Your first yoga class

Your first yoga class

 Important tips before your first yoga class When you're new to yoga, you'll likely have a lot of questions about what you'll get into, including what clothes you'll wear, what you'll bring to class, and how to prepare yourself. Knowing what's expected and what works early on will help you feel more comfortable during your first semester. Here's what you need to know before your first yoga classe.

Your first yoga class

However, if you don't have a yoga studio near you, if study times don't match your schedule, or if going to the studio otherwise prevents you from starting, video-based lessons are a perfectly acceptable solution. The main thing to remember is to look for videos created by trusted yoga instructors and geared towards beginners. You want the instructions to be clear, systematic, and safe, with plenty of verbal cues for making adjustments. Online streaming services provide high-quality options if you decide to use video content instead of personal instructions.

what to wear Although it may seem that you need to wear designer yoga clothes before heading to class, this is far from the truth. For your first few classes, wear the things you already have, and keep things as simple as possible. Here are some tips: Shoes: Yoga is often practiced barefoot. You will occasionally see people wearing some type of socks or shoes, but this is often due to an injury or a medical condition. If you feel totally uncomfortable taking your shoes off in front of strangers, compromise by wearing yoga socks. These socks have non-slip grips on the bottom which prevent your feet from slipping

Pants: There are many different styles of yoga pants, but you don't have to run out and buy a special pair before your first session.  You can use Any comfortable sports pants or shorts, just be sure to avoid pants that don't stretch, like jeans. After a few seasons, you may decide that you need pants that are shorter, longer, or have a higher waist that doesn't fall out every time you stretch. This is the time to go shopping. You can stick to big box stores, both of which have sportswear lines, or you can search for specialty retailers that are specifically for the yoga market.

Tops: This fitted little shirt works best for yoga. Oversized shirts or even baggy shirts aren't great because they'll slip every time you bend... and you'll do a lot of bending. Sleeveless blouses are popular because they allow freedom of movement in the arms and shoulders. Wear whatever type of bra you prefer to do sports. Hot Yoga: If you are going to do hot yoga or Bikram, there are some special considerations. Because classes are held in a heated room, cotton clothes and long shirts or pants are not ideal, as they trap sweat and trap heat closer to your body. It is a good idea to wear shorts and clothes that absorb moisture to facilitate practice. See our recommendations for wearing hot yoga for more detailed advice from the experts

what to bring In general, the only thing you need to bring with you in the first trimester is a positive attitude and an open mind. Of course, there are plenty of fun accessories you can add to your yoga arsenal over time, but start small and keep things simple. If you're heading to your first class, don't worry about bringing a mat if you don't have one. Most yoga places rent mats for a dollar or two. While you keep going to class, or if you're training at home, you'll want to invest in your own mat. While you may be tempted to buy a low-cost mat from your local retailer, if you're really committed to practicing yoga, it pays to invest in a quality mat.

Water bottle: If you are going to do hot yoga, make sure you bring water with you. For other types of yoga, you can wait until after school is over for a drink. Towel: If you tend to sweat a lot, or you're trying hot yoga, bring a hand towel with you to class. Props: Unless you're training exclusively at home, you don't have to have your own gear. Studios provide blocks, blankets and belts. Your teacher will tell you what props are needed for each class, but if you don't, take a block and belt anyway, just in case you need help getting into the pose