What to Wear?
Wear form-fitting clothing with moisture-wick potential. Women, remember some poses have you hanging upside down, a loose fitting shirt is not only embarrassing; it’s actually dangerous. Form-fitting clothes help your yoga instructor to check your form.
Other than yoga pants, this sport does not require much. A mat, and some blocks perhaps, but most yoga studios have these items to borrow. Call ahead just in case. If you come to love yoga, which we are sure you will, you might want to invest in your own mat after a few weeks. Initially, take the opportunity to use studio mats to test differing thicknesses and materials.
Early is Actually on Time
Show up at least a few minutes early to find a spot where you will be comfortable. New students often like to be toward the back of the class to ensure they can see the instructor and fellow classmates. Make sure you can see and hear your instructor clearly. Feel the floor; select a mat with a good thickness. Assess the temperature. Will it be warm enough? Too warm? Adjust wardrobe accordingly. Talk to the instructor, address all concerns, ask questions; inform them of any injuries or restrictions.
Leave Life at the Door – with your Shoes and Socks
- Take off your shoes and socks as you come in. Sometimes there will be a cubby or basket, other times shoes will be lined up against a wall.
- Cell phones and electronics ought to be left outside of the room. Not only do they provide distraction to the teacher and fellow classmates, causing injuries, but the radiation from the phones disrupts the sanctuary of health in the room.
Variety is the Spice of Life
There are lots and lots of types of yoga; Aspen Club and Spa offers at least twelve different classes of varying difficulty and designed for diverse needs. A Yoga Basics class is a great place to start. Before trying a new class, carefully read the class description. Some yoga classes are slow, others are more fast-paced, still others require detailed prop use.
Want a Great Workout? Try Yoga.
Sustained balance postures and poses require muscles to work hard, but in a low-impact way. This improves core muscles, builds strength and endurance.
Yoga is More than a Workout; It’s a Way of Life.
- One of the greatest attributes of yoga is the sense of wellbeing that accompanies a yoga session. A decrease in stress is tangible with regular practice of yoga.
- In addition to the spiritual benefits of yoga, there are also therapeutic benefits. Yoga helps align the spine; practicing yoga purifies and oxygenates the blood, and stimulates circulatory and digestive systems.
Yoga Improves Flexibility
In addition to lowering stress levels and providing a great workout, yoga increases flexibility. Deep breathing and long stretches allow the body stretch and limber up. Athletes of all sports have found the improved flexibility yoga provides to help them avoid injury and recover from injury more quickly than prior to beginning yoga.
As incredible as the yoga poses are for the body, equally important is the regulated and deep breathing that accompanies these poses. Proper breathing, demonstrated and taught by the instructor, is essential to experiencing the full benefit of yoga to the mind, body and spirit. Further, careful breathing is essential to avoiding injury.
Some yoga classes include chanting. While some feel uncomfortable with this at first, give it a try! The vibrations resonating through the body feel good; they help to focus the body and mind. The chant has m much to offer, so be sure to leave ego at the door, and experience the fullness and complete benefits of yoga.
Stay Hydrated and Enjoy!
Now that you know just what to expect; head on over to a class at Aspen Club and Spa to select your first yoga class and join the trend in exploring this new form of fitness and wellbeing!