What you should know before your first yoga class?

Welcome to the wholesome and healing world of yoga!

It is certain that deciding to explore yoga’s benefits will only offer you an exciting and transformative experience. Whether you seek stress and muscle relief, improved flexibility, enhanced physical strength, or a deeper connection to your inner self, yoga can help you achieve it. 

Stepping onto the yoga mat for the first time is a moment of promise and self-discovery. Yoga, an ancient practice that harmonizes the body, mind, and spirit, has gained immense popularity for its holistic health benefits.

However, there are some essential things to know and consider before you step onto the mat and start your first yoga practice in order to get the most out of it and ensure a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.

Choose the Right Class

There are various yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Restorative, and more. Dig into the different styles and what they have to offer, and discuss with instructors to help you find the style that aligns the most with your goals and preferences.

Find a Suitable Instructor

After you decide on the style of yoga practice you prefer, find a knowledgeable and experienced yoga instructor who inspires you. This step can make a significant difference in your practice. Look for instructors that have at least a 200H yoga teacher training and have a teaching style that resonates with you.

Begin in a Slow Pace

If you are new to yoga, don’t aim to attend an advanced class. Begin with a beginner or all-level class to gently introduce yourself to the main principles and practices and build a strong foundation before moving forward with more challenging classes. Also, don’t compare yourself to others. Each person has their own pace and sets different personal goals.

Comfortable Attire

Yoga in general does not require any specific clothing. However, in order to be able to breath and move during your practice, you should wear comfortable, breathable clothing that allows for a wide range of motion and makes you feel at ease.

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Yoga Mat

Yoga is a 6000 year old tradition and Yogis where practicing without yoga mat.  You don’t need a yoga mat to practice yoga but it may help since it provides stability and cushioning during your practice. Most studios have mats you can borrow or rent, but if you plan to practice at home as well, having your own mat is a good investment.

Discuss with the Instructor

If you have any injuries, health conditions, or concerns, inform the instructor before the class begins. They can provide modifications and guidance to accommodate your needs and make your practice even more enjoyable.

Breathing Awareness

Yoga places a strong focus on breath. Don’t underestimate the power of breath. Learn to sync your breath with movement. It’s an essential part of the practice and helps you stay focused and relaxed.

Stay Present

Try to clear your mind of distractions and be fully present during the class. This mindfulness is an integral part of yoga’s mental and emotional benefits. Close your phone, disconnect from your tasks and errands and dedicate this time to yourself.


The final relaxation pose, Savasana, is an integral part of the practice. Allow yourself to fully relax during this time to reap the benefits of your practice and enjoy the mindfulness that yoga practice offers.

It’s important to keep in mind that the practice is not just about the poses or the physical aspect; it’s a holistic experience that can improve your life in many diverse ways. 

Your first yoga class is the beginning of a beautiful journey, one that offers physical and mental benefits as well as a deeper connection to your inner self. 

Take your time, be patient with yourself, and enjoy each moment on the mat. Yourself will soon thank you for this amazing journey!


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