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New to Yoga?

How to prepare for your first yoga class

It's always helpful to know what to expect when you're doing something new. When you're better informed and prepared you can feel more comfortable and get acclimated to the activity faster.

For beginners, it's recommended to start yoga in-person. This way a certified yoga instructor can guide you in proper alignment, provide suggestions and modifications for your specific needs as you begin your yoga practice.

Attending an in-person yoga session in Chicago can cost between $20- $30 but with in-studio packages or monthly memberships, the cost can become more affordable.

Private yoga sessions in Chicago can cost $1-$2 per minute (on average $90 per session).

Which yoga class is right for me?

There are different kinds of yoga, which vary by energy level, difficulty, purpose, and discipline. For example, you may have heard of "Hatha", "Vinyasa", "Ashtanga" , "Restorative", or "Yin". Some of these create heat, making you sweat. While some of these are more calming and meditative. Knowing what kind of class you're heading into will help manage your expectations.

What to wear to class

If you're heading to a more energetic yoga class such as a Hatha or a Vinyasa class, it's suggested to wear comfortable workout clothes that you're okay sweating in. These types of yoga are typically done barefoot.

For Restorative or Yin yoga, looser fitting workout clothing or even an old T-shirt will do the trick. Often times, socks and a sweater can be worn to stay warm and cozy during these kinds of yoga practices.

Some yogis will wear socks that have non-slip grips at the bottom.

After just a few classes, you'll know what works best for you and for the classes you like to attend.

Try to "wear" a neutral smell to yoga. Pefumes, colognes, or any strong body smells can be a little distracting for others. For some, the artificial smells can trigger headaches and migraines.

What to bring

For yoga you need the following:

A yoga mat

Water bottle

A hand towel or yoga towel

Yoga props

Good listening 👍🏽

A positive attitude & an open mind 😁

Check with the yoga studio you are attending to see if it provides some of the above. Most studios have yoga mats for free/rent and yoga props.

Arriving to the yoga studio

Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early to a yoga studio new to you. Often times, the yoga studio will need you to fill out a waiver. This will also give you time to acclimate yourself to the space and chat a little with the yoga instructor.

Other tips

Avoid eating a big meal before a yoga class

Silence your phone

Go to the bathroom before class

Respect others

Arrive on time

If you need to leave early, tell the instructor before class starts but try to stay for the whole class (don't skip savasana)

Ask questions

Don't forget to laugh

Try not to compare - yoga is an individual practice

It's okay to say "no" to the teachers hands-on adjustments

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