October 08, 2010
The best way to get an introduction to yoga is to find a beginners class at your local yoga studio. Many yoga studios list their schedule and classes on their websites. Beginners classes are typically labeled "Beginners" or "All Levels". If the classes aren't labeled with something similar, snoop around the studio's website some more for a class description to see if it's right for you.
For most yoga classes, you can wear something snug, but still comfortable, like stretchy t-shirts, capri pants and lounge pants. You can also wear a sports bra. You'll need to be barefooted so that you do not slip on your mat. Choose whatever mat color tickles your fancy. You can even choose the thickness of your mat to your liking. It's also a good idea to bring a bottle of water.
If you decide to take Bikram
, a form of yoga that takes place in 105 degree room, wear what you would wear to the beach, like shorts and a tank top, and bring a beach towel as you will need it to cover your mat. You may also want to freeze your water beforehand.
For your first class, arrive 10-15 minutes early as you likely will have paperwork to fill out. This will also give you a chance to chat with the instructor and your fellow yogis, as well as the opportunity to set up your mat and relax for a bit before class.
You also have the option of watching yoga videos online and doing it in the comfort of your own home. A couple of sites to check out are My Yoga Online
and Yoga Today
. When you're just starting out, though, it's highly suggested that you take a class in a yoga studio as it's helpful to be able to observe others doing the poses and furthermore, an instructor will be there to correct your poses and show you good form, forming a good foundation for, hopefully, many years of yoga to come :)
February 10, 2011
Also check out your local Y... that's where I took a beginner's course. I thought it was good, and quite a bit less expensive than studio prices.
October 08, 2010
Also, have you tried Yoga on the Wii? It's really fun.