What do I need for my first yoga class?

July 2012 by

What do I need for my first yoga class?

“What do I need for yoga my first yoga class?” is a popular question from beginners. The most basic answer is comfortable exercise clothes – tight or loose. You also need a yoga mat, but almost all studios will have a mat for you to use. The use of the mat might be included in the price of the class or it could be an extra fee. As far as the intangible goes, I recommend getting there 5 to 10 minutes early, telling your teacher it’s your first class and approaching yoga with an open mind.

What Do I Wear to Yoga?

In the United States, most people in your yoga class will probably be wearing yoga pants and a sport top. Full-length yoga pants are typically tight at the top, but allow you to bend and stretch without revealing your butt crack. Full length yoga pants are typically flared at the bottom. Capri-length yoga pants usually have a straight cut which is loose at the bottom. Below-the-knee yoga pants and yoga shorts are commonly tight fitting. If you feel uncomfortable in yoga clothes, you can put on sweat pants and a t-shirt that allow a full range of movement.

Do I Need My Own Yoga Mat?

You don’t need your own yoga mat for your first class. In fact, the type of mat to own depends on the style of yoga you do most. For example, a thick mat might make Vinyasa more difficult, but Yin Yoga classes easier. So, you may want to wait until you find a class you like and then consult your instructor. Frequently, the yoga studio will have mats for sale. I prefer to bring my own mat to class. For me, it’s part of my yoga ritual and my mat feels like my friend. I really like having a green or plum color, because it takes me to my happy place. I am also picky about wanting a yoga mat made from eco-friendly material. As an alternative to bringing your own mat to class, you can enjoy the convenience of doing yoga on the mat from the studio and bring a yoga towel to lay over it.

Doctor’s Approval

If you have a health condition, the answer to the question “What do I need for yoga?” is your doctor’s approval. This includes people with a passing illness, as well as chronic diseases or musculoskeletal disorders. Explain to your doctor that a typical yoga class includes standing forward bends, seated forward bends, twisting, back bending, balancing and inverted poses. However, some yoga classes are simply breathing exercises and meditation. While yoga benefits your health, some poses and breathing exercises may be contraindicated for your health condition.

 

“What do I need for my first yoga class?” written by Victoria Weinblatt, M.S.Ed., B.S., RYT-200, CMT

 

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