Go to a yoga class.

Enlivened to attempt your first yoga class however have no clue what’s in store? Get tips on the best way to approach your five star in this passage from Kimberly Fowler’s yoga for learners book The No OM Zone: A No-Chanting, No-Granola, No-Sanskrit Practical Guide to Yoga. Discover what to wear, when to arrive, fundamental stances you should know, and then some.


I always get messages from individuals asking me, “Kimberly, what do I wear to a yoga class?” Practically, it will rely upon what sort of class you are going to. On the off chance that you are going to a power yoga class or a Bikram (hot) yoga class, you will sweat, so you would need to wear garments that wick away sweat (like what you would wear to go running).

Loose T-shirts are fine for folks, yet ladies should wear a tight-fitting best with the goal that when you are in an inversion (like Downward Dog), your best doesn’t descend over your head. I regularly observe ladies attempting to pull their tops up in Shoulder Stand since they don’t need their stomachs demonstrating — this can be unsafe.

Wear quick-dry capri or full-length fitted jeans; this will enable your educator to check your arrangement.


In the event that you are new to yoga and haven’t purchased a tangle yet, call ahead and inquire as to whether the yoga studio or rec center has a tangle for you to acquire or lease for the day. I recommend purchasing your own tangle after you have attempted a couple of yoga classes. Yoga mats come in a wide range of hues and materials, from characteristic elastic to manufactured, and diverse levels of thickness. Utilize a wipe to wash your mat with cleanser and water, and let it air-dry.

Most studios provide basic props, for example, pieces, which are utilized to help with arrangement, and lashes, which can encourage in the event that you are new to yoga. You additionally need to bring some water and a towel.


Arrive early: Arrive no less than ten minutes previously your first yoga class to get a spot where you feel generally good. In the event that you are setting off to a class that is famous (as a result of the instructor or the season of day), attempt to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early. I have understudies who go to my end of the week class a half-hour ahead of schedule to get their spot; they bring the daily paper and read it before class begins.

After you arrive: Take off your shoes and socks before you stroll into the room; at times studios have cubbies for your shoes, ideal inside the yoga room. On the off chance that you don’t know, ask the front work area or simply watch what every other person is doing. I propose finding a place in the back by the entryway — you will have the capacity to see and take after the general population before you. Regardless of whether you acquire a tangle from the studio or bring your own, ensure you unroll it confronting the educator. I had an understudy once who came in, put her tangle by mine, and confronted alternate understudies in the class. In the event that you see that everybody is confronting you, you should need to pivot!

Communicate: Before class begins, acquaint yourself with the educator. Tell the educator whether you have any wounds, particularly a current one, so he or she can give you adjustments.

Breathe: It’s normal for new understudies to hold their breath amid yoga postures they discover challenging. Breathing profoundly can enable you to unwind. First and foremost, don’t stress over coordinating the educator’s breathing directions precisely; simply don’t hold your breath.

Practice your fundamental stances at home: Students at my studios always practice at home. I have a ton of type An identities, and they need to truly “nail the stance.” If you hone some of the basic postures at home, for example, Downward Dog, Upward Dog, Warrior 1 and Warrior 2, which are a piece of any tenderfoot yoga class, you will feel more good when you do come to class.

Try not to leave amidst Corpse pose: Most yoga classes end with Corpse posture, additionally called Savasana (pronounced sha-VASS-ahnah). With this posture, you lie level on your back, close your eyes, and unwind. You never need to leave a class when they are in Corpse posture. In the event that you need to leave, do it some time recently.

Namaste: Don’t be frightened away when your teacher bows her head as though in supplication, catches her hands together before her heart and says, “Namaste” (pronounced nah-mas-TAY). You’ll see the class says it back too. This Sanskrit word signifies “I respect you” and is regularly said toward the finish of class.

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