If you’ve never tried yoga before, you are definitely going to have some questions. To help you out, here are seven of the most common yoga questions and their answers:
What kind of clothes should I wear to a yoga class?
Comfortable clothing that is form fitting, but not snug, is recommended. If your shirt is baggy it might end up around your face when you are inverted. Baggy pants are not advised because the instructor likes to see if you’re positioning your legs correctly in the different poses.
Is post- yoga soreness normal?
Yes, after the first couple of sessions. If you’ve not bent or stretched your body in these ways in a while, then it’s natural to be a little sore. However, anything beyond normal beginner’s soreness could indicate something else and should be checked by a physician.
How often should I practice yoga?
You may be tempted to throw yourself into yoga with gusto, but easing in is a better idea. Start with 3 days per week for 30-45 minutes each session and work up to more often and for a longer period of time. Listen to your body and follow it’s lead.
Will yoga give me a good workout?
Practicing yoga is not the same thing as going for a jog or doing a power lift circuit at your local gym. Yoga will strengthen and tone your body. The longer you hold the different poses, the more it will strengthen the muscles involved. If you do ashtanga yoga, which has you moving from position to position faster, it can help you with cardio conditioning.
I don’t have very good balance, can I hold onto something when doing postures that need balance?
Your balance is something that should improve with yoga. If you need to hold onto something at first, then do it, but try to use the lightest of holds possible. As you gradually gain balance, you will use external help less and less.
Can yoga help me get rid of all my stress?
Take a yoga class that emphasizes simple breathing and slow movements. You should come out of there knowing how to breathe and feeling more relaxed.
Should I eat before a yoga class?
Instructors prefer that you don’t eat immediately before a class. Keep in mind you’re going to be bending and twisting and how your body, particularly your stomach, will feel doing that. The exception would be if you’re absolutely starving. Obviously you won’t be able to concentrate if your stomach is growling, so eat a little something – but just enough to get your through the class, not a full blown meal.
There you have it, seven common yoga questions and the answers. Yoga has great potential for having a positive impact on your body and your life, and with your questions answered, you can take the next step and sign up for a yoga class!