5 Things You Need to Know Before Your First Yoga Class

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The most critical pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind. – Rodney Yee When it comes to acquiring new healthy habits, we need to come up with an effective mechanism making sure it sticks around becoming a part of our day-to-day life. This was my thinking when it came to my very first yoga class back in 2002, and here are the 5 things I wish I knew before deep diving into this practice.

What You'll Need

  • 10 minutes a day
  • patience
  • think: progress over perfection

What You'll Do

  • Forget 'Yoga Journal' and Concentrate on 'Your' Practice A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga teacher gets people to pose for themselves. – T. Guillemets I remember how intimidated I felt during my first yoga class. I looked left and right and thought: wow, I wish I could be as flexible and do those cool handstands like that lady, or that gentleman on the left. They both looked like they belonged on the cover of Yoga Journal. Good on them. But here's one thing, Yoga is about finding a balance between your body, your mind, and your spirit. You are doing it for yourself, not for the sake of the competition in the class and getting a gold star for being able to bend yourself into a pretzel. So please, focus on your practice, be here now, and stubbornly choose progress over perfection.
  • Think: Regular vs. Vigorous Just 10 minutes of daily yoga is way better than 2 hours of it once in a while Practicing yoga on a regular basis boosts your energy, infuses you with enthusiasm and a sweet sense of well-being.
  • Comfort Over Fashion Think: comfortable, no-flashy clothes that won't take your attention away from yoga practice. I used to have flashy sports bras and tiny tops of all colors of a rainbow. Honestly? It didn't do much. So to be less distracted - I decided to go with neutral colors and picked comfort over fashion. When, for whatever reason, you are not comfortable in your clothes during yoga practice – it takes your attention away, it could restrain your movements jeopardizing the whole yoga session. Also, it is a good idea to be prepared for each lesson beforehand. Try to do it on an empty stomach. It's essential, trust me. Plus, if you wish to introduce a couple of more advanced asanas to your practice, study each posture before performing it in the class. Learn about its benefits and exercise in the best way suitable for your current level.
  • Bend, Don't Break Remember to always show your body kindness and love by not pushing it too hard to a breaking point. Be mindful. Move with patience and listen to your body's response to each asana; don't push too hard. Why pushing too hard anyway? What for? Yoga is about feeling good inside out, one tiny step at a time. Remember progress over perfection.
  • Leave Instant Miracles to Fairytales There is no need to rush when it comes to yoga. Aim to practice it with patience noticing and appreciating little improvements rather than expecting instant miracles.
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