For you to improve how you start in yoga, you must understand some basic do’s and don’ts when it comes to yoga. Here are a few do’s and don’ts that will ensure your first yoga class goes smoothly.
Find out if a studio offers yoga mats
As a beginner, you should call in and find out whether the studio you will go to for your first yoga session provides a yoga mat or not. This is essential because not all studios offer you yoga mats. So you are required to bring yours. Knowing this information in advance is better instead of missing a class because you don’t have a yoga mat.
Arrive early in the class
As a beginner, it is important for you to arrive at a yoga class 10-15 minutes early. This is because you are a new student and you need some time to familiarize yourself with the class. Arriving early also gives you time to choose a spot, lay down your mat, and maybe do some stretches before the class starts. Basically, it gives you time to settle down. That said, arriving in class early is something that you will need to do from your first class onwards.
Let the instructor know that you are new
As a newbie, your first yoga class can be more beneficial to you if you inform the instructor that you are a new student. Why? This is because instructors tend to offer you more support when they know you are new. Most often than not, they will concentrate mostly on you and that will come with some extra help that will make your first class better than it could be if you hadn’t said a thing.
In case you have a condition or an injury let your teacher know
Doing yoga while you have an injury can be dangerous to your health. For instance, it can cause more pain to your injury and it can worsen your injury. Thus, as a beginner, you should inform the instructor if you have an injury. That way, they will be able to advice you on what to do and what not to do during a yoga class.
Never ignore savasana
Savasana is usually the last step of a yoga class where you take time to relax your body and mind. As a yogi, you should never ignore savasana. This is because relaxation is an important part of yoga, which brings balance to your body. Furthermore, you can distract the class if you walk out during savasana.
Don’t push yourself too hard
There is no denying how beneficial yoga is when you do it right. However, you should never push yourself too hard by trying to do poses you can’t. This is because you might end up injuring yourself, which will definitely not help you attain the benefits you are looking for. What you should do is practice poses the best way you can, without you straining yourself. Then you can learn to perfect them as you go on.
Don’t drink water 30 minutes after yoga
When you do yoga, you usually build up some fire in you are known as ushna. When you drink water immediately or anywhere, in the first 30 minutes after a yoga session, you normally cool yourself and bring the ushna down; that process normally comes with side effects. Some of these side effects include a build-up of excess mucus, allergies and colds. That is why you should avoid drinking water 30 minutes after a yoga workout.
Don’t do vigorous jobs after yoga
Yoga is usually a relaxing type of exercise. It is meant to relax your body and your mind so when you do vigorous jobs after a yoga class, you usually beat the purpose of a yoga class. In addition, it is a step backward when you do yoga. You should instead focus on relaxing your body after a yoga class.
You are now ready to start yoga. The chapter below is going to take you through some of the basic yoga poses that you may do in your class or that you can do in the comfort of your home.