So, you want to try yoga. You’ve done your research, and found a class you’d like to try. Don’t be scared, there’s a first time for everything! At Hopewood, we are strong believers of trying new things! New experiences are good for you mind, body, and soul.
If you’ve always wanted to try a yoga class but were too nervous, these tips will help put your mind at ease!
What to wear
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to own the latest trending brand of yoga-pants to fit into the yoga crowd. When doing yoga, it’s important to be comfortable. Opt for something light and breathable (especially if your class is in a heated studio). NB: Yoga is also practiced in bare feet.
What to bring
A yoga matt is the only essential item you will need. You can opt to invest in your own straight away; otherwise there are usually rentals or some spare matts available. Bringing a towel and water bottle is also encouraged.
Get to class early
Yoga is all about escaping the chaos of your everyday, so getting to class early is good to put you in a calm state of mind before class. More importantly, since this is your first class, it’s a good idea to chat to the yoga instructor before the class begins. Let them know this is your first time and inform them of any existing medical conditions/injuries you may have. Usually, beginners will be set up at the back of the room (but don’t let this deter you from setting up front and center!)
Stuck on poses and yogi lingo: savasana, namaste and ommm-what?
You will likely hear words throughout class that you don’t understand. Don’t worry, you will begin to recognise yogi-language in no time, but here are some basics to get you started: Savasana is the relaxation part of the class, this is usually how you will begin and end your practice. Namaste is a respectful greeting, loosely translated to “I bow to you”.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing a certain pose, then don’t. When you are ready to continue, jump back in. If you get stuck at any time, take a peak around the room and copy the poses you see others doing. The great thing about yoga is that the movements are fluid and free, meaning you can stop and start as you feel fit.