Yoga has become a trendy sport in the last few years, and for many good reasons. It helps practice a healthy lifestyle without the strain and stress of a traditional workout, and many of the stretches or poses can be done nearly anywhere. 

Furthermore, yoga has been proven to improve many areas of a person’s health, such as cardiovascular and respiratory systems, flexibility, and reduce stress. Yoga teacher, Jolene Cherry, observes that with yoga’s popularity and several health benefits, many people want to try it, but starting any new sport can often seem daunting.

Below, Jolene Cherry shares a helpful guide for prospective new yoga students so that they can begin their yoga journey with confidence and tranquility.

What to Expect

First of all, it’s important to know and accept that you aren’t going to nail every yoga pose and stretch right away, and that’s okay. It takes time, patience, and practice to be an expert at yoga, so don’t feel like you’re a failure if you’re not good at it right away. While you’re getting used to each pose, don’t feel self-conscious, either; everyone else in the class was once in the same shoes, and it’s a no-judgment zone. If you’re still nervous about it, joining a beginner’s group is a great option.

Also, don’t feel the need to change your lifestyle because of yoga entirely. While many people develop new habits when they start yoga, such as meditating regularly and modifying their diet, that is not a requirement. You’re free to do whatever you want and still enjoy yoga.

During the class, your yoga instructor may want to adjust your positions. They do this with nearly all of their students to help them learn. Feel free to let them know what you’re okay with, and they’ll be happy to accommodate you. 

Lastly, don’t forget to breathe. This may seem like a fundamental fact you shouldn’t have to think about, but breathing techniques and control are essential in yoga. Throughout the class, your instructor will help guide your breathing.

Basic Yoga Class Etiquette

Many people don’t think it’s okay to talk to their yoga instructor during the class, but they are there to guide you after all, and that means asking questions. However, some instructors prefer silence throughout the class, so ask them beforehand.

Other basic rules are to remove your shoes, arrive a few minutes early, avoid talking to others during class, and turn off your cellphone. Being respectful of others, the instructor, and space are a few other standard etiquette rules that especially apply in the yoga classroom. 

What to Wear and Bring

When getting ready to go to class, keep your bag simple. There’s no need to purchase expensive, fancy clothes and accessories. 

Stick to a comfortable, stretchy, breathable outfit to wear, a yoga mat, a towel, and a water bottle to stay hydrated. Some people will bring a few extras, such as makeup and deodorant, to freshen up afterward. 

About Jolene Cherry:

Jolene Cherry is the go-to yoga instructor and personal trainer in Portland, Oregon, for those looking to reach physical fitness and harmony in life. Combining her passion for travel, physical fitness, and meditation, she studied with renowned yoga instructors in Thailand as well as Hawaii. Jolene also offers guidance for healthy nutrition to strike a perfect balance in your life.