first time yoga tips: share the gift of yoga



Do you remember your first yoga class? It can be intimidating if you're not sure what to bring or what to do. Nicole from lululemon Eaton Centre grew to love yoga and figured the best way to share the gift of yoga was to invite her boyfriend to his first class.

It wasn't until I started working at lululemon that I really tried yoga. I come from a dance background, and for me, the transition to yoga has been a challenge. In my mind, yoga was slow and boring, with music that could put me to sleep. But the more I put 100% of my mental and physical energy into movement, the more I began to love yoga -- especially the way I feel after.

first time yoga class tips
Greg signing in at the Yoga Lounge

So when I decided that I wanted my boyfriend Greg to feel this good, I knew I had to be there for his first time. We picked a Vinyasa class that started just in time for him to get home from work, and me from school.

the verdict

Greg's take on his first yoga class: "I had this notion, which I realize now was naive, that yoga was all serenity and relaxation -- a cross between getting a massage and stretching. But no. It's hard work. I never felt like a failure, though. And I think that might be one of the benefits of yoga—it’s non-judgemental. This isn’t a competitive aerobics class -- though I’ve never taken an aerobics class either, so that might be an unfair characterization."

taking yoga class for the first time
First class verdict: thumbs up!

tips for yoga first timers

1. Dress comfortably. Avoid heavy cottons and keep your clothing light and fitted.
2. Bring a water bottle, a towel and some warm layers to put on after your class.
3. Don't be scared. Everyone has a first time.
4. If you're feeling tired or a little light headed, take a moment and lie down.
5. Fully invest in the experience. Go to class and leave your outside worries and stresses at the door.
6. Drink lots of water before, during and especially after to replenish yourself. Your body will love you for it.
7. Don't base your opinion on your first class. Or second. Or even third. It may take time to love yoga.
8. Have fun!

first time yoga tips from lululemon
One class in and looking like a pro

Remember: there are always new people. There will always be older people, younger people, bigger people, smaller people, people that can't touch their toes, and people that bend in half like a Gumby doll. I think that's what makes yoga so beautiful to me. It really is for everyone.

Are you interested in trying yoga? Visit your local lululemon for info on their weekly complimentary classes.

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7 Comments »


I love the gift of yoga! What a great way to try local studios or try a different kind of yoga without feeling committed to buying a membership or a number of classes.

It’s also a great way to meet people. Can’t wait til I try my free complimentary class!

Comment by Aleksandra S — November 24, 2010 @ 2:08 pm


Love this Nicole! Hmmm, so you write, too, eh? We must collaborate soon!
-sandyb

Comment by sandyb — November 25, 2010 @ 5:32 pm


Nicole, this is a great blog!!

I fully agree with Greg when he says that he assumed yoga was all about serenity and relaxation. I think that notion stems from the ‘Hollywood’ take on yoga. When we see it in films and on TV, it is portrayed to us as related to a meditation type practice with deep breathing and stretching. However, it’s SO much more than that! The first time I attempted to do it, I just assumed I would automatically be a pro, until I wobbled all over the place, could barely hold my balance and collapsed in the middle of a pose! haha. You really do notice an increase in strength and stamina once you have done it so many times.While my husband and I don’t do yoga all that regularly at the moment, we do it when we can and I find it to be extremely beneficial and relaxing. It’s a nice escape away from the worries of every day life!

I believe that everyone who has ever tried yoga, should give ‘The Gift of Yoga’ to their loved ones! It’s great that there are complimentary classes available for anyone who wants to experience the mat!

Yoga definitely doesn’t judge, it comforts! And there is something very artistic and invigorating about doing it and watching others

Comment by Bailey Evans — December 6, 2010 @ 9:14 pm


Nicole, this is a great blog!!

I fully agree with Greg when he says that he assumed yoga was all about serenity and relaxation. I think that notion stems from the ‘Hollywood’ take on yoga. When we see it in films and on TV, it is portrayed to us as related to a meditation type practice with deep breathing and stretching. However, it’s SO much more than that! The first time I attempted to do it, I just assumed I would automatically be a pro, until I wobbled all over the place, could barely hold my balance and collapsed in the middle of a pose! haha. You really do notice an increase in strength and stamina once you have done it so many times.While my husband and I don’t do yoga all that regularly at the moment, we do it when we can and I find it to be extremely beneficial and relaxing. It’s a nice escape away from the worries of every day life!

I believe that everyone who has ever tried yoga, should give ‘The Gift of Yoga’ to their loved ones! It’s great that there are complimentary classes available for anyone who wants to experience the mat!

Yoga definitely doesn’t judge, it comforts! And there is something very artistic and invigorating about doing it and watching others do it too! I feel that every individual has their own ‘yoga identity’ that they adopt while they do it & it’s interesting to watch the different experience levels.

Comment by Bailey Evans — December 6, 2010 @ 9:18 pm


Hi Nicole, this is a great post. I still remember my first yoga class, and how different it was from today. Thanks!

Comment by Anne Marie Segal — February 10, 2011 @ 9:41 am


Today was my first time to a yoga class or for that matter to ever try yoga…my experience was that I loved it. I will be doing more. I am very over weight but didn’t feel intimidated by others in the class. I know that the results I’m looking for will come over time.

Comment by felicia — February 11, 2012 @ 12:14 pm


I recently brought my co-worker to my hot yoga studio for the first time! These tips are on par with what I told her, so I’m glad I didn’t leave anything major out. She didn’t particularly enjoy the first class, but loved the benefits she felt afterword. The next day, she said she wanted to go back again!

Comment by Chelsea Langevin — October 27, 2012 @ 2:43 pm


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