Yoga has been very popular for many years, but still there are some people who have not been to a yoga class. Are you one of them? You may be put off by the perfect bodies or the complicated looking poses. But it is honestly never too late to take up yoga. Just give it a try. Here are our yoga tips if you are going to your first class.
Some Yoga Tips to Bear in Mind.
If you are going to your first yoga class, you may have very mixed emotions. And I am sure you will feel nervous. But don’t let nerves put you off. Attending a yoga class with little to no experience can be both daunting and exhilarating. However, just remember that if you take up regular practice, you will become confident and adept at performing each yoga posture.
You should keep in mind the following yoga tips to help ensure that your early experiences will be beneficial ones.
Don’t Try and Be Perfect
If you focus too much on how you should look whilst doing a particular pose, you will miss out on the most important part of learning yoga.
Instead of focusing on perfecting a specific pose, pay attention to what you can do, right now. If you push yourself too early, you may miss out on the basic fundamentals that you will need later. Pay more attention to learning the positions and the flow of the moves rather than what you look like.
Listen to Your Body
Yoga is a discipline that should involve your mind. So, as you perform each pose, take notice of the sensations you feel in your body. Try to notice what is happening to each part of your body when you perform the different poses.
Don’t let any uncomfortable sensations keep you from performing to the best of your ability. Instead, think about how powerful your legs or your arms are, while they are supporting your body-weight and notice how the energy flows to each part of your body.
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You might feel that as a beginner you don’t need to purchase a yoga mat. However, this is something that should not be overlooked, even when you are a beginner. The right type of yoga mat should be something that provides a firm footing whenever you perform any pose. It will make your practice easier if you have good equipment.
A sticky mat will help prevent the risk of being out of balance and suffering from an injury. There are even mats available that have printed lines that help serve as a guide.
You can also ask the advice of your yoga instructor regarding the best type of mat for you to purchase.
Worry About Yourself Not Others
It is so easy to look at everyone else, think they are so much better than me, then give up. Don’t do it! If you compare yourself to other people inside your yoga class, some of whom may have been doing yoga for years, you will only deprive you of enjoying your own journey as a beginner. If you watch others, you will find yourself overwhelmed with the abilities of those advanced practitioners.
Instead, view their talents as your inspiration instead of something to be jealous of. Watch them and learn from their skills. Sometimes it is easier to copy people on ‘your’ side of the studio rather than the instructor. So be grateful you have good people you can watch. Then believe that you will also be able to get to their level if you just continue to practice yoga on a regular basis.
If you follow these simple tips you should enjoy every yoga class you attend!