3 Things to Remember Before Yoga Class
By Genevieve Cunningham
Yoga. This word means different things to different people. For some, it’s a gentle workout that brings peace into their lives. For others, it’s a challenging workout that gives them something to work on. And still for others, it’s a word that fills them with dread. Yoga is definitely a funny and interesting practice. But if you’ve never been to a yoga class, it’s definitely worth giving a try. To make the experience as good as possible, take a look at these three things to remember before you ever step foot in class.
Everyone Was a Beginner
Absolutely everyone was a beginner at one point or another. When you walk into your first yoga class, you’ll likely feel intimidated and nervous at the challenge. But even those yogis in the corner that look like complete pros were once beginners. What does this mean? It means they completely understand your struggle. They know it’s hard. They’ve been there, and they’re definitely not judging you. Keep this in mind and everything about your class will get a lot easier.
Use the Modifications
Don’t be afraid to use the modifications that the teacher provides. These are there to help you. They’re meant for yogis who haven’t quite mastered a particular skill. They’re not meant to make you look different or to point out that you’re a beginner. They’re meant to help you in your journey. Use them when you need them, and don’t be ashamed at your progress.
You Don’t Have to Like It
If this is your first yoga class, you probably have certain expectations. And among those expectations, you probably expect to like yoga. You might feel like yoga was meant just for you … until you visit your first class. Give yourself permission not to like it. It’s OK. If you don’t like it, you can make the choice as to whether you come back or not, but don’t put any pressure on yourself. If you like yoga, great. If you don’t, that’s OK, too. Let it be.
Yoga is a great addition to many’s lives. If it works for you, awesome. But don’t force it. Keep these things in mind when you go to your first class, and let things evolve. If it works, yoga might bring good into your health and life for years to come.
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