Trying anything for the first time can be a little bit scary, but Yoga doesn’t have to be! I remember my first Yoga class and wondering if I had brought or was wearing the correct things. Here’s a few tips on what to prepare so you can feel at ease in your first class…
Wear gym gear to your first class
As a general rule of thumb what you wear to the gym to workout in is acceptable for practising Yoga. Some teachers advise wearing ‘comfy’ clothing – but sometimes that can be more inconvenient when you’re practising. For example, loose baggy tops are comfy, but they’re a nightmare when they keep falling into your face in Downward Dog. If you’re in a heated Yoga class then “comfy” clothing can also be a bit too much if it’s on the thicker side i.e. cottons rather than sweat wicking fabric. Double check to see if your class is heated or not, if you’re in a heated class, wear a sports bra, a top you can easily take off if you need to and leggings or shorts.
A lot of people think that Yoga is “easy” only to show up to a heated Power Vinyasa class without ANY water and be blacking out 20 minutes in. Yoga can be hard on your body (just like any workout can) and you wouldn’t show up to the gym without proper hydration, so don’t do it for Yoga!
Check if you need your own mat
Lots of Yoga studios will provide mats that are either free or that you can rent for a small fee. During COVID, not many studios are lending out mats so it may be worth you buying an affordable one for the time being.
Let your instructor know you’re a beginner
Give your Yoga teacher a heads up that it’s your first time trying Yoga. If you’ve tried Yoga at home before, for example, practising Yoga on YouTube I’d let them know that this is your first time in a studio. An in-person class experience is very different from online as you’ll receive adjustments and you may feel more obligated to keep up with other students in the class. By letting your instructor know its your first time it means they’ll make sure to give you suitable modifications for poses that are advanced.
Avoid heavy meals before class
Eating before class is a bit of a no-go. You’ll be twisting and turning in ways that you maybe haven’t done for years and doing that on a full stomach is incredibly uncomfortable and may also give you digestion issues! Avoid eating a heavy mean up to two hours before class, if you need a burst of energy I always find a banana does the trick! It’s likely your class is only an hour, perhaps an hour and a half, you can manage!
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