Research the class before you attend
When you’re new to an activity, and it involves moving your body, you want to make sure you’re in an experienced and safe space. You want to know that the people who are advising you know their stuff and have the correct qualifications too.
Make sure that before you pay out for a class or teacher, that you do thorough research! How are their reviews across multiple platforms? Have you spoken to anyone who attends?
It’s worth making sure they have good word of mouth, as well as qualifications.
Make sure you’re dressed comfortably
It’s really important to make sure that you’re dressed suitably for your yoga class. Of course, you need to make sure you’re in suitable, yoga attire, but also that you are comfortable. Making sure that you’re comfortable is important. Yoga is a place to relax and move your body in a joyful way, and if you’re irritated by seams, labels, or tight clothes you’re not going to be able to switch off and enjoy yourself.
Don’t compare yourself!
You cannot walk into a new activity and be an expert. No one starts that way. So, make sure to try and remember this when you’re a new starter in your yoga class. You are not there to compete with anyone. They are not there to compete with you. You are all there to enjoy this peaceful and fun practise.
If you start by comparing yourself to people who have been practising for longer, you’ll constantly find yourself disappointed, which will steal the enjoyment and peace that yoga is meant to teach you.
Always have a drink ready
It’s easy to assume that because yoga is a gentler form of movement that you won’t need a drink, and whilst drinking during the class isn’t usually suggested, it’s vital you hydrate before and after your class. Yoga is more demanding on your body than you sometimes realise, and hydration is crucial.
Again, you can’t walk into something new and be an expert. You need to accept that yoga is not about perfectionism. You can’t be perfect, and yoga should be about that being okay. Yoga will teach you calm, but when you first start to practise, you’re probably going to have to work on accepting your limits and forgetting any ideas you have about being perfect at it.
Modify if you need to
This is another part of acceptance. Make sure that if a move is to advanced or painful, that you modify. There is absolutely zero shame in needing to modify to your level of capabilities. It’s about being where you are and working within your limits, NOT about pushing yourself too far.
Breathing is at the core of everything you’ll do
If you’re going to start yoga movement, you must learn yoga breathwork. The breathwork part of yoga is the core of yoga.
The breathing for yoga is very specific to helping you move through the physical parts of the training, but also for helping you move through the mental challenges of yoga (and life for that matter).
Finally, ASK FOR HELP
The biggest tip I can give anyone starting any new activity is to ask for help if you need it! You shouldn’t be scared to ever ask for help. Everyone was once a beginner, and your yoga teacher, or people online will be more than happy to help! Do not struggle in silence when there is a world of people waiting to help.