More and more Australians are trying out yoga. This ancient Indian practice is continuing to grow in popularity. For many upstarts, yoga is a hip and trendy way to stay fit. However, seasoned yogi will tell you that the ancient practice has physical, mental, and spiritual components to it that can bring about a general sense of well-being.
Having said that, if this is your first time walking into a yoga class, you will also feel a bit intimidated. But fear not. Here are 4 things you have to know about yoga to help you start on your fitness and meditative journey.
- Choose a Yoga Class for Absolute Beginners
There are different yoga classes depending on the “skill” level of the participants. For absolute beginners, there’s the Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin, among others.
The Hatha is one of the most basic classes you can ever get as a beginner. The good thing with this class is that the progression is rather slow. Your instructor will take you through the basic postures in a gentler manner. You will never break a sweat, but you can always expect feeling more relaxed, looser, and longer right after every class.
If you love to dance, then the Vinyasa yoga is for you. The postures here are more fluid, more dynamic. The key learning point here is how to make the “seamless” transition between postures. It would be like “dancing” with the different steps blending to create a fluid movement. The purpose of Vinyasa is to link your breathing to your physical movements.
- Ditch the Sneakers and Wear Comfortable Clothes
You don’t need fancy clothes whenever you go to your yoga class. While it is true that you will not be pumping iron, you will still sweat quite a lot. Hence, you may want to wear something that is light and breathable. You should also wear something that allows you to move with ease. There are yoga pants and shirts that you can get; although your conventional trainers will often suffice.
Moreover, you can forget wearing the hippest and trendiest sneakers to class. You won’t need them. Yoga doesn’t require shoes or any other kind of footwear. So, ditch the sneakers and fancy socks as you don’t have any clear need for these.
- Don’t Forget to Eat Before You Do Yoga
Whenever we work out, we’re always told to fuel up by eating the right kinds and amounts of carbs and proteins. Most newbie yogis think that stretching and doing the different yoga postures will not require them to eat. They’re wrong.
Trying to maintain a particular posture for up to a few minutes at a time can tax your muscles real good. And if you did not fuel up before you hit the yoga class, there’s a good chance you won’t go that far.
The key here is to keep your pre-workout meals light. A single protein bar or shake should be enough to get you through the dynamics of a regular yoga class for beginners. As a matter of rule, you should fuel up at least 30 minutes before your yoga class. Now, if you do decide to eat a full meal, you’d have to wait about 2 hours before yoga.
- Keep at Your Own Pace
If this is your first yoga class, you will find yourself lagging behind. Other participants will be talking about terms that are very foreign to you. During the class, you may lag behind a particular posture. It is okay. This class is all about you getting into the groove. Keep at your own pace.
Do not attempt a posture that you know very well you cannot do. Ask your instructor to show you a modified version of a particular pose. He or she will be more than happy to show you.
Whatever you do, don’t compare yourself to the others in the class. Keep in mind that different individuals have different body compositions. Everyone has his or her own unique strengths, level of flexibility, and challenges. Remember that the essence of yoga is to create a system that works for you.
These are four of the many essential tips that beginning yogis need to know. Keep these things in mind to help make your yoga journey more worthwhile.