I took a yoga class for the first time yesterday and it was exciting and a little intimidating. I never thought I could hurt so much after rolling around on the floor with my legs in the air. (Seriously, do you have to go there?!) 😉
Perhaps you have never done yoga or maybe you’re a downward doggie pro! I found this link below and list of some basic steps you can take to ensure that your first yoga class won’t also be your last. I have to send a special THANK YOU to Alene and Jeramy and everyone in that class for making my sweaty, smelly, nasty ass feel welcome. 😉
First Time Yoga Student Tip #1. Remove Your Shoes – It is good form to remove shoes before entering a yoga studio. Not only does this cut down on the amount of street dirt brought onto the studio floor, it is also more respectful of the teacher and of the yoga space. (Try odor eaters as well… don’t wear something that “Swamp Thing” wouldn’t even wear.)
First Time Yoga Student Tip #2. Introduce yourself to the Instructor – Not only is it polite, it will also put you more at ease to introduce yourself to the yoga instructor. By letting the teacher know that you are new in class, the teacher will know to help you with your form. Also, by introducing yourself to the instructor you have let him or her know that there is a new student in the class, and the instructor will be more likely to be more descriptive, or not skip any important explanations, as they may do with a class of seasoned yoga students. (Jeramy was great with me, he even tied my feet behind my back — no, that’s a good thing I swear!)
First Time Yoga Student Tip #3. Discuss Any Health Concerns – If you are pregnant, be sure to tell the instructor. There are certain poses, that you should not do, and others will have some modifications that they can explain.
The same goes for any new yoga students with any type of back, neck or hip injury, or a medical condition. Simply let the instructor know, so he/she can advise you on which poses to skip.
First Time Yoga Student Tip #4. Sit in the front of the class – This is probably the most difficult tip for any student new to yoga, or to any class. By sitting in the front of the class, you will have a clear view of the teacher, and the teacher will have a clear view of you.
First Time Yoga Student Tip #5. Follow the Teacher not the Students – By following the movements of the teacher, rather than other students you will learn better form and be less prone to injury. By focusing your attention on the teacher you will be less likely to do number six.
First Time Yoga Student Tip #6. Do not Compare yourself to Other Students – The yoga student next to you could be someone who has taken yoga for a month, a year or a decade. They may be more flexible than you or in better shape. Do not compare their yogic abilities to yours. (I was in a class with wonderful people and a special thanks to Alene for letting me use her belt and brick thingy.)
First Time Yoga Student Tip #7. Ignore the mirror during balance poses – When possible, avert your eyes away from any mirrors during any balancing poses. It is easier to keep your balance when you don’t see yourself and other students moving in the mirror.(I always avert my eyes away from any mirrors, so this was easy to do!)
First Time Yoga Student Tip #8. Pain is not Gain – Do not stretch yourself too far during your first sessions of yoga class. Stretch only as far as is physically comfortable. (Done and Done!)
First Time Yoga Student Tip #9. Take the whole class – Be sure to show up in time for the warm up, stay for the whole class, and stick with it to the end.
First Time Yoga Student Tip #10. Do not skip the meditation – The meditation at the end of class is just as important as the rest of the yoga class. The meditation portion of the yoga class will quiet your mind and body.
By following these basic tips, your first-time yoga class will be enjoyable, and ensure that you will be back for more.