There are as many styles of yoga class as there are different teachers! But generally, a certain structure exists that new students will get accustomed to quickly.
First and foremost, make sure you are choosing a class that’s right for you and a teacher you like. (If you go and don’t find this, try another one!) Sometimes it’s good to talk to your new teacher on the phone first of all.
Arriving at class
Wear loose fitting, or stretchy clothes to class that allow you a good range of movement and you’re comfortable in. If leggings aren’t your thing, find something else! When arriving at yoga class it’s often suggested you be there a few minutes before hand. This is just to settle in, get your mat rolled out and any blankets or props you or your teacher might like to use. If you have an injury or are feeling unwell in anyway, it’s best to give your teacher the heads up now.
The first thing that takes place in a yoga class is a short centering. This is a few minutes of class time to clear your head and check out how your breathing is and how your body feels. You may notice niggling pains or stiffness you weren’t conscious of during the day.
Now it’s time for the fun! Your teacher may start with a warm up sequence to get all your joints warmed up and any tension released before you get down to anything tricky. Your teacher will try their best to explain clearly what they are teaching by breaking it down into steps. Often a teacher will offer a variation of harder poses so the pose can be experienced without pain or strain – it’s always valid to do a variation of a pose! Sometimes a teacher might adjust you slightly but this is always done to help you stay comfortable.
Once your class is drawing to a close, it’s time to lie down in whatever way is comfortable and relax. Most people love this part of class but sometimes people find this a bit frustrating. Just think, not doing a relaxation at the end of class is like typing a massive essay and forgetting to hit save! This is your opportunity to let your body and mind absorb all the work its done and enjoy a lovely relaxation just for a few minutes out of your day.