Starting something new is a mix of exciting and terrifying all at the same time and when it comes to starting yoga, you may be feeling more than a little apprehensive of what’s ahead of you. The good news, though, is that every single person in the same studio you are in has been in your shoes before. They’ve felt nervous and worried, self-conscious and like they can’t do it.
Here’s the thing: they can, they did and now you can, too. Going to yoga is going to offer you a way to improve your health and have a giggle with your friends. You’ll get to get fit, have fun and really give you a focus at least once a week – and you can do it in grip socks so that you don’t fall over! So, with that in mind, what hacks do you need to make your first yoga experience a good one? Check out our five hacks below:
Bring The Right Stuff
We mentioned the grip socks to help you to stay balanced, but you don’t need to bring much more than that. They should supply you with a mat to work on, and you’ll just need your bottle of water! Some yoga classes can get very hot and you will sweat, so bring something to hydrate you.
Wear The Right Clothes
Okay, so you’ve got your grip socks handy to make sure that you’re not slipping everywhere, but what else do you need? Well, you need to be able to move freely and that means that as long as you are comfortable, you’re good to wear what you like. It’s a good idea to leave the bracelets at home, though, as well as any clothes that have ties or ribbons hanging down. You want this to be an easy class without having to hold your clothes back.
Remember To Breathe
We don’t mean to breathe in the yoga sense but in general. You have no idea how much you hold your breath while you are working out until you are working out. So, learn to breathe and remember to take a deep breath every once in a while. It’s a good way to ensure that you don’t keel over and faint, as well as being part of the practice of yoga, too.
Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy
There will be bendy, stretchy men and women all over the studio who are stretching and learning with you. Don’t compare your newly-yoga’d body and ability to theirs. You cannot be a daisy and then complain that you didn’t bloom as fast as the rose: it’s not the way to go. This is a skill you will learn and train your body into, and you should learn to love the body you’re doing it in.
Don’t Be Too Serious
Yoga is supposed to help your body, but it’s also supposed to be fun. It’s a great way to build your physique and make new friends with common interests. The best hack for yoga you need is to not take it too seriously.