Does anyone else feel like the world is saturated with yoga and mindfulness? Or is it because I teach yoga that I see it more? I think to myself that everyone is practicing yoga and meditation because it seems to be everywhere I turn. But this isn’t the case. From the 2016 study by Yoga Alliance, the number of American yoga practitioners has increased to over 36 million in 2016, up from 20.4 million in 2012, and 28% of all Americans have participated in a yoga class at some point in their lives. Fifteen percent of Americans are considered active yoga practitioners (people who have practiced yoga in the last 6 months in a class setting and are not yoga teachers). Therefore, the majority of Americans have not practiced yoga. There are a lot of beginner yoga students, and this blog is a suggested guide about what to expect at a yoga class in a group setting and to provide encouragement to practice yoga.
Bring an open mind and leave the ego and expectations at home. Yoga is for everybody and every body. This sounds cliché, but it’s true. Come to class to learn something new, possibly feel frustrated, and know you will leave feeling more aligned. Also, bring a mat and water bottle. 🙂
Expect the teacher to be “off the mat.” This means he/she will walk around the room while instructing the class. Trust their voice and yourself with poses and movement. Some classes will be 100% on the mat, most likely at a gym, which could a great place to start. You may be tempted to copy the other students in the class but go with your instincts instead.
It’s just yoga after all. Have fun and learn something new!