Did you always want to join a yoga class but were assailed with questions and doubts? We at FabFit know the confusion of first-timers. So to put your mind at ease, here’s a rundown of things you could expect while joining a studio.
Find your Studio
You might have seen and surveyed several yoga studios in your area, some of which might have appeared to you. But once the short-listing is done, how does one select the best studio that would cater to your preferences. Some of the factors you need to look into are:
- Type of yoga being offered and if it suits your goal.
- Proximity to your workplace or home. You will not want to miss your sessions.
- The age-group or demographic that the studio caters to.
Choose your Class & Mat
Select the class that is appropriate for you. It is best if you consult experts from the studio regarding the benefits and details of each class. Classes may vary according to the difficulty level of the workout or form of yoga practiced. Aqua, power yoga, flow yoga, transformational yoga, ashtanga and hath yoga among others.
You must also invest in a good yoga mat that has adequate cushion and does not flatten out with time. Even as many studios have a provision of the mats, it is recommended to buy your own mat for sanitary purposes. There are budget-friendly mats you can purchase if you are a beginner.
Wear Appropriate Clothes
You need to wear the right clothing and comfortable activewear. You must wear clothes that do not restrict your movement, are stretchable and not too loose. Ones that are not well fitted make asanas uncomfortable due to constant variation in body postures. One would not want to worry about a plunging neckline or a a baggy t-shirt getting pulled up due to the change in posture. Wearing well-fitting clothes is crucial.
Arrive to Class Early
It is advisable to get to class about ten minutes early so you have time to prepare your mind. This will also help you avoid the rush and stress caused by being late. Additionally, you will get to choose your spot in the studio. After all, who wants to miss the spot right in front of the looking glass, isn’t it?
Eat Healthy before Class
It is not recommended to do yoga on a full or even on an empty stomach. Before heading to the class, munch on nuts, banana, yogurt or apple with peanut butter. Eating something healthy will help you maximize the benefits of the yoga and prevent energy drain during the workout. If you choose to have a wholesome meal before the class, ensure a two-hour gap between you real and the yoga session.
There are certain common practices observed during a yoga class. Being familiar with them before hand can make you feel at ease in your initial few sessions. Here is a list of words you will need to be aware of:
- Chanting – to unite the energy and respect the sacredness of the routine, classes observe the chanting of the word “Om”.
- Child’s Pose – also known as the resting pose, this is the most accepted posture when taking a break from the routine.
- Namaste – greeting each other with Namaste is also a tradition for all the teachers and students of the yoga classes. It translates to “I bow to the Divine in you.”
- Savasana – this is considered as the end resting pose for every routine or class. Also called the “corpse pose”, it represents the natural finale of the routine.
After your first few you will notice significant changes in your inner self as well as your physical fitness. While flexibility and strength might take some time, you will feel more calm, in control and will have better sleep cycles. Relish all your accomplishments as you go out of your comfort zone.
To locate a nearby yoga centre or fitness centre offering different forms of yoga, you can get in touch with us at 011-39595984