So, if you’re a yoga beginner, you might be wondering what to prepare for your first yoga class. Do I need to bring props, yoga mat, and whether to be at the front or the back of the class – the questions can sometimes be overwhelming – at which sometimes can deter you from going to your first yoga class altogether!
Before I start sharing my tips, I wanna share my first yoga class experience too as we go along, so perhaps you guys can learn one or two things.
The first yoga class that I went to was at my office. My office offers paid yoga class and I thought, well, why not. One of the things that I didn’t do was to do research on my instructor. Ehem.
Do research on your instructor.
I learned that my instructor’s way of conducting yoga isn’t really my style. I wanted a more beginner-friendly, spiritual and pretty relaxing yoga class – since it’s being conducted after working hours. And… the class wasn’t like that at all. I ended up going for another class outside & started an at home yoga class online. And I loved it! So, I would really really recommend for you to read a little bit on the instructor. If there’s no review around, find someone who’s been to the class and ask their opinions. It never hurt to ask 🙂
Also, do research on the class itself.
Knowing what kind of yoga class you’re going for the first time is crucial. You don’t wanna be prepared for a Restorative yoga and ended up in a hot yoga class. Read my post here on the different types of yoga to prepare yourself.
Anyway, on my first yoga class, I arrived late.
Do arrive early.
This is just so that you can take in the surrounding area, you can properly put your things aside, and do take a spot at the front of the class. I’d recommend you to do so. Sometimes people would think that being in the middle or back would be better so that you can peak at other people. But I think the best way for you to get feedback is when you’re right in the face of the instructor.
Sure, you can peak at other people when you’re clueless, but how sure are you that they perfectly know what they are doing… they might just be on the same boat as you…
If you arrive late, like I did, not only you’d miss the starting point of the flow (which is important, to set your focus), you’d also be disturbing the flow of the class and would end up at the back of the class. Which again, I wouldn’t recommend you to be at on your first yoga class.
My first yoga class wasn’t perfect, but it actually taught me a lot of things and prepared me for the upcoming classes and practices that I do up until now.
What To Expect
- They chant, sometimes
- Sometimes, depending on the class and instructor, they might chant. And sometimes it can be awkward for you if you have zero clue on what they are saying/chanting. On your first yoga class, it’d be perfectly normal not knowing what people are chanting on, but please know that it’s totally okay for you not to participate.
- If you think you can follow and wanna participate, by all means.
- If you think Nah, then you can simply keep quiet and just absorb the energy in the room 😉
- The instructor might touch you (not in a creepy way)
- Yes, sometimes when the instructor wants to fix your pose, they might touch your body a little.
- Usually, it’s okay and they know where not to touch.
- But if you feel like it’s a little overboard (you will know), then speak your mind and just say that you’re not comfortable.
- You don’t need to memorize all the Sanskrit names
- Yes, you don’t need to. Normally, the instructor will use a more known name like downward facing dog, cow and cat pose etc.
- Even if you don’t know how a certain pose looks like, you can always listen to the instructor’s direction.
- When you’ve practiced enough, you can easily flow onto different poses with your gaze low or eyes closed just by listening to the instructor 😉 You’ll get there!
What To Wear On Your First Yoga Class
- Free your fingers!
- You don’t need to wear socks and gloves. Bare them all! Just feel the earth underneath your palms & feet.
- Unless you have severe wrist pain, you can opt for gloves. But only if you have this pain.
- An outfit that makes you feel good
- Pants & tops that are comfortable, that you can easily move around with.
- You can have loose top as well, but don’t forget to tuck it in a little when you start your practice, as it might interfere with your poses.
- Try not to wear any sheer pants! Or else the person behind you might just be lucky enough to guess the color of your underwear :p
- I also like to wear leggings that are high-waisted. My personal preference 🙂 Try it, you might just like them too.
- For guys, you can wear leggings if you want to, but I think it’d be more comfortable to wear long loose pants or normal track shorts.
Prepare Your Tummy!
- Eat 3 to 4 hours before your yoga class
- If you eat too near to the class, you might end up puking 🙁 – writing this from personal experience. Ehem
- My best bet is to eat 4 hours before and have one banana half an hour before the class start. Just to give a bit of energy.
Yoga Tools & Props – Yes or No?
- Not on your first yoga class
- If you’re going to a beginner friendly class for the first time, chances are you won’t be needing many tools and props.
- But even if they plan to use any, the studio should have some that you can just use or rent from.
- There’s no need for you to purchase any of them when you first start your yoga class.
- In cases where the instructor does use tools and props and there’s none for you to rent from, ask the instructor is there any alternative pose or things that you can use to be able to activate the same muscle.
- I.e: instead of sitting on a block, you might be able to sit on a folded blanket.
THE BEST TIP: Breathe & Have Fun!
I’m sure these tips will be sufficient to prepare you for your first yoga class. You’ll shine and you’ll bloom beautifully – I’m sure of it. You just need to trust it 😉
Whatever it is yogis, just remember to breathe, release any kind of tension that you have before going to the class, and trust. Trust the class, trust the instructor, trust that you will shine, and trust that you are enough, just the way you are now.
Before I end this blog, just a reminder that you can always tell the teacher if there’s any discomfort going on – or most importantly, pain. Ask on which muscles that you are supposed to activate and if there’s any pinching pain, stop & tell the instructor. You know your body better than anyone else, remember that.
If you’ve been to your first yoga class, how was it? How did you feel before & after? Would love to read your experiences in the comment section below 🙂