So, you’re thinking about taking your first yoga class? Congratulations! You’re about to embark on a journey of self-discovery, relaxation, and physical well-being…. and so much more. But before you head off to the studio, here are a few things that you should expect from your first yoga experience. If you are a complete beginner, be sure to pick a class that suits you where you are at today. While all our classes offer modifications, take small steps and grow from there! A seed needs time to grow afterall.
Please make sure that you arrive to the studio at least 15 minutes before the start of class as late comers are not permitted. We have a dedicated space to hang up your coats and bags and a limited amount of locker storage. Its always best if valuables stay at home. No bags, shoes, coats or cell-phones are permitted in the yoga studio. We need to start with a clean, clear and relaxing state to begin our class. Your teacher will make sure to introduce themselves and make your experience as welcoming as possible!
First and foremost, don’t worry if you have no idea what you are doing, (or feel really awkward not wearing socks or shoes!)—most people feel the same way when they start out. The best thing you can do is to go into your first class with an open mind and be ready to learn and experience something new! Expect to move slowly at first, follow the cues of your breath and take breaks as needed; there is no need to rush through all the poses or push yourself past your limit, yoga is about finding balance, and ultimately you are your own guide. You can always pause in child’s pose, or take that extra chaturanga. Our yoga studio is a safe place to explore your edge, or just chill out if that’s what you need!
Another important thing to remember is that yoga isn’t just about the physical poses, although we focus a lot on posture and the physical body—it’s also a practice of mental awareness, breath work and concentration. There are 8 main ‘limbs’ (aspects or branches) of the practice, and asana (physical postures) is just one! As such, it’s important to stay focused on your breath throughout your practice as it serves as your ultimate guide. Don’t worry if your mind starts wandering initially; this is normal and part of the process. Just bring your attention back to the present moment by using your breath as a point of focus whenever it drifts away.
Finally, focus on your form and feel the sensation of every move and how the body responds rather than focusing on how fast you can get through each asana (pose). While it might feel like everyone else in the class knows exactly what they are doing, chances are most of them started where you are now and have simply been practicing for much longer. So take it slow and focus on learning and feeling each pose before moving onto the next one.
Your first yoga class is sure to be filled with lots of learning moments both mentally and physically! And regardless of how much progress you make in terms of mastering poses or improving flexibility, remember that yoga is ultimately a journey—not a destination—and every step along the way matters just as much as any final pose or achievement in flexibility or strength. Enjoy the moment! Namaste!