If you’re new to yoga, you may experience uncertainty about what to expect when you enter your first class as a rookie. As a lot of people are just not sure what they will find in a beginners yoga class, this article shares 4 tips to help identify an appropriate class for you.
Decide on what you’d like to achieve prior to selecting a style.
The number of reasons for taking a yoga class is generally at least equal to, if not greater than, the number of new people in a class. Broadly speaking, people will be looking for one or more of three things – spiritual health, physical health, or mental health. All of these are important and all three goals are realistic to achieve in yoga. So, regardless of what you are trying to attain using yoga there’s a class and style that is right for you.
It’s indeed possible to set some solid goals many newcomers can be surprised to find that the yoga instructor is to very willing to discuss their goals with them, and talk about realistic options that might be appropriate.
Enroll on a class-by-class basis.
This is a popular option and is termed pay as you go. Since there can be regular turnover among students in class and the various levels of ability may differ widely especially in a beginners class, the instructor may be required to coach the class at a relatively low strenuous level to give each attendee a broad sense or taste of different views of yoga. The advantage here, of course, is that you are not required to undertake a series of classes before you gain a higher comfort level in your own abilities and interests. The next step is to select a series of classes focused on those areas that you’d like to focus on.
Make sure you are taught by someone who is very capable in yoga.
It is surprising given the relatively low levels of intensity and the numerous physical benefits that yoga is beginning to appear in the statistics for sports-related injuries. This may reflect a number of factors. For example, many students may unfortunately try to stretch their limits to too quickly. Or, instructors may have inadequate training or have incorrectly assessed the capabilities of individual students. Still, this may simply reflect class sizes that can be far too large to provide much needed attention to the students. The Yoga Alliance, an organization that registers teachers who have completed the “correct” training, suggests that less than 200 hours of instruction equates to just a part-time yoga instructional level. So don’t be ashamed to inquire about the instructor’s qualifications and the class size.
Beware of hidden costs.
A displeasing surprise that can turn people off yoga when attending the first class only to find there are costs that they haven’t planned for. . Some classes require book(s) needed to gain adequate understanding of lessons, or require a particular dress code ranging from specific colors to specific types of clothing. Make sure to ask about these items and your class experience will be all the more fulfilling.