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Yoga is suitable, as well as beneficial, for everyone regardless
of age or fitness level.
Do not be intimidated!
If you have decided to start doing yoga, you probably want to know
what to expect in your first yoga class. Here are some tips that you
should know before taking your first class:
Be familiar with some basics:
If you know the basics of yoga and have gone over a few at home,
you may feel more motivated and inspired in class. There are hundreds of yoga poses and your body may be upset if you select one that does not suit your personality. Take a few minutes to search the internet to read one of the many texts available on yoga postures. That will provide you a few basics that you can practice at home. You can also check youtube for some beginners' video to learn a few intro moves.
Get there at least 15 minutes early It's very important to be on time for class. This will allow you enough time to fill out any necessary paperwork (probably just the first time), get your belongings into a storage spot and begin to de-stress before class. Moreover, this will help you to set your yoga mat in a comfortable place in the room without disrupting everyone else. Also, you won't miss the specific instructions that teachers give at the beginning of the class for first timers. If for some reason you are late, be respectful of your fellow classmates and place your mat down gently so you don't disturb the class.
Eat light or low-acid food before yoga class Keep the day of your first yoga class light and simple by having healthy food at least two and half hours prior to class. Do not eat saucy, fried, fatty, spicy, and high-acid food as they take longer to digest. It's also not a good idea to do practice with empty stomach because at the end of the day, you may start feeling lightheaded as the body needs for fuel that is not there. If you want to eat a quick snack before the class, you can grab yogurt, fruit or vegetables. A lightly filled stomach will provide you a better edge to get into some poses.
Drink plenty of water before and after the class: It is very necessary to stay hydrated during class. This is because in a typical yoga class, you will lose water weight. Better if you start drinking water at least two hours before your class since your body needs time to absorb the water properly for hydration. Especially if you're doing hot yoga, make sure that you're fully hydrated before you start. Over time, you'll learn how much water your body needs before and after the class. Bring water with you to class too.
Wear comfortable clothes that don't restrict your movement You don't need to wear long pants or spandex, just wear something you feel relaxed and confident in. Ladies can wear quick-dry Capri and tight tops whereas gents may put on shorts and baggy t-shirts. Also try to avoid wearing clothes that are too loose in which your private areas are unnecessarily exposed—you may spend more time adjusting your dress instead of concentrating on your positions. Remember that unlike running or other gym exercises, you will be bending and stretching a lot, so loose clothes tend to fall in your face during downward poses and it will become difficult for the teacher to check your alignment. Bring a hand towel with you to class.
Take your shoes off Yoga is practiced barefoot; shoes and regular socks are not permitted. Being barefoot allows more grip on the mat in various poses. If you have any problem being barefoot, you can purchase yoga socks at the studio.
What to expect in class:
The instructors are very helpful and encouraging. They want new students to have the best experience possible during their first class. Our instructors will provide adjustments and more detailed instructions through class.
We encourage you to have a brief conversation with the teacher before the class starts; express any concerns that you may have with them. Make sure to let your instructor know of any limitations and medical conditions you have that may affect you in class.
We ask that you silence your cell phone when entering Revival. If you need to have your cell phone with you in the studio, please have it hidden so notifications won’t distract the other students. Be mindful of the other students sharing their love and energy with you.
Don't let your ego guide you.
There is no place for comparative thinking in a yoga studio. If you are practicing in a place that makes you feel judged then this is not the right place for you to be. No one is going to judge you at Revival, and there is no gold medal for "Best Pose." It doesn't matter if you can’t do the pose yet, or if your body is not super flexible. Always listen to your body; don't push or overextend your threshold just to keep up with the rest of the class. If it gets to be too much, spend time in child’s pose until you are ready to jump back in.