A beginner yoga class can be hard to find. As we continue to grow The Studio Yoga, we’re finding more and more people are asking,
“I’ve never done yoga before, and I’m nervous about getting started… What do I need to know before I begin yoga?”
There’s only three things you need to get started, and it’s the last one that’s the most important… But it’s always helpful to know what’s going to be required of you on your first class.
Let’s start with the easiest one first.
1. For beginner yoga, you only have to bring 2 things to class –
- Comfortable clothing.
You don’t need the latest lulu-whatever stretchy pants…
You don’t need a $200, made from the “most ecologically sound materials, blessed-by-a-tibetan-monk” yoga mat…
You don’t need the body of a 19-year old professional gymnast with perfect joints and ligaments made of rubber…
If you want the yoga pants, that is totally cool and totally up to you. But if that stuff is getting in the way of getting started, try and remember:
So worry less about what to bring, and just bring you… We have mats and stuff for you here if you need it, and we can recommend equipment and clothing later on if you’re interested.
2. Bring your “Change” with you
Not the nickels, dimes, and quarters -type change. We mean that we understand that you’re looking into yoga because you want to change or improve some part of your life.
That’s great! We teach several beginner yoga classes because we want to help you get that change. Yoga is a great way of bringing positive stuff into your life.
It doesn’t usually happen immediately, though…
Honestly, if those 6-Minute Ab thingies actually worked we’d
all have them still have to invest the 6 minutes a day. You have to choose to make a change and then keep choosing that change.
Keep practicing, and you’ll automatically be better off. You’ll start to notice a difference, and you’ll start to feel better.
That’s how every good thing you have to earn happens. 🙂
Now that we have the easy stuff out of the way, we can talk about the 3rd thing you need.
This is the only other thing you need to get started with yoga, and it can be the most difficult unless you know why.
3. Leave your expectations at the door… Except one.
This is kind of like that line in The Godfather; “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”
Meaning, if you leave your expectations at the door, you have a lot more room for the good stuff.
So, for example – if you’re hoping to reach the floor on your first forward fold ( if you can’t already do that now) you’re going to be disappointed.
If you see this pose –
But you move like this…
… That’s an expectation that sets people up for failure. 🙁
One of the greatest benefits of yoga is how it teaches you to accept things as they are. Not settle, mind you; just becoming aware of where your starting point is.
This is an invaluable thing to have in your life, because once you can accept “that’s how it is right now…” you can get to what’s possible.
Because another great benefit is that a good beginner yoga program teaches you how to progress once you know what your limitations are.
Everybody’s unique in their ability, but we all have a few things in common:
We’re meant to grow.
We’re meant to challenge.
We’re meant to understand.
We are – all of us – also meant to love and move and play and work and relax and connect… And a beginner yoga practice is a great way to do all of those things.
With that in mind, you just have to bring this one expectation with you to class when you begin…
If you keep coming back to yoga, you will benefit from it.
The exhaustion you feel after an intense workout is great… But the moment you’re lying on the mat at the end of your yoga class and you feel like you’re floating? Nothing compares to that.
That time when you’re so involved in the flow of poses and breathing that you’re not thinking about anything else? Heaven.
That moment outside of class when – instead of rushing around trying to get to the next thing – you stop and just take a deep breath and feel relaxed? That’s bliss.
People who have a true yoga practice that makes them feel better have those things.
And you can get there, too. 🙂
That’s all you need for a first yoga class!
Bring you, a desire to change, and expect that things will improve over time. We really do take care of the rest… And our instructors are great at helping you grow a yoga practice that makes you feel good.
If you feel like it would be best for you to start at the beginning, we have an incredible Yoga 101 program you can start with. We get you into the poses safely, teach you proper breathing techniques that help you relax, and teach you about the many benefits of yoga.
You can sign up for our next beginner Yoga 101 series by clicking here.
If you’re already familiar with yoga and ready for more, you can visit our class schedule to find a class time that’s right for you.
Also, if you want to see some pictures of the basic poses that will be covered in a beginner yoga class, Health.com has a great photoshoot with some basics on each. 🙂