If you are a single person wanting to improve your health, get a better figure and meet new people, then yoga could be a great idea for you. Not only will yoga classes introduce you to a new group of people, it is also one of the most popular and effective ways of getting fit. However, you may feel anxious about starting yoga classes if you’ve never been before. There’s no need to worry, this article will fill you in on all you need to know.
Yoga is a wonderful way to relieve stress, relax and get into shape. It is notorious for helping with ailments and injuries and is a wonderful and safe way to get fit, feel better and raise your energy levels. You will also learn how to become more flexible both literally and figuratively as you will practice the art of letting go, relaxing your mind and stretching your body. It is a comprehensive exercise that works every one of your muscles and you will soon become addicted to the sense of peace and relaxation that you achieve through the practice.
For your first class, and onwards be prepared to position your body in ways that may seem strange or slightly uncomfortable at first. You will do a lot of stretching and will be utilizing muscles you never even knew you had, so make sure that you are patient, that you don’t force yourself to do anything that hurts or feels uncomfortable and that you ease yourself into it. If you are someone who is used to going to the gym and pounding on the treadmill for an hour as a means of exercise, then you will have to drastically change your conception of physical exertion as yoga can be incredibly taxing and difficult at moments but it consists of a lot of stationary poses and exercises.
You will begin by either chanting or breathing in deeply and exhaling and you will learn to breathe in the correct manner so that oxygen fills every part of your organs and you maximize the positive effects of something that so much of us take for granted. You will have to let go of any preconceived notions you have about being self-conscious, sitting quietly in a room full of people or feeling awkward. The practice of yoga begins with learning how to breathe correctly and you will feel that much better for it.
Before your first class, try not to eat for an hour before hand
as you will be moving and posing and you don’t want to be doing so on a full stomach. If you must eat before hand try eating something light like a fruit or a yogurt so that you have the strength and agility you need to see the poses through. You should also wear exercise pants that are comfortable but not too loose as you do not want anything to get in the way of your fluid movements and positioning. Yoga is primarily done on a mat so that you aren’t lying directly on the floor. Most likely the studio you are going to has one for you to use but you might want to bring a towel with you just in case. Also, be sure to bring a water bottle with you as you will definitely work up a sweat and it is important to properly hydrate yourself. Most of all, enjoy the experience, the endorphins and the energy that you will have as a result, then continue meeting potential partners with a new-found confidence!
About the author:
Robert Boyd is the Managing Director of SportsEquip.co.uk, leading suppliers of ‘capital’ sports equipment and wet pour safety surfaces.