Have you ever wondered if yoga was right for you? Have you always wanted to try it, but didn’t know where to start? Well, if you’re still questioning if you’re the “yoga type”, you should know this practice is right for mostly everyone. The top three reasons people practice yoga are enjoyment, improvement in health and stress relief. Others also practice to treat trauma, lose weight and condition their whole body for their sport. And what better time to become a yogi than September, which is National Yoga Month. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Find a Class
For recommendations in your local area, ask friends or co-workers (people you already trust). Web searches and local gyms are other great resources. Online reviews may be helpful for guidance, however, you need to find a place where you are comfortable.
Before committing to multiple classes, ask your local studio about a free introductory class or one-time drop-in fee. This will allow you to check out the studio and instructor before making a financial investment. Try different classes until you find the one you are most comfortable in.
Get the Right Apparel
Now that yoga pants are a fashion trend, you may already have a pair or two in your closet. If not, there is no need to buy a new wardrobe. You only need non-restrictive clothing such as a t-shirt, tank top, shorts or pants, as long as they are comfortable and loose fitting. You will not need socks for your session, being barefoot is best.
Select the Appropriate Gear
Yoga mats are an essential accessory for any yogi. However, any exercise mat or even a folded up blanket or towel will work just as well. Often studios will have extra mats on hand. If this is your first class, ask if there is one available for you to use. As a beginner, there are tools such as yoga bricks and straps that will aid with some of the poses. Most studios will have these on hand and your instructor will guide you on how to properly use these items.
Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water and a towel too. Although yoga can seem like a very laidback activity, it might make you sweat. You’ll want a towel to wipe your brow and plenty of water to rehydrate.
Listen to Your Body
Yoga shouldn’t hurt. If you are experiencing pain, check that you are holding the pose correctly. If you are in class, ask the instructor for help or use a modified pose. If you overexert your muscles or they feel achy and sore, try Arnicare Gel for relief.* You’ll want to apply it as soon as possible after taxing your muscles. If you are also using the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) method, apply the ice for 20 minutes, dry the area and then apply Arnicare.
For more information on yoga, visit Arnicare.com/YogaTips/WhatIsYoga.
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