“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters the most. – Buddha”
I never knew the importance of balance and the connection of body and mind until I started practicing yoga. Back when I started this activity, yoga was not practiced in my hometown but I only followed instructions and lessons online, and sometimes I just played relaxing music and laid down on the floor in order to relax and relieve stress. Yoga started being practiced in my hometown just recently and is really becoming a trend here. Moreover, the people who are practicing yoga happen to be full of creativity and continuously create different events like “Yoga for voting”, “Yoga for raising funds” etc. Anyhow, I went to Yoga yesterday and had an amazingly relaxing time.
Before my first session of yoga, I wasn’t sure what should I wear, how should I do my hair, what should I take with me, do I need a mat etc. Because of these minor confusions, I decided to dedicate my post to some of the things one should know before joining yoga.
- Take your yoga mat with you. Of course, this depends on whether the yoga class instructor provides its students with mats, but I always like to make sure I have all the equipment needed so I always bring one with me. If you don’t have a yoga mat, you can use towels or blankets or any kind of material that makes you feel comfortable while you are on it.
- Get as comfortable as you can! Yoga is about being relaxed, comfortable and happy and if you wear uncomfortable clothes you cannot reach to the desired state. Moreover, yoga requires a lot of stretching and imagine yourself stretching while wearing jeans or something else, urghh NO! I would recommend leggings (super-comfortable), and a simple T-shirt. I took a picture of my yoga outfit. See below.
I believe my three advises above are some of the most important, however, I would strongly encourage everyone to start doing yoga because the benefits of yoga, both mental and physical, are beyond important. Doing yoga helps you fight food cravings, sleep better, eases migraine, boosts immunity etc. The amazing thing about it is that you can do it at home too. Just grab your mat, play relaxing music and follow simple instructions about several postures but try to not injure yourself.
P.S Below is a picture that I dedicate to all the runners out there (me included).
Yours truly, Fjo