I’m so excited to announce that I will be teaching yoga on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm starting on August 20th! I feel even more enthusiastic, because I’ll be bringing yoga to part of the community that isn’t practicing.
Crossfit Double Time is where the classes will be held and check out the beautiful space that they created. I’m a fan of all things related to fitness and health so I hope to learn all about Crossfit, while I can teach them about yoga.
This new adventure got me thinking that for a real first time yoga student it might be a little daunting to take a class. Trust me, I know I’ll be a little nervous for my first crossfit class. 🙂 I still remember my first yoga class and the time it takes, and still takes to develop a solid, well aligned practice. The very best thing about yoga is that it’s a practice in the now…there are no 6 week challenges, it’s not a competition, no specific poses that win you medals, it’s not focused on speed, personal time records or even your flexibility. I know a few of you are reading this and arguing that you can’t do yoga, because you aren’t flexible! (Trust me, just take a class!)
When someone says yoga you probably picture some contortionist in a beautiful pose on some exotic beach…thanks instagram. 😉 While that is lovely, and that is that person’s yoga it isn’t the imagery that should stop YOU from trying out a real life yoga class.
Yoga is about you; it’s your time to come back to yourself, the union of your mind, body and spirit.
Here are a few things to start absorbing before your first class:
- Shoes are left outside of the room and you practice barefoot.
- Bringing your own mat is probably the best choice, because you are going to sweat, lay and walk all over it.
- You want to wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and that won’t get stuck under your feet, or distract you. I’m a huge Lululemon fan!
- Cell phones can be left with your shoes and remain outside of the studio
- Depending on the style of the class and the class level you should be prepared to work. Yes, yoga creates flexibility, but it also will strengthen and challenge you.
- “Sanskrit has been called the mother of all Indo-European languages”. This is the language that you will hear many yoga teachers speaking when they teach. It’s believed that the vibrations of these ancient words are healing and powerful. Practicing a pose while hearing the Sanskrit name can help you embody the pose.
- Asana means seat or pose and “asana” will be in most pose names. For newer students most of the poses will be given in their English name first and then possibly in Sanskrit. An example would be Mountain Pose or Tadasana. What’s even better is that the teacher will demo a lot in the beginner classes, so even if you have no idea what the pose name is you will visually be able to see what you should be doing.
- Namaste which is usually said at the end of class means ” I bow to you.” It’s the acknowledgement of another person’s light, soul or just overall awesomeness that you bow to. Knowing that the same light and divinity is also within yourself.
- Savasana (Corpse Pose) is at the end of every class. We practice this pose to fully relax while being conscious, to let the benefits of our practice sink in, and to prepare for meditation.
- Don’t compare your practice to anyone else in the room. It’s a major waste of your energy! Instead be so present in your ability to listen to the teacher and feel how the teaching cues speak to your body. This type of focus over time leads to power; feeling powerful in your body and in your mind.
- Om-ing is a completely normal thing for most yogis. The sound and vibration of Om (or AUM) resonates with the universe and all living things. The sounds of Om (ahhh-ohhh-mmm) is one of the most popular and shortest chants. Collectively the group will Om not only to collectively bring the energy of the group together, but it has a way of centering and energizing you in an instant.
- Don’t eat a big meal before class. A lot of the poses require you to twist, stretch, and to work your “edge” whether that be with your flexibility, strength or endurance. Digesting your meal should be something that your body does outside of class. I have a fast metabolism, so I will usually eat a banana or an apple before class, just to make sure that I’m not practicing hungry.
- Bring a sense of curiosity and openness to class. So much of your class experience will depend on what you have going on in your mind. Do you best, show up, have fun and let yourself define what yoga is to you.
Can’t wait to see you on the mat!!!