Everyone needs to take a moment in their day to relax. One of the best ways to calm your mind and stretch your body is yoga. For those who have never tried yoga, utilizing your balance (or lack thereof) and the phrase “downward dog” may sound intimidating but it doesn't have to be.
The key is finding a class or YouTube video that is the right fit: demonstrating proper form, following a schedule & surrounding yourself with beginners and better yet: experts. Here are some ways to get your foot on the mat:
How to Prepare:
The night before your first yoga class, go to bed early. If it’s an early morning class, you’ll want extra time to make adjustments to your new morning routine. Keep the meal before your yoga session small. Yoga on a full stomach may make you feel bloated and uncomfortable. Warm up just like you would for any other sport – this is a workout after all. Stay positive and quiet the doubts. To begin something you must first start.
What to wear/bring to class:
Yoga is most traditionally done in bare feet. If you insist, look into purchasing toe shoes instead of typical tennis shoes for flexibility. Next: Yoga pants. There’s a reason the elastic pant has dubbed this title. It’s important to find the right fit (long or mid-calf) so you’re not adjusting them throughout class. Tighter fitting tops will be more comfortable solely for the fact they won’t get in the way like a baggy t-shirt.
Be sure to remember your mat (the stickier the better), a full water bottle and towel for end of class.
Choosing your temperature:
If you’re really up for a challenge, take your beginners yoga to the next level: “hot yoga.” Room temperatures are boosted to 90-105 degrees Fahrenheit to encourage excess sweating, weight loss and increasing heart rate. If you choose hot yoga, it’s recommended to drink at least ten 8 ounce glasses of water per day, plus an extra 16 ounces before class.
Ways to push yourself:
The hardest part of starting something new is seeing it through until the end. If you find yourself struggling, keep a journal of commitments, motivational quotes and notes. Yoga can literally be done anywhere. For the days the gym is “too far” or “too crowded,” make a space at home or in your apartment gym and practice. Practice just as you would in class: for the same amount of time, same moves and motions. Breathing is just as important as perfecting the moves of yoga.
If all else fails, after your first round of class, ask questions. Remember, you can’t finish if you never begin!
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