Help! I’ve never done yoga before! by Vyda Bielkus

I often hear this from new students that stop by the studio or call us.

“I’ve never done yoga before, but my doctor recommends I should try it. Honestly, I am really not flexible and I just don’t know where to start! How should I begin?”

Yoga, just like starting anything new can feel daunting at first. At our yoga studio Health Yoga we often say to students the hardest part of yoga is getting there to take class. Once you get there everything else is easy.

Here are some tips to consider when trying yoga for the first time:

1. Yoga Studio Classes. It is a great idea to come to try yoga for the first time at yoga studio. Here you can learn from well trained teachers and meet new people. Teachers can help you breakdown the poses and offer modifications to help you find a level of practice that works for you. See our daily yoga schedule here.

2. Private Instruction. Most studios offer clients private instruction. If you are new to yoga consider signing up for a few private sessions.  Getting one-on-one instruction can be invaluable as you are learning something new.

3. Know this pose. Child’s pose is an important pose to know. If you are in class and you get a little confused or lost as to the steps, always come to this pose. It let’s you catch your breath and take a break without disrupting other students. Here’s what it looks like:

Bring your knees to the mat. Separate your knees and bring your torso between your thighs. Resting your forehead on the mat

4. What to bring? If you have a yoga mat bring it. We rent and sell mats. It’s also a good idea to bring a towel and some water.

5. Which class should I take? There are a lot of different styles of yoga for certain! But every class can offer something to the beginning student . So even if you can’t make it to a beginner class try what works for you. Some classes at Health Yoga Life that are great for beginners include: the Back to Basics, Kundalini and Restore ‘n Restart.

6. Give yourself some time. When you are coming to class for the first time, give yourself 15 minutes to sign-in and settle in. Introduce yourself to the teacher and tell them it’s your first class. You don’t want to run into your first yoga class feeling rushed and stressed.

It’s that simple. We’ll see you soon at Health Yoga Life! We can’t wait for you to take your first class!

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