Top Tips for Yoga Beginners

1. Find a class that suits you
Do some research and find a class that aligns with your goals. If you are looking for something a bit more athletic and want to sweat, look for words like “strong” and “power flow” in the class description. If you want to chill out, look for terms such as “gentle flow” or “restorative” class.

2. Get the gear
You can start with a basic mat from Target,  but you might want to invest in a more expensive mat once you’re hooked. In terms of apparel, since yoga classes can feel like an athletic-wear fashion show, you need something that’s going to move with you, stay in place, and make you look awesome. Check out Fabletics to get a complete (& cute!) yoga outfit for only $25.

3. Be early
Plan to arrive a few minutes early so you have time to ask the instructor about any questions you might have. Pick a spot in the room where you can see the teacher and also glance around at other people as you’re learning the poses.

4. Remember that the instructor isn’t judging you
They’re not checking you out to see how flexible you are (or aren’t): If your teacher is looking at you, it’s not to judge whether or not you can straighten your legs in Down Dog (so don’t quickly press your heels to the floor if you catch a glimpse your way!). He or she wants to make sure you’re doing a pose safely and comfortably.

5. Enjoy the practice
Your new yoga routine will strengthen your whole body in a really balanced way – it relaxes and cleanses your muscles like a deep tissue massage. You’ll increase your flexibility, enjoy better posture, start breathing more deeply, and. . .improve your social life? Sarah even got a date from a yoga class!

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