Joining a yoga class as a new student can be a daunting experience but with a little advance preparation it can be the start of a life changing journey
I love yoga and would recommend anyone to give it a try but I also understand that, for some, the first visit to a class can be intimidating.
I’ve attended many classes, both as a student and as an instructor, where I’ve observed new students’ first class nerves. Initially, attending a class can be daunting but as the unfamiliar becomes familiar and the student becomes more comfortable in the studio surroundings then yoga begins to work its magic.
Here are 7 top tips to ease you into a class and ensure a happy first yoga class experience!
- word of mouth If you can get a recommendation of a teacher/studio from a like minded friend this is an excellent place to start. You have a ready made connection to the instructor and studio.
- arrive early There will be a little bit of paperwork to complete and a few extra minutes will give you the chance to familiarize yourself – well, find the restroom and water fountain location, at least!
- choose beginner Not because I’m saying you’re no good at yoga before you’ve even started! A beginners class is always a good place to start (or level 1/intro class/new to yoga or however else a studio describes it). No matter how athletic, fit or flexible you may be, a beginners class will give you a better understanding of the poses and important alignment points at an easier to follow pace.
- chat to the instructor If at all possible, grab a moment to introduce yourself and chat about any concerns. Most instructors will approach you if but sometimes, with instructors arriving close to class start and large student numbers in popular classes, there is not always an opportunity.
- keep an open mind Different instructors teach yoga in different styles. One instructor might teach a slower class with lots of quiet, meditative time. Another teacher’s class might be faster paced with lots of repetition of poses and background music. Try to be open minded and if your first class isn’t the one for you give someone else a go.
- dress comfortably Wear the clothes that feel comfortable for you. Remember that some of the poses involve bending forward and twisting. If those low rise pants ride down when you fold forward don’t wear them. Or that top is sooo low neck that you’re constantly adjusting it just don’t go there. Think ease of movement and personal comfort. A t-shirt and stretchy leggings work just as well as the latest body forming fashion outfit
- sense of humor & a smile Arm yourself with a sense of humor and anything is possible 🙂