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Perhaps you're contemplating getting fit with yoga but need some direction. Here are some tips that will point you in the right direction, right from what to wear to how to practice for best results. It doesn't matter if you plan to join a class or go it alone at home, what really matters is that you do it with dedication and regularity. Also, if you join a class, be sure to ask questions when you're not sure of the movement required or if there's something else you don't understand.
Here are a few tips that will help to make your yoga classes more meaningful:
What should I wear?
It's best to wear fitted shirts as you will be able to stretch and twist as the exercise demands. If you mistakenly wear a loose or baggy T-shirt, you could be embarrassed as it will suddenly rise or flop down, exposing your waist and chest.
You can choose to wear any comfortable bra you prefer, though it's always advisable to wear a sports bra for its grip and support.
There are all kinds of yoga pants available these days in online and offline stores. Get into really comfortable pants and you'll be good to go. Check out stores like margaritasport.com, planet-body-activewear.com, activewearusa.com and lornajane.com.
What should I take with me to yoga class?
If this is to be your first yoga class, don't worry if you don't have a yoga mat. You can rent one for a dollar or so. As you go further with yoga, you will reach a stage when you want to buy your own mat. If you click fitnessfashions.com.
If you've chosen to do hot yoga, you'll need a water bottle, but if you do any other kind of yoga, you can drink water at the end of the class.
With yoga, you don't sweat as much as in other forms of exercise. But yoga practitioners usually use a towel to place on their mats for better grip and traction, so you could use one for these purposes too.
If you're new to yoga, you might also want to use straps to improve your posture.
How should I prepare for my yoga class?
Don't eat a heavy meal just before a yoga class. Take care to leave a two-hour gap between your last meal and the upcoming yoga class.
Be calm and positive:
Be tension-free and serene when you enter the yoga class to get the best out of it. If your instructor corrects you, accept it so that your posture is perfect.
What you shouldn't do:
- Don't arrive late and try to catch up with the class.
- Don't attend to your mobile phone if it rings during the yoga class.
- Don't enter the class with your socks and shoes on. Yoga is best done barefoot.
- Don't overdo it. If you can't bend as low as your instructor, don't push yourself. You'll get there in some time.
- Don't wear a watch or you will be distracted by the time you spend in class.