Basic Yoga Tips + My Experience

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Posted while listening to Boyz II Men because sometimes we need a reminder there was a time before booty clapping. 

Today I am going to share with you my yoga experience.

The first time I ever tried yoga I was a Freshman in college. A woman I knew was doing yoga at a studio down the street from campus and invited me to join her since the first class was free. I had no idea what to expect. My friend went over some basic poses I would need to know before the class, i.e. child’s pose, downward facing dog, and upward facing dog which was very helpful.

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Child’s Pose

 

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Downward Facing Dog

 

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Upward Facing Dog

 

 

We went to a stand alone studio that only had one class at a time. Once the class started the front door was locked, the studio door was closed, and no one was allowed in or out. This is very common for stand-alone studios for two reasons; one is security and the other is to reduce interruption.

I attended yoga at this studio for a month and had to stop because I was a broke college student and couldn’t afford over a hundred dollars a month (yoga is very expensive). I didn’t continue again with my yoga practice until last month (six years later). I had dropped in on some yoga classes here and there but haven’t been consistent with my practice until recently; I go 2-3 a week right after work.

Sidenote: Finding a yoga studio that you really like is hard work. Not all studios are the same and neither are the instructors. Think about location, time, and price when considering a studio.  

This blog is really about the basics. Believe it or not, yoga can get pretty complicated if you let it. Just remember that yoga is an ancient art form and wearing a pair of $98 Lululemon leggings isn’t going to change that.

  1. All you need is a mat (if doing basic yoga). You can find inexpensive mats at TJ Maxx.
  2. You do not wear shoes or socks.
  3. Wear comfortable clothing. Nothing fancy. Workout leggings, a sports bra, and a workout top.
  4. If there is an instructor, get a spot up close so you can see the poses clearly.
  5. Arrive 5-10 minutes before the class to get settled in and clear your mind.
  6. Do not talk when in the studio.
  7. Know that you will not be as flexible as the person in front or next to you.
  8. Don’t worry if your mind wonders. Centering and clearing your mind takes a lifetime to master.
  9. No two classes are the same so enjoy every moment by being present and aware.
  10. Always return. Your first class might be really awkward and challenging but give it another try because it will get better. Even the most experienced yogi’s struggle sometimes.

I am by no means experienced or claim to know everything about yoga. All I know is what I have learned from attending yoga at four different studios and one studio inside a gym. Right now I am practicing Hot Vinyasa yoga, and I absolutely love it. If you want to know more about Vinyasa yoga let me know and I can do a post on it.

I hope this post was informational and answered questions you might have before starting yoga. Have a beautiful day and I’ll see you Friday for another Fresh Finds Friday!

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