Five Things You Need to Know About Doing Yoga

Five Things You Need to Know About Doing Yoga

Hello again, yogi’s and future yogi’s!

 

Today I want to go over a few things about yoga that you will want to know. Whether you are doing some research on whether or not it’s for you, or you are getting into the practice / love the practice. There are so many things that happen in a yoga class and I want to give you some pointers to help understand what to expect.

Don’t be scared there’s nothing out of the ordinary that happens, I promise you that much.

So here we go, enjoy!


There Will Be Boys

Five Things You Need to Know About Doing YogaI said it. There will be males present but that’s okay.

I think it’s great when guys come to yoga. To me it means that they are stepping out of their comfort zone to try something new.

I know there was the joke when yoga first came out how they are just there to stare at your bum but it is totally not true. I see so many guys attending a yoga class now and all the power to them. And honestly, some of them are really good at it too. Which means they practice a lot.

That’s one of my favourite parts about yoga – everyone is welcome. As long as you are present on your mat then it’s a great atmosphere.

Once I was going to hot yoga and my friend Sean came with me. It was a really full class so I was a little nervous for him considering he wasn’t very practiced. I don’t really think he knew what to expect but again, I was really proud of him for stepping out of his comfort zone. At the end of the class I remember him saying how much he enjoyed it and how much he sweat.

I wasn’t able to get him back out again but who knows what could happen!

We All Grunt

Well maybe you can call it an extended exhale but usually it sounds a lot more like a grunt.

Yoga is so dependant on your breath and how you breathe. The instructors guide you through your sequence through inhales and exhales.

For example: 

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-Exhale into a forward fold

-Inhale to bring yourself into downward dog

It just makes sense when you are exhaling into a deep stretch that it comes out audible. It’s a really cool experience in a class sequence when basically everyone does it at once.

It’s also a really refreshing feeling letting out a long sigh when you get into a pose. It’s like a ‘ahhh’ I made it.

For those of you who have done yoga, you know what I am talking about. You use your breath to get you into the stretch deeper. It’s a cleansing breath where you let everything go.

No One’s Looking At What You Wear

I mean that in the sense that yes, if you have a cute top on, I’m going to notice and probably ask you where you got it from. However, if you’re all decked out in the most expensive gear, I’m not gunna be like – ‘oh they must know what they’re doing’.

For me, I am a firm second hand store shopper and I get a lot of really cool things from stores. I rarely ever buy my self something brad new actually and this goes for my active wear clothes as well.

When you go to yoga you want to wear whatever is comfortable for you not what ever is the most expensive.

I do recommend wearing a tighter fitting shirt though. I have done yoga in a loose shirt and it totally falls into my face when I do a forward fold or downward dog. I really did not enjoy that.

But, when you are going to yoga, do not feel insecure about what clothes you are wearing because it is not a fashion statement.

Five Things You Need to Know About Doing Yoga

Everyone Is Learning

Even the most experienced yogi’s are learning and trying new poses. It may seem that they have mastered everything but that’s just what you see. They could be really good at a pose but don’t like or, have muscle memory from doing it so many times.

Back to the point,

No matter how well someone does in a yoga class – they are still learning new things to try. 

It’s like when you get your balance poses down, then you start exploring them and getting into harder poses. You’re still learning.

Or when you finally master crows pose and start turning it into a head stand.

When you get into a back bend and can start lifting up one leg.

What I am trying to say is that we are all going through our personal yoga journey and learning what all our bodies can do.

No One’s Judging You

Surprising hey? Five Things You Need to Know About Doing Yoga

This is probably number one even though it’s the last one to note.

Very important though – no one’s judging you. The person behind you is not thinking ‘oh wow, they can’t go into a full forward fold – what are they doing here?’

The person behind you is thinking, ‘how can I push myself and get the best out of this pose?’

Yoga is for the most part a very personal practice and I know when I go to a yoga class I am not even a little bit concerned with what other people are doing.

You can tell when someone is a beginner only because they haven’t learn all of the cues that come with time but not once does it affect anyone else and not once does the class stop and look at what’s happening.

I think the most you will get is a laugh if you accidentally let out a toot. Which happens, don’t worry. But farts are funny. There’s no way around it.


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I would just like to say a quick shout out to everyone who read this and would love to hear your feedback on this post.

Let me know what your number one ‘thing’ is for yoga or what you have learned along the way.

 

As always, have a great day!

