent slipping.
What to bring/have with you
- A yoga mat or if not available – something below you that does not move, even if just floor/carpet. Whatever you will be practicing on should not easily move.
- Water or a clear beverage nearby, perhaps in a water bottle to avoid spillage.
- A blanket.
- If you have a yoga block it can be helpful in various poses.
What to expect
- Usually classes start seated or lying down for a few minutes.
- A bit of warm up through stretches.
- Movement with stretches during the main practice.
- A bit of cool down through stretches.
- Final resting pose (savasana) for a few minutes lying down quietly.
- When you will be in a seated position for a while (such as the start of class) it may be helpful to sit on something (pillow, blanket, bolster, block) to keep the knees below the hips.
- Your voice over the teachers. If anything hurts pull back, stop, or take a child’s pose.
- Poses are more like suggestions. Try to mimic the example, but to your best ability. It is not a failure if you cannot get into a pose. Everyone is built differently and has different levels of fitness and physical capability.
- Nothing should ever hurt, pinch, tingle or burn. Ever. If it does pull back, stop, or take a child’s pose.
- When stretching you are encouraged to initially find your end range (just to get an idea of where it is) and then pull back from that range by an inch or so. While holding the pose/stretch, with the breath you can slowly allow yourself to approach your end range again in a way it will not hurt or overstretch the muscles. You shouldn’t be too sore the next day. If you are, the stretch was too deep.
- Most students are very relaxed.
- It is recommended to try to keep that sense of peace for a while. If you need to go right back into chaos, take a breath and imagine holding onto the tranquility for as long as it may last.
- Nothing should hurt. If it does, let your instructor know. They may be able to talk to you about what happened and how it can be prevented the next time.
Most importantly – it’s not serious, just do your best & Have Fun!