How to Survive Your First Yoga Class

April 16, 2018

How to Survive Your First Yoga Class | Alyssa Pacaut

One year ago today I took my first yoga class. Though I may have looked zen on the outside, I was a nervous wreck inside. Venturing into the unknown can be scary!

If you are thinking about starting yoga, then allow me to be the first to congratulate you. It is a fantastic practice for your mind, body, and soul. You may be nervous about your first class so here are a few tips.

Look Up Parking Ahead of Time

Yoga studios are often located in random locations so parking can sometimes be complicated. Check out the parking situation online or look for info on their website.

Figure Out Your Mat Situation

Most studios provide yoga mats for a small rental fee. You could also borrow a mat from a friend or pick up an affordable one. My $20 mat from Target is just now starting to show signs of wear after one year of use.

Aim to Arrive 15 Minutes Early

Getting to the yoga studio fifteen minutes early will give you time to get situated. Don’t be alarmed if the door is locked when you arrive. Yoga studios sometimes lock the door in-between classes because the teacher is the only one on staff.

Wait for Class like a Yogi

Set up your mat and get comfy. Sit in a cross-legged position with your hands resting lightly on your knees. If that’s uncomfortable, lay on your back with your arms resting at your sides. Close your eyes and focus on breathing softly in and out until class begins.

Don’t Worry About How You Look

Although easier said than done, try not to worry too much about how you look. Yoga poses vary widely and everybody’s body responds differently. It’s okay if you can’t do a pose, lose your balance, or need to rest in child’s pose. You’ll get the most out of yoga by being true to yourself and your abilities.

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