Congratulations, you've decided to take your first yoga class! Experiencing a live class with other students and a teacher who can work one on one with you is such a wonderful treat, and is recommended for anyone who wants to take their practice to the next level.
Many people dedicate themselves to a certain teacher or studio, and if you have the extra cash flow to pay for a membership, this is highly recommended. Yoga teachers must take a minimum of 200 hours of training. They learn how to to properly do the poses, and a really good yoga teacher will even take anatomy. Having a teacher in the room with you assists in learning the poses correctly. The most important part of yoga is being kind to your body and doing the poses correctly, no matter how far you can stretch out and show off once you're in them.
The first class could be a little nerve-wracking, especially if you are unsure of what to expect. Never fear, this list has been compiled by a seasoned yogi class jumper, and will make the transition to a live class painless and stress free.
You will need:
- A moderately sized dufflebag, nothing too large. Think the size of a going away for a day or two bag. If you'd like something durable and fancy, check these bags out. Nike and Adidas also make wonderful gym bags that double up as yoga bags.
- A stretchy, comfortable outfit. Sports bra, well fitting tank tops, yoga pants, or shorts make a great combination. For men, keep it simple with some tight fitting shorts and a decently tight tank top. Loose clothes may result in the person in back of you getting a sneak peak of your goodies.
- A waterbottle, preferably BPA free plastic or glass with delicious, ice cold filtered water ready for guzzling after an extremely long bridge pose. Bonus points for hand knitted or crocheted water bottle cozy!
- An extra pair of warm, fuzzy socks. Yogis love to live in our sandals, who needs shoes anyways? While most of us would prefer to go around barefoot any chance we get, a sockless savasana is a cold savasana. Consider packing an ultralight blanket, too. Just in case.
- A yoga mat, of course. Some studios do have hard floors, which makes two regular yoga mats or one super thick yoga mat ideal.
- Props, like stretching bands or blocks. If you have bad knees, opt for a bolster for under the knees during savasana. It makes a big difference in your lower back!
- Some additional items to consider: extra hair ties, hand sanitizer, non-slip towel, facial or baby wipes for sweat, and your yoga journal.
Remember to silence your phones, open your minds and be ready for a wonderful experience. Of course, you could just forget all of this and wing it - that's how most of us learned in the beginning.
What about you, what's your expert yoga survival kit? Write to us below!