The first and the foremost step in starting Yoga is to decide to do it! However, many people stop there. Don’t be intimidated! Practicing Yoga would only lead to ultimate happiness. So get started-
Pick a Yoga Type –
Do a little research before venturing out. There are many yoga classes, but you need to choose the right one depending on your physical fitness levels and your personality. For most beginners, a Hatha Yoga class will be most appropriate. It is a basic style that helps you increase flexibility and builds your body strength. You can always try something fancier later.
Find a Class –
Once you have decided on the type of yoga, find a class in your neighborhood that can help you. Online resources, newspapers and magazines can help you find the right class for your needs. Make sure you start with a basic level class. Many gyms also offer yoga, which could help you narrow down your search. Along with the right class, it is very important to find the right person who can help you. This person can help you stick to your daily exercises and also help you with your weak areas.
What to carry to class on your first day –
On the first day, you do need to bring much except yourself and some comfortable, breathable clothing. Opt for loose and comfortable clothing. You wouldn’t want tight body-hugging outfits interfering with your stretches! Also, do not wear any excessive jewelry and avoid heavy makeup. You could invest in a yoga mat later. However, most studios have yoga mats that can be rented.
Warm up before doing intense yoga postures –
Warming up before any physical exercise is very important. But it becomes more important while doing yoga as you could risk straining your muscles. Start your warm up by doing a few body stretches to bring flexibility to your muscles, before moving on to more intense yoga postures.
Some basic Dos and Don’ts before a yoga session –
- Have a big meal right before class. Eat light meals 3 hours before your class. However if you have a fast metabolism and would be hungry during class, have some juice or nuts 30 mins prior to starting your exercises.
- Drink at least 3-4 liters of water during the day as it will help you to flush out the toxins out of the body that are released during your yoga practice.
- Wear shoes or socks during class. Yoga is practiced barefoot and wearing shoes would restrict some movements
- Don’t neglect persistent pains in spite of regular yoga exercises
- Over-exercise. You could damage your muscles. Realize your limits and take one step at a time
- Continue practicing yoga even if you feel sore at the end of your first class
- tell the teacher it’s your first class (you probably won’t be the only one).
- ask for help if you need it
- Relax at the end of a class. Lie down for a few minutes to allow your body to come back to equilibrium