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
I 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.
-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.
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
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.
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!