“Yoga” – the cessation of the modification of the mind, was the definition given by Patanjali a pioneer of classical yoga. It’s a proud moment for us when knowing that it was introduced in India during 900-500BC.
It upturns flexibility so that we can bring more affluence to our movement and don’t feel so stuck in our body. Physical activity increases the motility and flexibility of the organs and muscles, allowing them to perform their natural purification process. Deep yogic inhalation improves the task of the lungs.
Let’s quickly see what you should know before your first yoga class.
- It’s important to note that yoga is about much more than fitness—it has a long and deep history.
- You don’t need to have a certain level of fitness or flexibility to try yoga.
- There are many different styles of yoga (Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Power Yoga, Sivananda Yoga and Yin Yoga). So choose the right one which is the best choice for you, your instructor can help you in choosing the right program for you.
- Choose Clothes and Accessories.
- Have food on time.
- Leave Your Phone & Footwear and have a close relation with nature.
- Don’t quit too fast if you’re not happy with it, keep moving and get advice from your instructor. As it requires practice to be an expert.
- Keep in mind that, you are doing it for yourself.
- Take proper rest after yoga.
- Controlling the breath is important.
- Push yourself, but don’t force your body, it takes time for your body to get used with the posture.
- Don’t compare yourself with your practitioners, it’s not a competition.
- Inform your instructor about you and your medical history, so he will be able to find a better program for you. It includes Menstruation & Pregnancy.
- Learn the most common yoga terms as it will be used by your instructor and you won’t be lost in between.
- Don’t take your practice too seriously, this doesn’t mean you don’t have to be committed to Yoga, it just means that take it as a fun and your interest is towards it is the more important.
- There could be some soreness after your 1st class, just like the gym, it will fade off automatically, so nothing to worry, keep your practice go on.
So keep these basics in your mind, and not just that, you should own your own accessories.
Yoga mat, being the most important in the list, followed by a towel, water bottle, and comfortable dress.
So finding the right yoga mat is a task, as you get many options in the market, just a few tips to pick the right one for you:
- Eco-Conscious: There are quite of mats made from plant-based and renewable materials, like tree rubber and jute; many are also PVC- and latex-free.
- Length: be sure the mat is long enough. You want to make sure your hands and feet are both on the mat in poses like Downward Dog. Extra-long yoga mats tend to run from 72 to 84 inches.
- Thickness: Vigorous practices like Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Power Yoga may deserve a quarter-inch-thick mat so you don’t get injured.
- Texture: Make sure you’re comfortable with the way the mat feels. Yoga mats are sometimes referred to as “sticky mats,” due to their textured grip, which prevents your hands and feet from slipping during poses. Some mats — particularly eco mats — have a nubby, “natural” texture; others are more like the rubber sole of a shoe.
I have found the best and most apt yoga mat in the market which addresses all the above requirement of a perfect Yoga mat. Have a look at this Bhoomi Classic XL Cork Eco Yoga Mat from Idayog, which is made of natural rubber. It’s a plant-based and Latex and PVC product which has a superior grip. It can be used for any yoga type and best suited for hot yoga, vinyasa, yin, restorative, Bikram, Iyengar.
It a quick drying product which is also an anti-microbial and it is 100% biodegradable.
Specs: 72”*26”, 5mm thickness, 2.9kgs, and 5.5” diameter.
It has a high-quality cork surface which gives us an extreme grip even if it’s wet or dry. Hence it doesn’t require you to carry a yoga towel. It’s very easy to clean and it provides you comfortable yoga practice.
Idayog provides all the Yoga accessories under one umbrella and for each of our purchase, we are indirectly planting a tree, making our planet a better place for living and making us more eco-responsible.
Yoga being an incredible practice, We would enjoy those yummy stretches and long breaths. Choose the right accessories and proper program to have a safe and healthy life. Good day folks!