I remember the first time I went to a yoga class. My co-worker at the time was a complete “yogi” but told me she was just starting out and wanted me to go to a class with her to keep her company.
As soon as I walked into the studio, I was greeted by the front reception and was offered different membership packages……I didn’t get the impression I had an option to not join prior to the class.
TIP 1: Check if the studio or gym that you’re going to offers free classes or trials before you commit to a membership – the receptionists/staff members are taught to upsell.
It was the absolute worse experience ever! Everyone in the class was just doing their own thing – it totally didn’t feel like a class!
Some were doing headstands while others looked like they were meditating. For the amount that I paid, I was really expecting to learn something……anything.
TIP 2: Read the description of the class that you’re attending to ensure that it’s the right fit for you.
Not surprisingly, I never used my membership and my first impression of yoga was horrible.
After that experience, I stuck to my zoomba classes until one day, there was a scheduling mistake between the instructors and my normal zoomba class became a yoga class.
That “mistake” was eye opening! From that class, I learned that yoga was so much more than what I initially was exposed to.
TIP 3: Ask questions.
If there’s something in particular you want to work on or try, ask which classes will cover those areas. There are so many types of yoga classes that you can attend – not just one!
TIP 4: Try and experiment.
Here are a few different types of yoga classes:
Hatha yoga is probably the best type of yoga class to start for beginners. This is what I thought yoga was all about – breathing, meditating and beginner poses. When I tried Hatha yoga for the first time, the instructor kept coming to me to push my head back down because I kept thinking we should be doing the super hard poses that I recalled from my first yoga experience. For those who have a hard time staying still, this might actually help you take a moment and stay stil).
For those who want to start yoga but find Hatha yoga to be a bit too slow, then you can try Yin yoga which is still slow-paced but incorporates more poses, albeit, you will be holding the same pose for awhile.
For those who are just starting out and want to try different types of yoga, this might be a great class to try because the focus isn’t on how “perfect” your pose is but rather, to just try the different poses and hopefully through that, you will get a better understanding of your body. The perfectionist in me wanted to master each pose, but that’s what is so great about yoga – perfect is doing you to the best of your ability (my interpretation at least).
Hot yoga is great for those wanting a good sweat because it feels like you’re working out in a sauna. I don’t recommend Hot yoga for those just starting out or for those who are pregnant because there is an increased risk of fainting. When you feel ready to give Hot yoga a try, make sure you’re super hydrated and if need be, take a break.
Oh my goodness, I was completely out of my element in this one but it was super fun! Aerial yoga really tests your core strength and/or you’re going to find out that you need to work on it a LOT more.
TIP 5: Relax and just have fun!
All too often, we’re scared to try something new because we’re unfamiliar with it. I’ve just highlighted some of the yoga classes I’ve attended. Formulate your opinion after trying out all the classes that are offered. You never know, you might enjoy all of them and become a complete Yogi yourself.