Often, the images of yoga ingrained in our minds are those of super-fit yogis performing seemingly impossible physical feats, leading us to believe that yoga is only for a select few. However, the good news is that anyone can take up the discipline and experience its numerous benefits, and all it takes is a few guidelines to consider before joining the class, which we shall also discover as we read on.
To begin with, the main focus of yoga is achieving inner peace by reconnecting with your innermost being. This helps us define our purpose, know who we are, why we exist, and what we need out of life. All of us need an answer to these critical life questions and therefore yoga is crucial for all of us.
Other Benefits of Yoga
It is best to point out that even though inner peace may be the focus, the following benefits can never be ignored due to their sheer importance:
• Increased flexibility and mobility
• Improved respiration
• Stronger and more toned muscles
• Better blood circulation
• Improved metabolism
• Prevention of muscular and skeletal injuries
And now that we have outlined some of the key benefits, let’s look at what you need to consider before joining the next class.
A Few Guidelines for Joining the Yoga Class
1. Get Time for Yourself
The hustle and bustle of modern living often leave us with no time for ourselves. And yet, in order to make sense of the world we live in, we need to take time from it all, sit still, and think. Yoga is perfect for that. It’s the quickest way to recharge our batteries. Paying for the next class is only the first step: finding time to actually attend the class is just as important.
2. Look for the Most Convenient Class
It is crucial that your class can easily fit into your daily routine. Give yourself an allowance for delays such as traffic jams. And be honest with yourself, know when your body works best. A morning person will find the morning class invigorating while an evening person may struggle a bit in the morning but be the star of the evening class. You could also choose the option to practice from home due to time constraints.
3. The Yogi is an Understanding Person
The yogi is still on a journey to achieve inner peace, just like the beginner joining the class today. They are understanding people who are not judgemental or on a fault-finding mission and will always be ready to help you get the best out of yourself. Therefore, if your yogi is showy, a brag or acts impatient, and this is rare, then it is time for you to consider changing classes.
4. If Having a Chronic Condition See Your Doctor First
Before joining the class, it is best to consider whether you have any chronic conditions for which you need the doctor’s opinion before you proceed. Yoga is a versatile discipline and your trainer can design a regime that fits your needs in the event that your physician advises caution but does not forbid you from the class, which is frequently the case.
Good luck. And welcome to this amazing yoga journey of self-discovery which anyone can be a part of.