I remember stepping into my first yoga class. It was shortly after my move to Barbados, and I was thrilled to finally be able to check another item off my must-try list. I also remember being a bit nervous. I had never practiced yoga before, and had no idea how to behave or act during the class. Sure, I had participated in group classes at the gym, but yoga seemed…different. Looking back, I can see that my nerves were unwarranted. The class was amazing, and I enjoyed it so much that I returned week after week.
If you’re thinking of trying out a class, don’t let your nerves get in the way! The benefits of yoga outweigh first day jitters. Just check out all of the good things yoga does for you! To help you out, here a few basic tips to get you through your first class.
- Arrive early. Get to the studio at least 15 minutes before class is set to begin. This allows you time to sign-in, pay (if required), and set up your mat. If you do arrive late, quietly enter the room and set up at the back of the class. Be sure to take off your shoes before walking on the studio floor.
- Approach the instructor and let them know you’re new to yoga. Also let them know about any injuries or mobility issues that may require modifications.
- Set up quietly and mind your space. Allow enough space between others to fully stretch out your arms and legs. Staggering your mat is best, if space allows. Turn off all electronics and keep chatting to a minimum.
- Respect the instructor. This means following their lead, and not making up your own moves. Modify any moves as needed, but try to keep up with the class as best you can. If you need a break, sit quietly on your mat until you’re ready to join in again. When the session is finished, feel free to thank the instructor for the class and any assistance they provided.
- Clean up. Disinfectant spray or wipes are usually provided by the studio, although I pack some wipes in my bag just in case. Wipe down any equipment you used, especially if it’s borrowed! Neatly replace all equipment, such as straps and blocks, where you found them.
Do you practice yoga? Share your tips in the comments section!