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Your First Yoga Class

By Connie Robinson

Yoga is attractive to people for many reasons because it can help you physically, mentally and emotionally. Yoga can help improve your flexibility, strength, tone and endurance. It is also great for relaxing the mind, emotions and body as it allows you to take a step back from the chaos of everyday responsibilities. Most importantly, yoga helps us connect with our breath, which renews and rejuvenates the cells and one’s entire being to help bring a greater sense of well-being and joy.

The main objective for the yoga teacher is to get their students feeling better from when they walked into the class. In our busy world today, we are constantly thinking ahead and preparing to accomplish the next thing, rarely are we taught in society to relax and take a step back and observe. As a result the body is constantly in service to the mind and the busy activities of the day and over time this adds up creating sleep problems, illnesses and overall fatigue. Developing a regular yoga practice can help facilitate an outlet for you to relax and feel the abundance of peace that simply lies in your breath and being.

For those of you who have never tried yoga and are thinking about trying it, it is important to try to come to class with an open mind and heart of what the practice could offer you and your life. I went to my first yoga class thinking that I was going to get a good workout and maybe sweat a little and not only did I get a good workout I also felt much happier and more clear afterward. I kept going and every time after class I felt this deep sense of ease and clarity like I had never felt before. After going for a while, I started to learn more about the history and philosophy of the practice and came to realize that yoga is not only a good workout and stretch but it is also a positive philosophy and mindful practice for life. Things that I was learning on the mat, like to breathe and steadily focus on my breathing when things got challenging could be taken and applied to my everyday life and especially when life presented challenges.

Yoga originated in India as spiritual practice with various stages to be followed to eventually reach enlightenment. Although yoga’s roots run deep in ancient Indian philosophy, yoga has become modernized in the west to suit the needs of our western life style. Overall, it is a practice that helps to calm, cleanse and heal the mind and body from our everyday stresses and responsibilities, creating a deep sense of freedom and peace.

The modern day practice of yoga is available to anyone who wants to participate, as opposed to its’ ancient context where only certain castes and genders were allowed to study this practice. You do not have to be “spiritual” to practice yoga or know its deeper philosophies to be on the path of the yogi. If practicing yoga is making you feel better, happier and more pain free then it is doing its job.

Remember to wear comfortable clothes that you can move, stretch and bend in. In class everyone is bare foot so you can more easily balance and stick to your yoga mat. The more regular students should be warm and welcoming to the newer students to help them feel comfortable and relaxed. If you have never made it to yoga class it is worth a try, you never know how good you might feel after!

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Robinson, Connie "Your First Yoga Class." Your First Yoga Class. 25 Aug. 2010. 23 Oct 2014 <>.

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Robinson, Connie "Your First Yoga Class"

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