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Beginner Yoga Is a Welcoming Place

Yoga has been around for thousands of years. It's been practiced in spiritual settings as a form of meditation, incorporated into gym classes, done on mountain sides and even in the space of one's own home. In recent years, yoga has become a favorite pastime in Clifton, but you don't need to develop a yogi lifestyle to enjoy the many benefits of the practice. For those who are new to this spiritual and physical practice, there are several things you should know about your first yoga class at Clifton Yoga Center.

Experience Your First Yoga Class

The most important thing you need to know about a yoga class at Clifton Yoga Center is that you are welcome. As a rule, yoga is a practice that is both inclusive and inviting, and this is certainly the case at Clifton Yoga Center. As you enter your first class, expect a warm welcome.

Here are a few things you can do to make everyone's yoga experience more enjoyable:

  • Leave your cell phone off or on silent. Yoga is a serene and spiritual practice. Don't bring the outside world in with you. Give others in your Clifton Yoga Center class the chance at relaxation and meditation they are seeking.
  • Wear something comfortable and appropriate.  Wear something that you can move and bend in freely and that won't make a lot of noise as you shift from one pose to another.
  • No chatting. In some fitness classes, giggling in the back of the class with a friend is totally fine. In yoga, that isn't the case. In addition to being a form of fitness it is a method of stress management. Give others in the class the chance to relax and engage in meditation during the course.

Let your Clifton Yoga Center yoga instructor know that this is your first class. If you are nervous, go ahead and take a spot in the back of the class. Follow along as your instructor guides you through the sequence of poses to the best of your ability and with time, you will be more confident and comfortable with the yoga sequences.

If at any point you are feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to yourself and enter a simple pose, like child's pose, or just sit or lie down quietly on your mat. This will give you a chance to relax your muscles and reset your mind so you can start again and enjoy the spiritual and physical benefits of the practice.