Class Basics: Yoga

Walking into yoga class for the first time can be intimidating. Before you practice yoga for the first time at Fitworks, read through this breakdown of what to expect.

There are many different types of yoga. Most yoga sessions are typically made up of breathing exercises, meditation and assuming postures. Each type of yoga provides its own unique benefits including reduced stress, lessened chronic pain, improved posture and balance, or increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone.

Common Yoga Poses

downward facing dog

Downward facing dog stretches the upper body, arms, shoulders, chest and legs.

upward facing dog

Upward facing dog stretches the upper back and front of body.

child's pose

Child's pose stretches the lower back and calms the mind and body.

warrior one

Warrior one strengthens legs and pelvis muscles.

warrior two

Warrior two stretches inner thighs and strengthens legs.

chair pose

Chair pose strengthens leg muscles, pelvis and lower back.

Proper Breathing

One of the most important aspects of yoga is breathing. Maintaining steady breath and following the instructor’s cues for breathing will ensure that you get the most out of each pose.

what to bring to yoga

What to Bring to Yoga

Bring a yoga mat, towel, water bottle, blocks and resistance bands. If you plan on practicing yoga regularly, it’s best to purchase your own mat. Blocks and resistance bands might not be necessary depending on your class, but it may be helpful to bring them along.

what to wear to yoga

What to Wear to Yoga

Wear form fitting, stretchy clothing. This is most important for inverted poses. In inverted poses, baggy shirts can fall down and baggy pants can get in the way. It is both unsafe and impractical to be fumbling with clothes while trying to maintain poses. For hot yoga and power yoga, moisture wicking fabric is a must as sweat can be distracting in these classes.

Why Did the Lights Go Out?

At the end of each yoga class, you’ll practice Savasana. Savasana, also called relaxation pose, is meant to provide peaceful reflection on your yoga experience and to practice stillness of the mind. Sometimes participants mistake this exercise as a time to leave class. Staying until the end is vital to both following yoga etiquette and to having a fulfilling yoga class.

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