Yoga is a great way to train both your body and mind to be relaxed and in tune with each other and many people choose yoga as a form of weekly exercise.
Whether you are a beginner or are more experienced in yoga, there are always things that you can do to enhance your classes and ensure that you get as much as possible out of each of your sessions.
Read on for our suggestions to get more out of yoga.
Always think like a beginner
When you become more experienced at yoga, it can be easy to become complacent and assume that you know everything.
While confidence and feeling self-assured is important, it’s good to engage with every class and see it as a new learning experience.
Even with some of the basic poses, never be afraid to ask for recommendations on how to improve.
Consider your clothing
It’s important to remain fully engaged when you attend yoga classes and unfortunately, many people become preoccupied with what they are wearing or how they look during a session.
Before you purchase new gym gear, be sure that you try it on and feel comfortable in in.
Fuel yourself effectively
While yoga isn’t a high-energy aerobic workout, it’s still important to load up on the right food so that you don’t start to feel fatigued midway through.
Equally, don’t eat too much as this is going to make you feel heavy and could stop you from excelling in your class.
Bananas are good for providing you with sustained energy that will see you through until the end of your workout.
Get well-acquainted with your teacher
Your yoga instructor will have tonnes of experience and knowledge about the practice so it is well worth getting to know them so that you can get the most out of your class.
Be sure to ask questions about anything that you are unsure about and also let them know if you have any injuries before the class starts.
Think about why you are there
As is the same with any type of hobby or physical endeavour, it’s important to consider the reasons why you are attending a yoga class and keep this at the forefront of your mind throughout.
Maybe you want to feel calmer or perhaps it’s to help you overcome an injury.
Either way, realising the intention behind going to yoga will help you to stay focused.