Today, a student walked out about 10 minutes into my class. She'd come in after class had started so I hadn't had a chance to speak to her beforehand like I normally would when there's a face I don't recognise. It turns out she was new to yoga, looking for a relaxing class to start her practice and found herself in a level 2/3 heated flow class😕 I'm disappointed that she had a bad experience and thought that now is a good time to discuss how best to get started practicing yoga in a class environment.
I highly encourage those new to yoga to start with an introductory beginners course, designed to teach the basics of yoga (I teach one, by the way, on Wednesdays at 8:15pm). A course like this should provide you with the tools to begin your practice safely and mindfully. But, depending on your schedule and lifestyle, a series isn't always an option. So here are a few tips to get you started in a class environment:
See what's out there: Check out local studios and venues. Many offer a reduced rate on your first class or introductory first month rates.
Taste Test: Once you find a studio, try out different teachers that offer classes at times that fit your schedule. Please don't ever give up on yoga after one class or teacher that you didn't connect with.
Get to class early: this will give you the chance to meet the teacher beforehand. Tell them you're new to yoga. If you have any injuries you need to modify for you'll want to communicate that too.
When in doubt, Child's Pose: Get down on all fours, sit your hips back to your heals, rest your forehead down on your mat and breathe.
When class is finished: Pat yourself on the back because you did it! You rolled out your mat and you got on it. You moved, you breathed, you connected. Well done❤️
For more information about my beginner series, click here.