Ready to start a yoga practice? It doesn't start with touching your toes...
Updated: Jul 2, 2020
So you're ready to start a yoga practice, but, as a beginner, you maybe feeling a bit hesitant. You may not be very flexible, you may not know what to wear or what to bring. Here are a few tips to help you feel more confident in your first yoga class!
Ask questions! Yoga Story loves helping our clients find the right class for their physical level, current knowledge of yoga and your goals.
Give yourself grace. You don't need to do every pose or know all the lingo as a beginner. Being consistent with your practice and those things will come.
Every pose is different for every body whether you are a beginner or have practiced for many years. This means there are different ways to modify a pose that will make it safer for you to perform and at the right level of challenge for your body.
Wear clothing that are more form fitting so that shirts don't lift up around your ears in poses like Down Dog. Wear more fitted pants or bicycle style shorts under looser shorts.
Bring water in a closed container and a mat. Many studio will rent you a mat. Avoid big, cushy mats that are usually used for mat exercises. You'll slide in standing poses. If you need more cushion for your knees or hands, bring 1-2 small towels.
Use the props! Blocks and straps are there to help you get into poses with better alignment, safely and a bit deeper than you could on your own.
If you have more questions or would like to cover poses in more depth, request a private session with an instructor to get all your questions answered!
Finally, come with an attitude to do what you can, with where you are and that will always be enough!
Watch our FREE yoga101 video with Lynn Hancock, studio owner, as she reviews these tips, specific standing and stretching poses with their modifications. Complete this free online class and receive $5 off an in studio Yoga101 class or $5 off our $30 for 30 days in studio intro offer!