If you’re new to yoga, it can often seem intimidating and confusing, and perhaps you’d like to give it a go but just don’t know where to start! With our new beginners course starting on Thursday 5th May with the brilliant Robi Giannatiempo, we thought we’d give you a quick run down on what to expect and a few helpful tips to help you find your feet as you embark on your yoga journey.
Our beginners yoga class is designed to lead you step by step through Asanas (poses), Pranayama (breath control) and relaxation techniques to help you build confidence and a strong foundation for your yoga practice. We slow things down just enough to break down the basics of alignment, including modifications to ensure safety on the mat. We’ll also introduce some of the philosophical and traditional teachings that are at the core of the practice. Here we help to facilitate your first steps on the path of self awareness. If some of the philosophy doesn’t resonate, you can just let it go and still enjoy the other benefits of the practice.
Each week we will focus on a different area to help you develop your practice and prepare you for the next level. We’ll be working through…
– Sun salutations
– Standing Asanas
Don’t worry we will take you through each area step by step and here are a few handy hints to get you started….
- Wear comfy clothing: That allow you to move freely. Yoga is best practised bare foot so no need for any special socks or shoes.
- Bring a bottle of water: But that’s it, we provide every thing else.
- Don’t take class on a full stomach: Try to eat at least an hour before so that you’re not bending or twisting on a full stomach.
- Grab our props: We provide blocks, bolsters, blankets and straps to help you maintain safe alignment, facilitate stretching and take unnecessary stress off joints so grab whatever you may need at the beginning of class.
- Release tension: Clenching your hands or feet or even your jaw is very common when you’re first starting. Relax into your body and you’ll see that the more you let go and release, the easier every posture will feel.
- Focus on breathing: it may sound simple but paying attention to your breathe is integral to yoga. Connecting to your breathe will help you feel present and allows your energy to flow so, when you feel your mind wander, think about lengthening your inhales and exhales: it’s the best way to calm down, release stress and bring your attention back to your here and now.
- If you need a break, rest in Child’s Pose: Always go at your own pace and if you feel your body needs a rest, don’t be afraid to pause in child’s pose. It will help you relax, breathe and tune into your body’s needs
- Ask questions: Being a newbie can be intimidating, but we’ve all been there!
- Talk to the teacher: Have a chat with the teacher before or after class if there’s any thing in particular you’d like to work on or have any personal questions – we’re always happy to help!
- Remember every one started as a beginner! In a few months, you may be flying through postures but for now let yourself have the opportunity to be a real beginner! Revered in a yoga practice, the idea of a “beginner’s mind” means heading to your mat with no preconceived notions about what you can or can’t accomplish or poses you can or can’t do. Leave your expectations at the door, take a bit of time for yourself, relax and enjoy.
There is no such thing as a typical ‘yogi’. Everyone is welcome so come and join us and find out what it’s all about.
Yoga for Beginners Every Thursday at 6:15pm with Robi