Whatever your age or fitness level, yoga is a great way to take care of the health of the body, mind and soul.
But if you are new to yoga, it can be hard to know where to start. Do not feel intimidated…. here a few tips:
Look for a beginner/introduction/gentle class and a teacher that is certified and experienced. Ask around to get recommendations. You might ask us for a private class to begin with.
Come to class clean and wear comfortable clothing that can move with your body eg. yoga pants and a t shirt or comfortable track pants (not too baggy so they get in the way) and a tank top. Refrain from wearing perfume. Don’t wear socks, bare feet enable you not to slip and to have good contact with the ground. Leave your phone outside the room if possible (or turn it off). Bring a small towel if you are prone to sweating.
Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. Let your teacher know you are a beginner and if you have any injuries or physical limitations and also ask the teacher which props you might need to use. Props include blocks, blankets and straps which help to bring more stability and ease into your pose.Come in quietly and don’t step on anybody’s mat as you enter the room.
Remember there are many different styles of yoga and teachers, so try a few until you are comfortable.If you feel you are being judged or do not feel comfortable then it is not the right place for you to be. Yoga is non competitive so do not compare yourself to anyone else. You are a unique individual with your own physical strengths and limitations. Always listen to your body and don’t over extend yourself. If during class you need a break find childs pose and rest there until you are ready to re join the class.