What should I bring to yoga

Starter information - The first yoga class

What do you expect?

Do you want to relax, do moderate physical exertion or sweat properly? Would you like individual support or would you prefer a gym atmosphere? Yoga has so many facets - think about which yoga style might be the right one - the we.love.yoga guide "Yoga styles explained" can help you with this. Then choose the studios or teachers that appeal to you at first glance. The gut feeling is usually a very good guide. Usually trial lessons are offered where you can try out whether what you have chosen suits you and whether you like it. Or maybe you can also benefit from a we.love.yoga special offer. Don't be afraid to “test” several studios and teachers!
Comfortable clothing - ultimately with 'without' socks
Very important: You have to feel good - comfortable leggings or comfortable pants with stretch are ideal. Preferably without pockets or rivets, because these could pinch some exercises. As a top, simply a tank top or a shirt - the same applies here: comfortable and with freedom of movement. I always think it's good if the pants are cut a little higher and the shirts are a bit tight so that nothing slips. That can be uncomfortable if you constantly have to pull your shirt down and your pants back up ... For the beginning of the lesson and the final relaxation you can take a jacket or hoodie with you, and it is also okay to wear socks here. These should be taken off at the beginning of the series of exercises, because traditionally yoga is practiced barefoot. You also have a better grip on the mat.
Mat, pad and belt ...?
As a rule, all the accessories are available in the studios. If you practice regularly, however, it is worth buying your own mat. It is important that it is not too thin and that it offers a good grip. It is great when the mat also comes from certified and ecological production.
Drinking allowed ...?
As a rule, you shouldn't drink during a yoga class, because the body cools down with a drink and, after all, the exercises serve to warm the body. This does not apply to Bikram Yoga (yoga at 38 ° C) - drinking is allowed here. Before and after a yoga class, a delicious herbal tea is really good.
... and what about the food?
Nothing should be eaten for at least an hour before the yoga session. It is also advisable to have a light meal that is not stressful. This is really important because: I tried doing a yoga class with a portion of pasta in my stomach - believe me, you only try it once. If you don't eat early before the lesson, a few dates or nuts, for example, will provide you with energy without stress and without "bothering" you with the exercises.
Please don't be afraid of Oooooommmm ...!
The "Om" chanting is part of most yoga classes - at the beginning and at the end the "Om" is toned three times. You don't have to get in if you don't want to. Then just let yourself in and listen. Maybe after a while you can make friends with it and join in yourself. It can be wonderful and it creates a very beautiful energy. Some teachers also chant a mantra - the same applies here. You decide whether and if so, when you want to participate. But to be honest: Sometimes you have to smile a bit when the tinting on the mat next to you is particularly crooked ... But: It's part of it and it's completely ok. Not everyone hits the right note, but that's not the point ...

During the first yoga class

Hello, my time!
Try to get involved. Observe and feel your body. Try to keep your thoughts on the mat. Breathe consciously, deeply and relaxed. That might sound a bit clichéd and trite, but in the end it is worth taking the time and feeling inside yourself in order to leave everyday life with all the stress and hustle and bustle at the studio door. He's coming back soon enough - believe me, he's waiting for you. But also be patient with yourself. It is very difficult to focus your own thoughts and gently bring them back onto the mat, consciously watching your breath. It also takes some practice, but it gradually works better and better.
Forget the pressure to perform
Very important: If you do not feel good in a posture, if something hurts, your breath is blocked or "pressed" - please, please do not force anything. Yoga is not a competitive sport. Higher, faster, further doesn't matter on the mat. Comparisons with the person next to the mat are also not popular. There are variations and lighter variations for each exercise that gently introduce you to it. Please stay authentic and don't hurt yourself ... And: Please don't let anyone tell you otherwise. A yoga class is your time, time for the relationship between you and your body. A good teacher responds individually to the physical characteristics and mobility of each student - therefore the classes, especially at the beginning, should not be too large.

After the first yoga class

What happened?
Does the breath flow deeper and more relaxed? Have tensions been released? How do the muscles feel? Are you trying hard? Or refreshed? Or both? Each yoga class may produce something different - and everything is perfectly fine. It is about consciously perceiving and feeling what the yoga class has led to. The yoga path will lead to a development: If you do not want to change anything, do not start with yoga ... After a while you may notice a change - maybe a physical, maybe a spiritual one. Perhaps your body will become firmer, your mind calmer, more relaxed, more flexible ...? Maybe you sleep better, maybe you sit more upright, maybe you laugh more ...? And maybe the back and neck pain will also be less ...
What if the first hour was stupid?
That can of course also happen - that wasn't your thing at all. Maybe too much spiritual? Too much ooooom? Or too little? Too much exercise and sweat instead of gentle stretching? Instead of putting the mat straight back in the corner, try a different direction, a different studio, a different teacher ... It's worth sticking to it and discovering yoga. And if there were ten trial lessons in the end ...