Yoga for Beginners
So you've decided to start a new chapter and take your first yoga class. Good for you! We admire steps toward positive change. Jumping on the yoga train can be scary, we know it. We've all been there. Not only are you chartering new territory with your first yoga class but also jumping right into a heated class! Whoa, now that is a big deal. There are several questions that you may be asking yourself regarding your first class. Let's highlight a few Q & A's, with some great tips to set your mind at ease.
Can I handle the heat?
We won't lie, the heat will feel pretty intense your first time around. Be prepared to sweat! The atmosphere is controlled to be a toasty 97 - 99 degrees. Know that you can step out of the room at any time if you feel it necessary. The heat helps heal and nourish the muscles, joints and the mind. It is there to help guide you into a smooth practice, not make you suffer. After class you will notice a sense of peace, energy release and an overall sense of well being. We like to say that you can shed a skin on your mat in a heated class...leaving behind the residue that doesn't serve you.
Will I be awkward with everyone looking at me?
You may feel slightly awkward as you learn about creating new and creative ways to shape your body and your mind. This it totally normal. Go with the weirdness. No one is judging you. The goal in a yoga space is to check your ego at the door and go inward. You may have other fellow beginners looking around for guidance but nothing to take too seriously. As you progress and grow into other classes, no one is looking around to check you out. This is an internal practice and each experience is personal and unique.
What should I wear?
You don't need to buy expensive clothing to hit your first hot yoga class. There is no point investing a lot of money on outfits for your first time in. We believe form fitting clothing that will not interfere with movement of the body is best. Keep the running shorts and t-shirt for the gym or your morning run. Tight clothing that breathes will help you stay focused on the yoga practice and not your clothes riding up in all the wrong places.
Please check your shoes at the door. Yoga is best performed with bare feet as it will help you maintain grip. Some folks do like to try with their socks on. Do what feels best for you!
Am I flexible enough to do yoga?
Every hot yoga studio will tell you the phrase they hear most is 'I'm not flexible enough to do yoga'. There is a common misconception attached to yoga due to images in society that you must have a ballerina type body that can twist into a pretzel or the splits on demand. Not true! Yoga is good for every "body". We have all shapes, sizes, and age groups in our hot yoga classes.
Long story short... Yes, you are flexible enough to do yoga! In fact, no flexibility is required to take a yoga class. With time, patience, and a consistent practice, you will become more flexible in your body and in your mind (which is the true goal of yoga anyway).
What should I bring with me?
Please bring a water bottle with you so you can stay hydrated before, during and after class. We may not always cue you to grab a drink, so listen to your body and sip your water anytime you need nourishment and hydration. We provide complimentary hand towels so you can wipe down during your class. If you have a yoga mat, bring it with you or borrow one of our yoga mats for your first time. We loan mats to first timers at no cost.
What should I do if I feel lost or overwhelmed?
We love this question! We guide you through a safe and soft practice your first time around and in every beginner class (Our Gentle Flow or Slow Flow is a great place to start). Know that yoga is very visual as a beginner. Look around, see what everyone else is doing. Your teacher will also guide you through demonstration. The pose we highlight below is called childs pose (balasana in Sanskrit) and it is a 'rest pose'. To come into this pose bring the knees down to the mat, bring the great toes together, slide the hips toward the heels and sink the torso in between the inner thighs. The forehead touches down and the arms can be stretched long in front of you or down by your sides. You will see many yogis at ALL levels taking this pose for a break for their body. We recommend using this pose frequently as a newbie to the practice. Here you can come back to your breath and surrender until you are ready to rejoin the class. At Yoga Fever, we meet you where you are at.