It’s best not to eat a heavy meal right before a session. You don’t want to feel too bloated or full when moving through the various poses. A light snack an hour or two before class is fine.
Plan to arrive a few minutes before class so you can get pick a spot to set up and ask any questions you might have.
If you’re new to yoga, it’s good to pick a spot in the middle or toward the back, where you can see the teacher and also glance around at others around you. Arriving early also gives you time to warm-up or prepare yourself mentally for the class.
Picking A Yoga Class
Do a bit of research and find a class with a description that aligns with your goals.
For example, if you prefer something more athletic and want to sweat, try hot yoga, or look for words like “power flow” and “strong” in the class description.
If you want to chill out, find a “restorative” or “gentle flow” class.
Ease Into It
Like learning to play the piano or preparing for a marathon, yoga takes time and dedication.
You don’t have to start out super flexible in order to do yoga.
Take it slowly and go easy on yourself; don’t judge yourself based on what someone is doing next to you.
In fact, you’ll find that with regular practice comes increased flexibility, both physically, mentally and spiritually.
Focus On Your Breathe
It is important to understand the critical role that the breath plays in yoga.
Instead of rushing into a pose or pushing yourself too hard, allow your breath to be your guide, and pace yourself so that you don’t find yourself short of breath.
Breathing is also a powerful tool for managing stress, and you’ll find that even just five minutes of breath awareness can recharge your mind.
It’s worth incorporating breathing awareness into your daily life, not just in the practice of yoga.