Yoga is a capacious and profound practice. Your experience in Yoga for Beginners course will depend on your requests and expectations. In order not to be disappointed, you should immediately understand what you want and what you want to solve.
Describe the Image of the Result
Decide on what you want: move? Relax? Regain strength? Correct posture? Learn meditation techniques? Prepare the body for pregnancy? Know yourself? Develop new, more sustainable qualities? Remove a couple of kilograms or remove the clamps in the body? Find the strength and energy to change something in yourself? Awareness before starting classes will help to achieve the desired result.
Choose the Practice
Which is more suitable for you in temperament: static (Hatha-yoga) or dynamic (Vinyasa-yoga)? What is closer to you in spirit: esoteric (Kundalini-yoga), ancient traditions (Ashtanga-vinyasa yoga), modern young currents (INNER YOGA), fitness yoga (Bikram-yoga)?
What is the priority at this stage: start strengthening the body and mind (Hatha-yoga, Ashtanga-yoga, Vinyasa yoga), therapeutic aspect (Yoga), specialized classes (pregnancy classes, children’s yoga, yoga for women), personal development (psychological yoga – PSY-technique), active meditation?
Choose a Location
Choose a location close to work, home, or the place where you often go. The practice should fit into your rhythm of life, not change it. Appreciate the studio by distance, transportation, aesthetics, comfort, and atmosphere.
Choose a Schedule
In any fitness club or yoga studio there is a schedule for classes: on yoga styles, levels of difficulty, experience, or specificity of the teacher. Do as you like – if you like to study in the morning and this fits in your schedule, look for a studio with morning practices. You can study in the evening and on the weekend – the main thing to understand is when you will be comfortable to go to the class. Listen to yourself: do not rush to the training that does not fit into your schedule – it will only multiply the discomfort.
How to Prepare for Yoga
- You can drink water before class, but it is better not to eat 2-3 hours before yoga.
- Clothes should «breathe» and not restrict movement. These can be loose pants and T-shirt, overalls on the body or a classic fitness set: leggings and sports top. The main thing is to make you comfortable. Yoga is done barefoot, but if you get cold, it is best to wear socks.
- If you have a yoga mat, take it. If you don’t have one, no worries, each studio has their own mats.
More information about history of Yoga you can find on the website of National Library of Medicine.
Brand “Gruper” offers a Thick Yoga Mat Non Slip. This classic thick yoga mat uses NBR material, soft and comfortable, can protect your knees and provide enough buffering. Suitable for all kinds of light sports such as meditation, yoga, etc. If you do regular sports, hot yoga, you can buy Gruper TPE 6 mm professional yoga mat.
Brand “Primasole” offers a Folding Yoga Travel Pilates Mat. Maximal portability for easy carrying to your travel, studio, park, or beach. Size is 68 × 24 inches provides comfort and stability at a total weight of only 2.0 lb for the 4 mm mat. Embossed surface ensures stability during all types of training. Ideal for core strength, posture, balance, and flexibility exercises. Perfect for hot yoga, ab crunches, or Pilates as well as yoga floor and standing poses.
Brand “Ewedoos” offers a Yoga Mat Bag. Crafted specifically to carry yoga mats in an Easy, Gender Neutral, Shoulder Strap Tote Bag Form. No more hassle packing and carrying your yoga gear to and from the studio. Just Slide On Your Shoulder And Go! Dimensions are 35″x13.5″. Two Pockets Design: ONE LARGE SIDE POCKET for Water Bottle, Towel, and Sunglasses. And ONE SMALL INTERIOR ZIPPER POCKET for Keys, Wallet, and Phone.