What to Expect at Your First Yoga Class
Just show up!
Like anything you do for the first time you may feel a bit uneasy. This feeling will disappear quickly as you realize that one of the great things about yoga is that you always participate from where you are, from your own ability. There is no sense of competition or judgement in a yoga studio. You learn to listen to your body's own innate wisdom and truth (satya). Breathe, move and respect your limitations. Yoga is a personal practice and experience. Let go of your ego and enjoy!
Worried about not being "flexible"?
No worries! You don't need to be physically flexible or strong to begin your yoga practice. What is more important is that you are mentally flexible, easy on yourself yet determined. Learn from your weaknesses and become stronger by letting go and finding acceptance. You will find that over time tension in your body will release and you will begin to gain flexibility and strength.
Don't know what to bring or wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. Be prepared to practice with barefeet. Mats are available for use at the studio but it is reccomended that you have your own for sanitary reasons. Mats may be purchased at the studio. Bring a water bottle and a small towel. Try to avoid eating a large meal before your yoga practice.
Not sure how often to practice?
A yoga practice takes commitment and consistency. If you do the work the results will follow. You will probably begin to be aware of a transformation in your physical, emotional and spiritual body after a few weeks of regular practice which is about 2-3 days per week. Just start your journey and you will feel drawn to your mat!