 

Cheers

Kahlua

kgordin@thealldayyoga.com

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11 Responses

  1. Irma says:

    Great post and great timing. I was just talking to a friend yesterday about learning yoga and which classes to go to. The Fall rec center calendar came out. Probably will skip hot yoga this time around.

    Is there a specific type of yoga that you recommend for beginners? I know there are many types of yoga.

    I sure hope there are guys because I think inclusion is better than exclusion in pretty everything.

    • admin says:

      Hi Irma, thank you for your kind words.

      That makes me really happy that you are interested in learning yoga and I sincerely recommend you do it. It is just a wonderful experience.

      As far as picking your classes goes – most of the schedules will rate the class (begginer / intermediate) but as a beginner stray away from a flow / vinyasa in the beginning. It’s a more fast paced yoga and you may find yourself a little lost.

      Don’t worry though, it won’t take long for you to get into the groove and love yoga as much as we all do!

      Thank you for the comment,
      Kahlua

  2. Benji says:

    This was a really unique take on doing yoga that I haven’t come across before so thanks for this awesome list!
    As a guy, the idea of doing yoga is definitely intimidating but I appreciate you taking the time to combat the issue! Do you think there is a solution to this?
    I imagine yoga is similar to the gym, when you first go you think everyone is watching you and laughing at how small your weights are, but after a while you realize they’re more preoccupied with doing their own thing!
    Great article.

    • admin says:

      Benji,

      Thank you!

      As far as doing yoga and being a male – just GO for it! You will end up loving it. I can understand how it is intimidating considering it is mainly females who go to yoga but really the only solution is to dive in.

      The least you can do is try it right?

      You could also be like my friend Sean and go with one of your girlfriends the first time. Then you know you have back up!

      Cheers,
      Kahlua

  3. Bob says:

    H Kahlua,
    What a beautiful name, Kahlua. I love the image at the top of this page. One arm sticking out of a field of chaff. Very appropriate. I think what you say about yoga is very true. You’re talking of course about yoga classes. I have taken a few Bikram or “hot” yoga classes, and they are very challenging. They are done in the dark so no one can really see you or judge you. I like that. I also do yoga at home every morning. I do around 10 assanas or postures. I have been doing them for 40+ years and haven’t missed more than one or two days per year. I won’t leave the house without doing them, pretty much. They only take around 7 minutes. Then I do pranayana, a breathing exercise before 20 minutes of meditation. I love your blog! Keep writing!

    • admin says:

      Thank you for the comment on my name. I certainly have not met another Kahlua!

      That’s so great to hear that you have incorporated yoga & meditiation into your morning routine. I am sure you have learned all of the benefits for mind and body that have come with your practice.

      Also, thank you for the kind words about this blog. Much appreciated.

      Cheers,
      Kahlua

  4. Rob says:

    Hey Kahlua, I took yoga years ago and I just started practicing again. I missed it. It really relaxes me and helps me with weight loss. I guess I was concerned in the beginning about what people thought but what the heck, who cares, right? The bottom line is that yoga is healthy and everyone should be doing it. Thanks for the tips 🙂
    ~Rob

    • admin says:

      Hi Rob!

      You are totally right! I understand being uncomfortable when you go to the first few yoga classes. It’s like being the new kid at school right? You don’t know if people are looking at you or judging you and it’s a little scary. I wanted to really highlight that this is not the case in a class yoga. I hope I was able to push that message.

      We are all there for ourselves and anyone’s success in the class is great for everyone.

      Thank you for the comment,
      Kahlua

  5. Rui says:

    Great article with very helpful information for yoga beginners.

    I participated in a couple of yoga classes and it is true what you said about nobody is looking. Is really true! Besides being a man (yes, a man can do yoga) I did not feel an allien in those classes.

    Thank you.

    • admin says:

      That’s great to hear!

      Your comment is proof to any other readers that no, you will not be judged. I appreciate that!

      I am also happy to hear that you have participated in yoga and I hope you keep it up!

      Cheers,
      Kahlua

  6. Andrew says:

    Hi kahlua, Great post. Yes, I have been known to let out a few grunts in my 10 years of practicing yoga! Ok, a little more than a few, especially in the ashtanga classes when the temperature is up around 40 degrees Celcius! (Our teacher refuses to use the aircon unit). Being the only guy in a class full of females has never worried me, and conversely, sometimes recently there have only been guys in the class. Nobody cares. Everyone is there to do their own stuff, and there is never any judgment, just supportive fun and laughter. I can’t imagine life without yoga and meditation now.
    Love your site.
    Many thanks for sharing,
    Andrew

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