- Increase flexibility.
- Relieve stress through learning stress management techniques.
- Improve overall balance and agility.
- Provide a sense of mental clarity.
- Create a positive self image.
If you like to feel good, then you will probably like yoga. Never tried it before? Here are some tips to get you ready for your first class:
1. Wear comfortable clothes that allow a full range of movement. Fitted clothing helps the instructor to see your body alignment, but skin tight pants aren’t necessary if you don’t feel comfortable wearing them
2. Arrive 15 minutes early. You will probably be asked to fill out some basic contact information and to sign a waiver, so give yourself time to do the paperwork
3. Bring a towel in case you get sweaty, a water bottle and a mat if you have one. (If not, don’t worry, many studios rent mats or offer them for free).
4. Spit out your gum. Mindful breathing is a big part of yoga, but chewing gum aggravates jaw muscles and distracts you from your breathing.
5. Be prepared to remove your shoes and socks before entering the yoga room.
6. Tell the instructor it’s your first yoga class and let them know if you have any injuries.
7. When you don’t understand something the teacher says, flag them down! They want you to understand, not to fake it and risk possible injury.
Curious to try but not ready to go to a class?
You can also try yoga at home:
Yoga With Adriene – popular site for free classes with a focus on beginner instruction.
Yoga Download – features a variety of top instructors; some classes available for free.
Diamond Dallas Page Yoga – for those who are curious about yoga but are turned off by the “touchy-feely” vibe.
WV yogis, get ready!
There are some great events coming up in 2016, from casual/social to a 3 day yoga festival.
April 22 – Yoga With A Chair Workshop, Inner Life Yoga Studio, Morgantown
June 3-5 – Wanderlust Snowshoe, Snowshoe Resort
May 7 – Pints & Poses, Bridge Brew Works, Fayetteville
See you on the mat. Namaste!