What to expect from your first yoga class
Getting into a new fitness routine or hobby is an exciting time, but it can seem a little daunting at first. In this blog post, we'll be going through what complete beginners might expect in their first yoga class, with some tips on how to use props to help you on the way.
Before your class
In the lead up to attending your first yoga class, it's a good idea to do your research when it comes to finding the right class. Make sure you search specifically for a beginners class or course - yoga can be harder than it looks. In a beginner session, the teacher will break down each pose for you so that you can practice safely in the long-term. Look for local yoga instructors with good reviews or recommendations. We also recommend searching for yoga teachers registered with a professional body e.g. Yoga Alliance Professionals, British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Alliance or the Independent Yoga Network.
Your first session
Make sure to arrive at your class a little early, and schedule good time in your day to do so, with a regular, long-term commitment in mind. The true benefits of yoga reveal themselves with long term practice.
- Be prepared to practice with bare feet
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing and leggings
- Most studios will rent yoga mats which may be sensible if this is your first time, if you are committing long-term we'd recommend starting with the Eko Sticky Yoga Mat.
- Tell the teacher if you have any injuries or health concerns- this is important!
The most important thing to remember when going to a yoga class is to remember that there is no judgement from anyone in the room. Everyone is focussed on their practice.
What are all these things (yoga props) and what are they for?
In your first few sessions, use props as directed by your teacher. There is a lot to take in. As you practice, you will begin to understand what your body needs and in which yoga poses you need some assistance. You can then decide which items would be of benefit for a yoga practice at home.
We've put together an Essentials Kit for beginners with the basics. These are:
A strap - usually looped around the feet (initially in seated postures) so that you can pull yourself forward into a forward bend. Essential for those who struggle to reach their toes. They are also used to loosen the shoulders and to assist in shoulder stands.
A yoga block - used in standing postures where you are not flexible enough to touch the floor. If you cannot reach the floor with your hand, place the block on the floor and use this for support instead.
A yoga mat!
You can purchase all of the above as a bundle here.
Yoga bolsters - these are used specifically for restorative yoga, pregnancy yoga and yin yoga. They are also used as a prop during Iyengar classes. Once you have practised with a bolster, you will almost definitely want your own for your home practice. Postures and breathing exercises performed with bolsters are EXTREMELY therapeutic. You can find some info within our bolster guide.
Eye pillows - nothing complicated here! Some teachers may place an eye mask over you during the final pose, savasana. The gentle pressure on your eyes and darkness it offers will assist you in your relaxation.
As always, if you need any advice on our products please get in touch!