Starting a new yoga class, whether you’re a beginner or experienced, it’s always great to know what to expect. To help you prepare properly and get the most from your Yoga Holly classes in Woodbridge, here’s my top tips…
1. Oh yes, feel it baby!
Yoga is about how you feel, not just how you look. I remember going to my first class wondering what the heck to wear and of course wanting to look the part. The main thing discovered early on is wear clothes you can move your legs in, and a top that wont ride up over your ears or lift when stretching upward to the sun. There’s nothing worse than trying to bend over or spread your legs in a lunge, only to feel trapped by your clothes. It’s all about feelings of comfort and freedom to move.
2. If you think yoga is all ‘Om’ and ‘Chakras’ think again
Lots of classes are like walking into a foreign land and not knowing the lingo. What sets Yoga Holly apart is that postures are taught in the English version of the traditional name, so you won’t need to know your asana from your elbow. Some yogi’s would cringe, but Yoga Holly is all about practicality, accessibility, and knowing what on earth you’re doing and why. Besides, the brain can recall memories faster when new information can connect with existing stuff. So you can focus on going deep or pushing hard for a better practice.
3. You don’t need flexibility to be good at yoga
Shhhh! Here’s the secret to doing yoga like a pro – the whole thing is about finding your unique practice and a new mindset because of it. Don’t let inflexibility hold you back, growth in yoga takes many forms and overcoming thoughts that stop us is a big one. Although many, like me when first starting out, don’t use blocks and props as it looks inferior, at Yoga Holly it’s encouraged even for the most flexible students. The perfect yoga posture is one that’s steady and comfortable. The aim is not to nail that move, only to experiment to find what you need to practice to leave you mentally stronger too.
4. They don’t call yoga a practice for nothing
It’s true that good things come to those who wait – and It’s important to remember that mastering yoga takes time, patience and commitment; just like with any sport or hobby nobody becomes an expert overnight. But how long does it take to make a difference? Medical research shows that physiological health changes can be seen after six weeks of yoga, and that’s why Yoga Holly encourages you to book a block of six sessions to test it out for yourself.
5. It’s all chat not chanting
The fear of chanting while sitting in a funny position is an idea that makes even the toughest tremble and avoid yoga. You can relax with Yoga Holly as there’s none of that in regular classes. Instead you’re encouraged to chat to your teacher and classmates after the session. Stay behind for herbal tea and get to know people, share and laugh at your attempts in postures, and make friends who’ll encourage you and spur you on. Never be afraid to ask if something feels wrong or if you feel you’re not doing it right – there are no silly questions, only support and learning. Although during class it’s best to raise your hand rather than disturbing others concentration by calling out.
6. Let rip!
For me there’s nothing worse than a seriously silent class or desperately trying not to laugh at the determined face next to you or desperately hold in a fart (quite common when you’ve not done yoga before). Whatever comes up for you in class, you’re encouraged to let rip and let it out, there’s no right way to be. I’ve never seen anyone dying of laughter, but I have seen plenty dying because they’re not laughing.