How To Make The Most Of Your Yoga Classes

Yoga is a great way to keep fit, reduce anxiety, and improve stamina and flexibility, and taking a class is a fantastic way of learning yoga and meeting new people. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you make the most of your yoga class.

Choose The Right Yoga Teacher

Every yoga teacher is different and will have a different approach to yoga. In order to make the most of your classes, you should find a teacher who is a good fit. For example, is the class too slow or too fast for you? Do you find their explanations of poses and movements easy to follow? Do you find their teaching style suits your needs? If not, don't be afraid to find a new class and teacher. You also need to find a teacher that offers the type of yoga you are interested in – the Guardian explains the differences between some popular types of yoga such as vigorous ashtanga, flowing vinyasa, or gentle Hatha.

Make Sure You're Ready For Class

You won't be able to make the most of your yoga class if you are not ready for it on the day, so take a little time to prepare. Start with your outfit – wear comfortable, stretchy clothes and make sure that they don't ride up or fall down when you do yoga. If you have long hair, you should also tie your hair up so it doesn't fall in your face, as well as pack a bottle of water to drink during or after class, as well as a towel. Some yoga studios and gyms do provide yoga mats, so find out what the situation is in advance and take one if you need one. The Independent has a good guide to buying a yoga mat, explaining you need to take weight and texture into account when choosing.

Develop Your Home Practise

You may be happy only doing yoga during your classes, but you can improve your stamina and skills by practising yoga at home, which will be especially useful if you only take classes once or twice a week. You could try repeating moves that you do during classes and making up your own yoga flow, or following an online yoga video. If you're not sure what to do, ask your yoga instructor for ideas. This will eventually help you to find the poses easier and help you get used to the transitions between poses, as well as keeping you fit.

If you choose the right yoga teacher and class for your skill level, interests, and personality, as well as preparing for each class and practising yoga at home, you can easily make the most of every class.

For more information, reach out to a yoga instructor near you.