1. Ignore the other people on other mats.
Open classes are typically going to have a variety of levels. One of the biggest life lessons from yoga that I have learned is that it’s totally, 100% perfect to be where you are right now and it is always a practice and a journey. Many beginner students often admit that they feel intimidated or even silly in classes where there are more advanced yogis. Here’s the secret: no one is judging you! Stop paying attention to everyone else in class and focus on yourself.
2. On that note…. avoid advanced classes!
There are certain classes on the schedule that are designed for more advanced yogis. The classes tend to move quickly, there is an expectation that you know the names of the poses without seeing the instructor demonstrate, and some of the more basic poses are not explained. When you are starting your practice, it may be a good idea to avoid these classes. It’s not you, it’s the class! At Yoga People, we indicate what level the classes are (i.e, beginner, slow flow, open, power yoga). Opt for the beginner, slow flow, and restorative classes at first and then work your way to an all levels or power yoga class. If you have any questions at all, ask someone at the front desk. We are here to help you navigate the schedule and the classes to find teachers and times that are just right for YOU!
Your breath comes first. Before starting a class, set the intention of remembering to breathe. The more you practice, the more you will start to synchronize your breath with your movements. This is Vinyasa, linking breath with your body and mind. This may not come easy at first, but if you deepen your breath, it will guide you through the asanas (poses) and even more challenging poses can become easeful. As long as you are breathing, you are practicing yoga!
4. Laugh at yourself
You are going to fall. Your belly may make noises, you may pass gas. That’s OK! You might be on the other side of the pose or on the wrong leg. That’s also OK! You might slide off your mat. That’s cool too. Don’t worry; even the most advanced yogis are experiencing these things, I promise you. Experiencing silly moments is a natural part of yoga and sometimes it’s pretty darn funny. You have the choice to either add laughter into your day or beat yourself up. Choose to smile, and go with the flow.
When you make yoga a part of your weekly schedule, you will build your skills without a doubt! Plus, you will get to know the teachers and they will help you on what it is you are here to work on. One of my favorite parts of Yoga People is the community here. I began falling in love with the teachers, the students, and the staff. When you make a yoga studio your home, coming to class stops being a tick box on your to-do list.
Still feeling a bit timid? No fear, Yoga People has an amazing Absolute Beginner course to build your confidence, strength and flexibility!
Develop Strength, Flexibility, and Balance
4-Week course, 4 Sundays, 3:30-4:45
Next Session: June 1, 8, 15, 22
$90 Pre-registration required.
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This course is designed for those who are brand new to yoga.
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