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Optimizing the Benefits of Your Yoga Class

Updated on January 9, 2016

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For beginners, participating in yoga classes is the best avenue for them to acquire all the basic yoga skills and knowledge they could learn. Read further below to learn more about how you can make the most out of your yoga class.

Selecting Your Class

Your ability to maximize your yoga class begins even before your actual classes start. Therefore, you need to consider this more seriously as it can have significant impact on the results you can get from your practice. Never pressure yourself into signing up for a class just so you can enroll yourself into a yoga routine. Take your time and make sure that the specific class in consideration has got all the requirements you need.

One tip that you can use is to list down specific requirements from ayoga class. Examine each yoga studio you could possibly find and take notes of features, services and specializations. With these two data at hand, you can now make a valid comparison between the two to determine what yoga style or from which yoga studio to take your classes from. If you have special needs, make an effort to talk to any representative from the yoga studio to communicate your needs and determine whether they have the capacity to fulfill them. You can use their professional knowledge to gain a deeper insight into your possible choices.

Skilled and Knowledgeable Instructor

In connection with your yoga class, you need to invest on your selection process for your yoga instructor. The same requirements can be used with choosing your yoga class with your yoga instructor. If possible, go for individual yoga classes over group sessions. The latter setup could still prove effective if you have a skilled instructor to guide you through each step of your session, ensuring that all poses are well executed so you can optimize results.

Your working relationship with the yoga instructor is also important. So, go for someone whom you are comfortable with since you can easily discuss with them your goals and they can provide substantial feedback that will facilitate for your progress in your yoga practice.

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Getting Ready

Prior to attending your yoga class, there are some necessary preparation procedures to keep in mind. Here are some important reminders for you to bear in mind:

  • If your class is held at a yoga studio, be early. Make sure you get there about 15 minutes before the actual start of your class. This should be enough time for you to mentally and physically prepare for your class.
  • If you need certain props for your yoga sessions (i.e. Chair, yoga mat, etc), prepare them as soon as you arrive. This will ensure that you have everything you need so you can get on smoothly.
  • Yoga space is very important. This will be the space around you that will enable you to execute your yoga poses without restrictions. If you are joining a group session, make sure that you are evenly spaced out from other yoga practitioners to prevent being in contact with each other in the process.
  • You are not allowed to excuse yourself in the middle of your class. Hence, go to the bathroom prior to starting your class to avoid interruptions of this kind.

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Yoga Clothing

Unlike other sports or physical activities that require specific clothing or gears to use, yoga offers you freedom to wear any type of clothing you want. However, you cannot simply wear anything and expect to get the same results. It is important to bear in mind what you should NOT wear. This includes tight-fitting clothes, very loose clothing, jewelries, and socks.

Wear something that you are comfortable with and allow you enough movement. Comfortable clothing will reduce the possibility of making adjustments or being too conscious about what you are wearing. You must not wear jewelries at all cost too since it can cause injuries in the process. If possible, perform yoga on bare feet to avoid slipping or sliding that might cause serious injuries.

Focus on Individual Goals

Yoga is not competitive. Therefore, you need to avoid the tendency of having to try and catch up with how far along others have gone into their practice of yoga. This is a huge possibility among those involved with yoga group session. You need to understand that each participant have different goals for doing yoga – either for fitness, cure for certain conditions, or improving health condition. Therefore, you need not lose sight of yours. In fact, you need to look at each aspect of yoga as one step you take in the ladder towards attaining your goal.

On the other hand, you must learn how to use your goal as a motivation. Avoid forcing yourself into it until you develop a feeling of depression. You cannot expect to see results with just a single practice; it has to be a continued effort combined with proper diet and lifestyle patterns.

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Understanding Physical Limitations

Each individual possess different skill levels. Therefore, you need to master the art of working at your own pace to ensure that you do not acquire serious injuries from the practice of yoga. If you have any existing health or physical condition that might pose limits on your yoga practice, you need to make them known to the instructor. You must always do this with other related cases so they can modify your postures to ensure that any existing condition you might have is not further aggravated.

Breathing Exercises

As you move deeper into your yoga session, the exercises become more complicated and difficult to perform. As a natural tendency, you lose focus and it results to improper breathing patterns. But this is not advised since your breathing plays a very important role to a successful yoga practice. Breathing exercises and execution of yoga poses must always come together. You need to master proper breath control so you can regulate your breathing pattern, no matter how difficult that poses you are trying to execute are.

Quality Yoga Practice

Although yoga experts suggest regular practice of yoga as the key to gaining benefits, you need to focus more on the quality of each practice more than the amount of time you spend doing yoga. The concept of quality here comprise a lot of things. First off, it implies the need to properly execute the sequence of yoga poses for physical gain. In addition to that, you need to fully commit yourself into the practice instead of approaching it half-heartedly. If the latter is the case, then you are merely wasting your time because you are not guaranteed to achieve your goals.

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