1. Get to class a few minutes early. Power off your phone. Take a few moments to relax on your mat and center yourself before class begins.
2. Introduce yourself to your teacher. Even if you have been practicing for a while, it’s beneficial for the teacher and the client to build a rapport. Most teachers really love getting to know their clients better and it helps build community which keeps you coming back.
3. Let your teacher know if you have any injuries or if you are pregnant. Your teacher will likely be able to share with you some helpful modifications.
4. BREATHE. BREATHE. BREATHE. In yoga it is usually recommended to breathe in and out through the nose. Consistent breathing creates focus and calms the mind while energizing the body.
5. Honor your body. Don’t push through injuries or limitations. Respect how your body feels each day. Some days you may need to take it slower or other days you may be able to push yourself. Remember, you know your own body and you are your best teacher.
6. Don’t be afraid of using props. A common misunderstanding is that props are to only be used if you cannot do a pose correctly. Props can help deepen or enhance a pose. For example, I can do half-moon pose with my hand on the floor with ease. However, when I use a block, I find I have even better alignment which creates a deeper opening in my whole body.
7. Find the right class. There are many different styles or yoga and teachers. Find a certified teacher and a style that works for you. You may have to try a few different classes before you find the right fit, but once you do, your practice will deepen and you will feel amazing.
8. Look for yoga specials. Often there are yoga specials and coupons online and offered at the studios. Check frequently, and ask at the front desk if there are any promotions. Some yoga studios even offer work-study programs where you can work and then have access to yoga.
9. Practice regularly. The more consistent your practice the better you will feel. Mark your calendar and make it part of your routine.
10. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Relax and have fun. You have the rest of your life to figure out where your right foot goes or to master a pose. Smile and enjoy your class.