It can be easy to feel out of your depth as a total beginner to yoga. With so many different types of yoga to choose from, so many different poses to master, and so much new knowledge to soak up, it can easy to feel as though you are not getting it right initially. It is first and foremost important to remember that all yoga students and all yoga teachers all started their journey at the very first step – which might be exactly where you are right now!
Yogi, Julie Montagu, shares her top tips for those who are brand new to the yoga scene! This advice could also be helpful to you if you are still trying to find the final push to begin your yoga journey, or if you have dipped your toes into the yoga world in the past but couldn’t quite get into the flow if it.
If you’ve been spending too much time on Instagram then you could be forgiven for thinking that you need to wear designer clothing to do yoga! The simple truth is that as long as you are wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, then you are ready to get on the mat. Your body must be able to breathe and move easily as you practice yoga, and you certainly do not need to spend a fortune to find suitable clothing.
Get To The Front
When you are taking your first yoga class you may be tempted to shy away at the back. However, choosing a mat right at the front of the class will help you to better see the teacher so that you get a clear demonstration of each pose. Positioning yourself at the front of the class will also help the teacher to see how you are getting on, and to offer guidance for modifications where necessary.
It can be easy to feel as though you are going to be watched or judged by the other students in the class if you are right at the front, but the truth is that everyone else will be busy concentrating on themselves. Mastering, maintaining and progressing deeper into yoga poses requires your undivided attention, and it’s unlikely that other students are going to sacrifice their own practice just to see what you’re up to!
Pick The Right Class
You may soon discover that just because a class is advertised as being for beginners, that this does not always mean that the class is going to be easy. Some beginners classes can actually be quite challenging, and this all depends on the teaching style of the yogi leading the session. If you feel like the class that you have chosen is too difficult for you, then you may benefit from choosing a more gentle class.
One thing that you should always be able to count on with a beginners class, is that your teacher will carefully demonstrate each pose, and correct your alignment as you go.