What to consider when attending your first yoga + movement class
Hi I am Kayla, owner of Kayla Chantel Yoga! Whether you are preparing for your first class EVER, or just the first time at a new studio, there are a few things you can do to prepare! Check out the list and then add your tips in the comments!
OK let's get into it. Here are my 5 tips to prepare for your first class
Tip #1 - Check to see if they have an etiquette policy
Some studios have very specific rules about electronics, chatter, and shoes. They will usually post this on their website so you know what to expect when you arrive!
For instance, at Kayla Chantel Yoga, we ask that you arrive no later than 5 minutes prior to the beginning of class. This gives you an opportunity to get set up, collect any props you may need, and take a few moments to get settled.
Tip #2 - Bring a yoga mat and water
For the most part you will want to bring these two items with you to a class. I keep one or two extra mats for those who forget theirs, but your mat is such a personal, sacred piece of your practice! This is what supports you throughout the class, so having your own mat is preferable!
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita
Tip #3 - Meet yourself where you are *today*
The past two years have been a lot! Maybe you haven't been moving quite as much as you did before. Don't worry about doing what you did back then, just focus on what feels good today. Comparing our practice today to our practice yesterday, last week, or last month doesn't serve us. That was then, this is now. Meet yourself where you are today, and let that be okay!
Tip #4 - Eat a little something + hydrate
Please, do not forget to nourish your body. Have a little snack, something that will fuel your body for your movement practice. You probably won't want to have a big meal, but just something small. Your car can't take you very far on an empty gas tank, don't expect your body to either. If you are doing any kind of warm/hot yoga, please PLEASE ensure you have had enough water that day.
Tip #5 - Remember to have FUN!
Your movement practice should be fun above all else. It should spark joy and bring you a sense of calm, relaxation, and happiness. If you enjoy what you are doing, the benefit is tenfold.
I hope these tips help you feel more prepared for your first class!
If you are in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and are new to yoga + movement, or just want to try a class with someone new, I would LOVE to see you in a class soon! Check out our testimonials to see what people are saying about Kayla Chantel Yoga - if it sounds good to you then click here to sign up for a class!