When you are new at something, it is always quite intimidating at first. Going to the yoga studio for the first time is no exception.
Despite all the images on social media that make yoga seem extremely difficult, it is easier than you think and does not require a certain body type or level of flexibility.
You might not know what to expect or how to prepare for it, but the number one thing to remember is: be a beginner. It is okay not to know what you are doing. Embrace the newness and work slowly on improving yourself. No pressure.
To help you feel more confident and comfortable during your very first yoga flow, here are 5 tips to follow before stepping on the mat for the first time.
1. Avoid heavy meals before class
You probably know that yoga includes twists and turns that require you to be feeling good in your body. To be able to perform the best you can, avoid eating a heavy meal right before practice as everything will get churned up and you might end up feeling sick. You can have a light snack like a banana an hour or two before your practice. It will give you energy without making you feel heavy.
2. Wear comfortable clothes
Our first rule for picking out your yoga outfit is to keep things as simple as can be. You don’t need to go overboard – you can start with the basics like stretchy leggings or comfortable yoga pants for women, a supportive sports bra, and a moisture-wicking top.
With time, you will learn how to build a sustainable yoga wardrobe that includes all the essentials you need.
If you arrive a bit earlier, make the most of this time to familiarise yourself with your surroundings and warm-up for your practice. When your muscles are cold and stiff, it can cause injury if you jump right into the flow! To avoid that, start with simple stretching movements such as pelvic tilts, the eye of the needle pose, leg stretches, child’s pose and cat-cow.
4. Bring practice essentials with you
Consider bringing a water bottle, a towel and a yoga mat with you. Some studios have their yoga mats, so it is better to contact yours beforehand to check the offerings and what is included. Bring a jumper or sweater to cover up for savasana as our bodies tend to cool down when we are laying still.
5. Prep your mind
Starting your yoga journey with the right mindset can help you stay consistent with your practice. Drop the unrealistic expectations and embrace the wonderful ride you are embarking on. Begin by researching beginner yoga poses online just to familiarise yourself with them as you will probably learn some of them on your first day. Knowing the names and what each of the famous beginner poses looks like will make it easier for you to do them on the mat. But do not stress about that the teacher will assist you every step of the way.