As a beginner it may be daunting having a class full of regulars surrounding you flowing to the cues given and leaving you feeling completely out of sorts as your left becomes your right and that darn leg won’t move into the same position as the rest of the class. Well here are a few tips to keep you semi sane and to give you that ease to soak up the benefits of yoga as opposed to soaking up the fear.
1. Wear comfortable clothing : Have you ever had those butt munching panties on with hanging lose tops that shows your underwear every time you do a forward bend? Never fun, and not needed on top of all else that you are still settling into. Try wearing just tights (no panties), a tight fitting sleeveless top and a loose airy flowing top over top to make you feel covered and not overly exposed. You will be able to flow easily from one posture to the next and not have to worry about showing off those wobbly bits to the person behind you. (Yes, we all have wobbly bits).
2. Join a Back to Basics workshop where your yoga teacher can go through the alignment of each posture focusing on the core adjustments needed to prevent injury and suit your body type.
3. Get to class at least 10 minutes before: By arriving early, you have the upper hand to place your mat in your desired space. Lie, close eyes listening to your breathe and settling the body. We do yoga to withdraw from the stresses of everyday life and what better way to start a yoga class than to quieten the thoughts and sink into that zen mode to work deep into your practice.
4. Talk to your yoga teacher: the reason you are attending a class at a studio is because you have a professional there to help you. There are plenty You Tube vids out there teaching yoga, however having someone guide you and help you adapt your body type into a yoga pose is what makes class attendance so much more reassuring.
5. If you feel that group classes are just not working out for you, private classes are also available. Here, your yoga practitioner can adapt the class to your needs, up the level or sooth the practice depending on how you feel, what you desire to achieve come the end of your class and so forth. The greatest gift that yoga has to offer you is the gift of living in the present and becoming mindful of the magnificent being that you are. Not only do you become internally aware, your external apparent will change too by becoming more beautiful, bright and energetic.
Well done on gifting yourself with yoga and watch overtime how the authentic you starts shining through.
– If you are in the PE area get in touch with Michelle, she even does yoga for kids which has had raving reports