In recent years, yoga and the resulting physical practices have gained increasing popularity and more and more supporters. Because it is fashionable, many people visit their first yoga class without knowing exactly what is going to happen there, or with specific expectations, often inconsistent with reality.
To save unpleasant surprises and feelings or possible disappointment from your first yoga session, take a few moments to read a few tips to enjoy the experience and get the most out of your class.
1. Choose the type of activity you would like
In studios offering yoga or stretching classes, there are varied activities that differ in their level of advancement and intensity. Learn about the different practices and choose the right one for you.
2. Select your yoga center and get the maximum amount of information about it
Consider what kinds of activities are available and what yoga styles are being taught, inform yourself about what physical practices are and what is appropriate for you. Under the concept of yoga, there are extremely many and different practices in their nature, which can be from extremely intensive physically loaded to those during which virtually no movement exists.
3. Be aware of the instructor who leads your chosen practice
In practicing any physical activity, it is of the utmost importance to trust the person who guides you in the new adventure. Understand what style he teaches, how deep his knowledge is in the field of yoga practice, anatomy, and physiology.
4. Depending on the type of practice you choose, inform yourself if you need to bring with you certain items or equipment
Most studios provide their visitors with bedding, but if you have one, you can pick it up. The personal towel is also a good idea.
In certain activities, drinking water during the practice is advisable, but in most yoga practices it is best to avoid it.
Instead, it is good to drink some water before and after the practice.
6. Go to the studio at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time off work to make sure you have enough time to change and take your place
If you're late, be as quiet as you get in, take a seat so you do not disturb those who were there in time. Also, do not leave the job earlier, make sure you have enough time to make the most of the practice.
7. It is not advisable to consume heavy food for the last 3-4 hours, and it is best not to consume any food hour before the exercis
This would make your practice more difficult. Remember that digestion is an energy-intensive process and would make you lethargic during any physical activity.
8. Share with the instructor
Tell the instructor if you have health problems or specific conditions that could have an effect on your practice, but remember that no matter how deep your knowledge of yoga, sports or anatomy is, it is not a medical person and can not advise you on your condition but only advise you how to safely perform the exercises or eventually modify them. If you have a diagnosed illness before consulting a yoga class, consult your doctor or trusted specialist therapist who is competent in the specifics of the physical practice.
9. Take the time you plan
To spend in the hall to be the only one for you by leaving all the means of communication in the locked-out cabinet. This, in addition to ensuring your relaxed practice, shows respect to others in the room.
10. Do not despair if you fail to repeat everything shown and do not compare with other participants.
Apart from the fact that they may have a lot more practice behind you, their individual anatomical features may allow them to move, which for you are at this moment outrageous.
Instead, focus on yourself and follow strictly the instructions given to you. What the instructor shows as a complete posture is the result of years of purposeful practice, so leave your ego out of the hall and focus on the proper implementation of the simpler exercises.
11. Determine the level of time you are attending and perform what the instructor shows
If you are in an advanced class and one of your poses is difficult, ask for an easier modification if it is not shown. However, if you are in the classroom for beginners, stick to the instructions and do not resort to more sophisticated exercises, as this would confuse those who first attend.
If you have questions about exercises, also wait for the end of the job to set them. This is the most practical time to consolidate the form and way of performing a particular posture or exercise that will be shown and discussed outside the protocol of the occupation.
12. Note that most yoga and stretching exercises are performed without shoes.
For complete comfort and better grip with the mat, it is also best to remove the socks. If you use a bedding provided to you by the organizers of the activity, do not forget to fold it carefully afterward and place it in the place where you took it.
13. Last but not least.
Remember that stretching exercises and yoga practices are used as a physical exercise for healthy people as well as for the rehabilitation of a number of conditions and illnesses. Incorrectly executed, however, the same postures that would relieve a disease can cause it.
Always follow the instructions of a qualified person and avoid experimenting at home with poses and exercises in whose technique you are not convinced that you are in control.