9 Yoga Class Tips for Beginners
It’s natural to be apprehensive about trying something new! No matter where you are on your wellness journey - beginner or seasoned yogi - Root 2 Rise welcomes you. As a true wellness center aimed at teaching, you can expect to find guidance both inside and outside of the yoga studio, as well as a supply of props and modifications to help you as you first begin. It is never about competition here; it’s all about finding peace, healing, and trying your best. Come as you are and begin your personal journey to wellness.
Tip #1: Get to the yoga studio early
If you are brand new to yoga, plan to arrive to the yoga studio at least 15 minutes prior to the start of class. It is important to have time to get acquainted with the studio and the environment. It will also provide you with enough time to check in and fill out any necessary forms before the class starts. Lastly, it gives you the opportunity to chat with the instructor before class in case you have any questions or concerns.
Tip #2: Bring yourself and leave your shoes at the door
Seriously though, please feel free to bring any item you want or to just bring yourself, if you are brand new to yoga. Our studio will be equipped with blocks, eggs, straps, bolsters and a few mats for those needing to borrow one. You don’t need to make a huge investment until you have taken some classes to see if it is a path you will want to stay on.
Tip #3: Be mindful of fragrances and personal hygiene
Yoga is all about your individual practice, however, most yoga in the U.S. is practiced in a group setting. This means sharing a small, closed space with many other yogis. The space might even be heated, in the case of a hot yoga class. It is important to minimize the use of perfume or cologne before class to avoid affecting others around you who might be sensitive or allergic.
Tip #4: Keep the noise down and completely silence your cell phone
It is always a good idea to keep your voice level low in the lobby and in the classroom before class. Some of your fellow yogis find this to be a great time for some meditating or centering before class begins. Remember that a cell phone on vibrate will still make a lot of noise in a very quiet yoga room.
Tip #5: Stay hydrated before, during and after the practice
Before you attend a class, make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. And feel free to bring a sealable bottle into class with you. Don’t rush to catch up and drink a gallon right before your class; this will make you feel bloated and it will be harder for you to do the postures in depth. Providing your body with the right amount of water is incredibly important, even if you do not practice every day – at least two liters of water per day is recommended.
Tip #6: It is ok to take a break during the practice
Beginners can easily get overwhelmed with the various poses during the yoga class. Your mind and body can become quite overwhelmed if it is your first few visits. Listening to your body is crucial to avoid unnecessary injuries. Depending on the class series and what you are experiencing, you can always return to an easy seated posture or to child’s pose.
Tip #7: Take the time to enjoy the Savasana phase of the class
For someone who is not familiar with yoga, the last few minutes of a class can seem unimportant and therefore optional. This is not the case. This posture is not ”trivial” – it is actually the most important part of your practice. Savasana provides you with the opportunity to meditate and reflect on everything that you have done in the past 60 or 90 minutes, while also allowing you time to become more aware of your breath.
Tip #8: Don’t hurt yourself
Yoga poses can provide our bodies with many benefits but done the wrong way, they can easily result in injury. This is not a competition. This is a practice. That is why it’s so important to study the postures and to communicate with your instructor. It’s also critical to not push your body beyond its limits, so stop right away if you experience any sort of pain. You can avoid injuries by understating your body’s capabilities; you may need to work on strength instead of flexibility at first.
Tip #9: Diversify your yoga experiences
Yoga is first and foremost your practice. So make sure you experience a few different types of practices, teachers, and studios in order to find the one or two that fit you best. Sometimes complementing practices can be the perfect match for what you need. For example, if you want to work on your flexibility, a hot room can be a good place to do that and if you feel stressed, a Yin class maybe the perfect complementary practice. Sampling is important, just like anything else.