So, you’ve just bought the “mybestyoga” box. Problem: you don’t know the difference between downward dog and tree pose.
Don’t let that foam yoga block become a paper weight! If you’re interested in trying yoga for the first time, use these 3 tips to ease yourself into the practice.
1. Learn the Basics
Just like any new exercise program, there’s a lot to know about yoga (yes, it’s more than just stretching!) Besides its historical religious purpose, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before your first session.
- If you’re more comfortable with trying yoga for the first time in the privacy of your own home, download a free app like Daily Yoga or Simply Yoga to try some of the moves on your own. Use a more advanced app like Yoga Studio to customize your workouts and up your game before impressing all the regulars at your nearest studio.
- There are so many different types of yoga: Hot yoga, vinyasa, restorative. Don’t get overwhelmed by all the choices. Narrow down the 2-3 types of yoga you’d like to try first based on your preferences.
2. Look for (and try out!) a free yoga class
- Free yoga classes are offered more often as the practice becomes a more common form of exercise. Look for those in your neighborhood, especially at parks or community centers, or find out whether your gym membership offers classes as a part of your monthly fee.
- (Free yoga classes take place all over NYC)
3. Bring a friend, relative, or co-worker
- New year, new you, right? Holding yourself accountable to your fitness goals is much easier with a partner. Reach out to a colleague or friend who’s mentioned wanting to exercise more. Attending a class with a partner can be far less intimidating than going alone, especially if you’re trying out a new studio. Plus, the thought of knowing that someone will meet you there will help keep you from skipping on that class.
Now that you’ve done your homework, find everything you need for your first class at Gaiam to use your $5 promo card from the mybestyoga box.
Christine Williams is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York.