What to Know Before Attending Your First Yoga Class
Going to your first yoga class? Congratulations for making a balanced decision for your body and mind. Yoga has many benefits and can be life changing when practiced regularly.
If you’re feeling a little apprehensive or not sure what to expect during this first class, below are some simple tips to help you feel more ready and excited about the beginning of your yoga journey.
Dress for Comfort and Flexibility
There are a lot of fancy yoga clothes brands out there, but you don’t need to wear anything impressive to yoga. What’s most important is wearing something you’re comfortable moving and stretching in. Think clothes that are breathable and light, like yoga pants and a fitness tank top.
Yoga is done barefoot too, so you won’t need to worry about shoes after stepping foot in the studio.
Eat and Drink Smart Before
You won’t want to eat any heavy food before yoga, as you’ll be stretching your stomach and spine and a full stomach can cause discomfort. A small snack about 30 minutes to an hour is fine, although if your classes are later in the day, make sure to have something earlier in the day so you don’t feel faint during the yoga exercise.
And don’t forget to stay hydrated! Bring a water bottle with you and have some sips from it before you start your practice. More intense yoga classes can make you sweat, so you’ll want to replenish that water loss.
Don’t Forget Your Mat
This one is pretty obvious, but it’s worth noting! The only important item you need to bring for yoga is a nice mat. Some studios will even provide mats if you don’t want to bring your own, but be sure to check beforehand if you don’t have one.
Other optional items are yoga blocks, straps, or towels. If an item is going to be used in the practice itself, those will likely to provided by the instructor.
No One Will Judge You
Some of us worry about what others will think or say about is, especially in a setting that involves moving our bodies. But yoga is not the same as a gym membership or competitive athletic event. It’s a judgement-free zone where everyone can come just as they are to their practice. We all come to learn, and the ego is left at the door.
Come With an Open Mind
Every class and teacher is different, so we can’t tell you exactly what to expect. But definitely go into your practice with the intention of getting something meaningful out of it.
Yoga is a spiritual experience that connects your mind and body, slowing you down and allowing you to meditate on life. Keep this in mind and know that the time will be more than worth it.
There’s no need to come to the practice knowing everything (or really anything) about yoga. Instead, bring an open mind ready to learn and experience whatever is offered. That’s the beauty of yoga.
Blue Karma Resort in Bali offers many different options for yoga classes at our Ubud and Seminyak locations. From more gentle classes to intensive yoga retreats, we have something for just about everyone and are excited to offer these opportunities to our visitors. You can find out more about our mind-body retreats here.