Every yoga practitioner was once a beginner. Over the past few years, yoga has been grouped as one of the hottest sports and it is no doubt that the types of classes are getting much more diverse, ranging from the traditional Ashtanga to sweaty Bikram. As a newbie, you should first pick a type of class that suits and interests you before you embark on any yoga regiment which does not come cheap. It is highly recommended that you do your own research to know which yoga style suits you best. However, if you are considering between a few styles, you can look up for trial classes offered by some yoga centers or studios. Otherwise, you may opt for online promotions via GroupOn, MyDeal, and so on. This will give you an exposure on what the yoga style you picked feels like which you may or may not get from watching YouTube.
Next, you should find a class be it in the gym, studios or even going for yoga retreats, based on what you are looking for. Gym centers would be essential for those who wants to get in shape only whereas if you want an in-depth training that includes spiritual element, opt for yoga studio or yoga retreats. You may also want to check the timings available at the gym, yoga centers or studios. Depending on you expect out of a class, whether is it to build strength, relaxation, or to improve flexibility, check if the timings for the classes you are interested are suitable for you. For working adults, suitable timings are usually before and after work, during lunch or weekends.
It is also important to bring what you need during your class. Check if the yoga center or studio provides yoga mats, towels, lockers, and water. Otherwise, prepare these things before attending the class. Also, to be on the safe side, it is fine for beginners not to invest in an utterly expensive yoga mat because you would not know if you will be doing yoga for the long haul. Thus, getting a yoga mat from departmental stores is perfectly fine as yoga mats generally serve the same purpose. Lastly, always be reminded not to have heavy meals prior to any classes as it may cause you to feel nauseous. If you are on an empty stomach, you may munch on few pieces of biscuits at most. I hope this article will help you in finding the suitable yoga style.
[Vivien Phang of 200 Hr Hatha Vinyasa YTTC]