3 Things to Know Before Your First Yoga Class
It can be intimidating to try new things. Your first time in a new place or doing a new activity can come with a sense of uncertainty. Sometimes people don’t even give something a chance because of that feeling of unpredictability. But trying something new doesn’t have to be intimidating– especially if you know what to expect. So, let’s demystify what your first yoga class will look like, shall we?
1. The Instructor Won’t Judge You
The instructors at Your Yoga are fantastic, and they’re never going to judge you or your practice. It doesn’t matter if there are poses you can’t do at first or if you aren’t sure what to do when you first arrive at the studio. On your first visit, the instructor for the class will give you a brief tour of the studio and answer any questions you may have before the class starts. During the class, if you struggle with something, they’ll offer assistance or suggest a modification to the pose so that you can get the full benefit of it.
Pro Tip: Your instructor will likely ask at the beginning of class how everyone is feeling and if anyone has any injuries they’re dealing with. Don’t be afraid to answer honestly! If you feel shy and don’t want to discuss an injury in front of the entire class, just show up a few minutes early so you can tell the instructor before class starts. That way, they’ll know ahead of time what to look out for and what poses they may need to help you modify. No pain; no pain.
2. Nobody in the Class Will Judge You
Not only will the instructors be accepting and non-judgmental, but so will the others in your yoga class. Yoga is a journey, and requires practice. If you find yourself feeling insecure because someone else in the class can do a pose that you can’t at first, remember that everybody has to start somewhere. The person next to you who goes into headstand with what seems like very little effort didn’t start out that way. There are some poses that take time to learn. In a yoga class, doing all the poses isn’t the ultimate goal; the goal is to challenge yourself to do your best so that you can build up the strength, flexibility, and muscle control to do the poses when your body is ready.
Pro Tip: Push yourself to do your best, but don’t force your body into anything that causes pain. Your expression of a pose might be different from someone else’s, and that’s okay. The more often you come to your edge with a pose, the easier it will become and the stronger you’ll be- best of all, you’re less likely to accidentally hurt yourself that way.
3. You Don’t Need to Know Any Terminology Beforehand
At first, it might be intimidating if you feel like you’re the only one who doesn’t know the names of poses or which prop is which. Your instructor will walk you through each of the poses, and will often demonstrate if one is slightly more complex or requires several motions. If you do something incorrectly, they may offer an adjustment (especially if it’s to help ensure you aren’t doing something that could inadvertently result in injury), but it’s never to call you out or make you feel embarrassed.
When your instructor references props, they’re referring to the objects in the picture below.
From top to bottom: a block (the small, purple cube), a blanket (this one is probably pretty self-explanatory), and a bolster (the large, green pillow-looking object). These are commonly used to achieve poses or to make them more comfortable, and everyone is welcome to use them. There are no additional costs for borrowing the studio’s equipment. For a yin class, you’ll likely need a bolster and a blanket. With a hatha or hatha flow class, you may need a block and a blanket. Sometimes, for any type of class, you may need all three, so it doesn’t hurt to grab one of each at the start of class. These are provided at the studio, so you don’t need to buy your own unless you decide to use them for your at-home practice. There are also yoga mats at the studio that you’re welcome to use.
Still Have Questions?
What other questions do you have about what to expect during your first yoga class at Your Yoga? Feel free to leave a comment below, stop by, or give the studio a call at 502.389.0949.