Here are 7 beginner yoga FAQs and for experienced students to continue their practice further.
Q: Are private lesson good way to start?
A: Absolutely! Private instruction is a perfect complement to group classes. As a beginner, it is important to develop correct habits right from the start. In private sessions you deepen your understanding of the fundamentals, address any limitations or injuries you may have, learn how to modify postures to accommodate your body, and receive the instructor’s undivided attention.
Q: And what do I need to know to not completely embarrass myself?
A: Understand that yoga is really meditation in movement, not a competitive sport! Many people tend to push too far, too fast when they first come to yoga. Understanding that yoga is a practice will take you a long way. Yoga is really about little steps at a time. A sense of humor helps too!
Q: How does one dress?
A: What you wear while you do yoga can influence your ability to move freely and to find your balance. Don’t worry! You don’t need to buy a bunch of new stuff. While there is a lot of specially designed yoga clothing available, you can put together something suitable from things you already have. See if you can find any of the following in your dresser drawers:
- Gym shorts
- Bicycle shorts
- Tank top
- Fitted T-shirt
Q: I don’t want to spend a lot of money until I know I like it. What do I need to bring? I noticed there are mats of many materials and costs. And little foam blocks and straps and pillow-like things. Do I need to buy them too?
A: You don’t need to bring anything, we have all the props you’ll need at Yoga from the Heart. If you like yoga and decide you want to practice at home, you’ll want to invest in a yoga mat, yoga block, yoga strap, yoga blanket, and maybe even a bolster but for now, just bring yourself!
Q: And tell me about studio etiquette.
A: Every minute of a yoga class is important. Please arrive a few minutes early. As you come into the room, look around – don’t just plop down in the middle of the room, where every time someone comes in you’re going to have to move your mat. If arriving late for class is unavoidable, silently wait outside until the “centering” part of class is complete. Then come in, quietly unroll your mat, and join the class.
Q: Do you reserve a place? Can I come a little early to get in the mood? Are there reserved places in the studio?
A: You can register and sign up for classes online or you can just show up! You are welcome to come as early as 30 minutes before class starts and there are no reserved places in the studio.
Q: How about talking or asking questions during a group lesson?
A: If you are confused or don’t understand a posture or how to move your body, please ask for help.