Walking into a yoga studio for the first time can be intimidating, so here are our tips to make it a little easier:
1.Arrive early so that you have time to get a sense of the room, where to place your yoga mat and take time to settle before class starts.
Most people arrive 10-15 minutes early to class and lie down on their yoga mat or do some stretches before class starts.
2. When you arrive, tell the teacher that this is your first yoga class and discuss any injuries or concerns you may have.
We understand that you probably don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you’re a yoga newbie or that you may have an injury, but we can tell from the first 2 minutes if you’ve done yoga before or not and we expect lots of beginners in our Vinyasa Basics classes. We also want to make sure that you don’t overdo it or hurt yourself if you have an injury and if you tell us before class, we can keep an eye on you and give you different modifications.
3. Place your yoga mat (you can borrow ours for free) where you can see the teacher.
We understand it’s tempting to hide in the back row but you won’t be able to see properly and you will find it harder to follow along.
4. No one actually cares about what you’re wearing, what you look like or what you can do in the pose.
When you step into the yoga room, you might feel like everyone is watching you but they’re not, we promise! Most people are self-conscious and are hoping that no one is judging them. Most people are so focused on themselves that they don’t even notice other people in the room. Knowing that can make you feel less self-conscious. Also, during class everyone is just trying to figure out how to do the pose and breathe at the same time that they don’t care if you can touch your toes.
5. The class will usually start in a relaxing position- sitting or lying on the floor.
The teacher will ask you to focus on your body and your breath. You see a big part of yoga is learning how to get out of our head and into our body so there’s a huge emphasis on feeling and breathing in yoga.
6. After connecting to your body and your breath, you will do some warm-up stretches on the floor to prepare yourself for the practice.
Once you’ve warmed up, you will stand up at the front of your mat for ‘sun salutations’. These are a feature of vinyasa-style yoga where you connect your movement to your breath. Sun salutations warm up the spine, strengthen the upper body and core and stretch the spine and hamstrings. You will likely spend about half the class doing standing yoga poses which strengthen and tone the legs and stretch the hips, groin and spine. You will probably begin to sweat but we have air-con so it won’t be like a sauna.
7. During the class, you will be invited to ‘take a break’ in child’s pose. This is a resting yoga pose, where you’re kneeling down with your head on the floor.
You can take a break in child’s pose at any time. So if you feel out of breath, if you need to catch your breath or if you just don’t feel like participating, take child’s pose. The cool thing about yoga is that everything is optional. You won’t be forced to do anything, you can sit down or lie down or even take a nap in class if that’s what you want. Lots of students decide to nap in class and we encourage it.
8. Near the end of the class, you will do some stretches sitting down or lying down. This will feel good after you’ve warmed your body.
The final pose in yoga is Savasana. This is done lying down on your back, relaxing. The teacher will play music or perhaps give you an eye pillow and you will just relax in stillness for about 5 minutes. There’s nothing you need to do, Savasana is the time where you integrate all the benefits of the previous poses. You may find that you drift off into sleep or perhaps you write your shopping list in your head. It doesn’t matter, this is your time for yourself.
9. After Savasana, you will come back to a sitting position. The class will chant the mantra ‘Om’.
This is completely optional, you don’t have to do it. Om creates a sound vibration which unifies the energy in the room and closes off the practice. It’s a nod to the traditional lineage of yoga which is thousands of years old and is the sound of the Universe. It’s really calming on the nervous system and helps to relax the mind But if you feel anxious or self-conscious about chanting you don’t have to do it.
10. The class will finish by saying ‘Namaste’ (pronounced NA- MUH- STAY).
Again this is respecting the traditional roots of yoga. At it’s simplest, it is a sign of acknowledgement and gratitude for the class. The deeper meaning of Namaste is that the source of life within you is the same as the source of life within me, at our essence we’re made of the same stuff.
Most people never start yoga because they don’t want to be seen as a beginner. Don’t be most people.
Beginner’s Yoga classes in Brisbane
We’re experts at teaching yoga to beginners and we offer more beginner’s yoga classes than most other Brisbane yoga studios. Our beginner yoga classes are called Vinyasa Basics and they are on at different times each day.
Vinyasa Basics classes are filled with people who haven’t done much yoga before or for people who want a more gentle yoga class, so you won’t be the odd one out. If you’re nervous about attending, bring a friend so that you feel less awkward.
There are no splits, handstands or crazy pretzel poses. Just the basic yoga poses. We don’t expect that you will be flexible or be able to touch your toes, flexibility is just a by-product of a regular yoga practice.
Because we specialise in teaching beginner’s yoga, our classes attract up to 30 people. We don’t allow any more than that so that everyone has enough space and attention.
But if you find that 30 people is a bit intimidating for your first yoga class, our Beginner’s Yoga course is only a small group of 16 with 2 teachers to give you the one-on-one support you need. Our Beginner’s Yoga Courses ae run over 3 consecutive days (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday) and after the weekend you will have the skills to attend any yoga class with confidence.