Now that I’ve been consistently teaching yoga since June, I feel like I have a better handle on what you need to know before your first yoga class. I love how supportive you all have been of my yoga journey–and now I want to give back to you. Here are 5 things you need to know before your first yoga class!
*All photos in this post are by Chris Taylor of Fifth Legend *
5 Things You Need to Know Before Your First Yoga Class:
- What to wear: First things first, before you even go to your first yoga class, you’re going to want to wear the right clothes. If you’re going to a hot or heated yoga class, you’ll definitely want to wear sweat-wicking clothes. But less isn’t necessarily more with this. I like to wear leggings and a sports bra. This way, you have the grip of the leggings for moves like crow, but it’s also breathable. What you wear to your first yoga class is definitely a personal preference, but trust me when I say, DO NOT WEAR COTTON. It immediately sticks to you and that’s a terrible feeling. I’ve also had people ask me what underwear I wear in class. I actually don’t wear any. One less layer of clothing to get all bunched up. You’re going to wash your leggings after each class anyways, so I don’t really see the point in bothering. But again, that’s just my personal preference, so do what feels best for you!
- What to bring: Water bottle, electrolytes, yoga mat (if you have on), and a sweat towel (if you have one). For electrolytes, I prefer the Nuun tablets, without caffeine. Strawberry lemonade and orange are my favorite flavors! If you don’t have a yoga mat, don’t stress. Most studios include a free yoga mat rental in your first class anyways, and they’re typically really nice, thick, sticky mats.
- Find a spot next to a seasoned yogi: This means don’t hide in the back of the class where you can’t see what’s going on. I know it’s scary and you think everyone is looking at you, but trust me, they’re not. Everyone is focused on their own body and moving mindfully. We go to yoga to check out and tune into our own breath, and we want others to join us so there’s not judgement passed on new students! Find a spot in the middle of the class and don’t be afraid to drop to your knees when a pose you don’t know is called, take a quick glance around, and get right back into it. We’ve all been to our first yoga class before, we get it!
- Take child’s pose at any time: I see so many people fighting through yoga, body shaking, breakdown in form. Yes, yoga is challenging, but you also have the power to take child’s pose at any time. Child’s pose is when you drop to table top, then send your tailbone back toward your heels, bring your forehead to the mat, and extend your arms in front of you. It’s restorative, allows you to catch your breath, AND if you’re lucky, the teacher will come over and give you an adjustment. A little acknowledgement that you’re tuning into your body and meeting your needs. So take child’s pose! Even the most advanced yogi takes child pose out of sequence. It’s a great choice and gives you the stamina you need to finish class strong!
- Patience: Finally, bring patience! Chances are that if this is your first yoga class, you’re going to move your body into positions that you never have before. It’s going to feel weird and awkward, and you might fall. But keep trying, and over time the hard poses will get easier and feel natural in your body. If you find yourself getting frustrated, pause, take a big inhale and exhale, and then sync back up with the class. Just last week I felt like my balance was way out of whack and I was getting frustrated, so I sat, breathed, and joined back in. Commit to the practice, be patient with yourself, and enjoy the rewards.
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I hope this helped you feel more comfortable approaching your first yoga class! If you’re looking for a studio in the Twin Cities, and want to check out my classes :), I teach at Up Yoga. If you live elsewhere, drop me a note in the comments and I bet I can recommend a studio near you!
AND if you want tips and tricks on some basic yoga postures, follow me on Instagram. Every Thursday I poll the audience to see which pose they want me to breakdown, and I share on Fridays via stories. You can check out past tutorials in my highlights here.
Have an amazing week! Be well,