What to know before your first class

We don’t know about you but there’s something about yoga studios that feels like everyone has been practicing their whole lives.

It can be daunting to turn up for the first time, let alone when you suspect there’s an etiquette to follow and you’re not really sure what it is!

In reality, we all start somewhere. The girl in front of you who looks perfectly settled in Child’s Pose with blocks and various props was once a beginner too.

Here, we cover off a few things to help you get started. And make the most of your first experience in studio.

Studio etiquette

What to wear + bring: Your clothes need to be able to breathe and stretch – a little bit like you! There are plenty of amazing athleisure brands out there or we have our own range in our retail spaces that are designed for yoga and Pilates practice. You’ll also need a towel, yoga mat and a non-glass water bottle. Towels and mats can be hired for $2 from reception.

Be on time: Arrive 10 minutes early to set up and settle in. Class starts right on time and late entries are not permitted.

Stash your stuff: Leave your shoes, bags and other belongings in the lockers. All you need for class is your mat and towel.

Where to place your mat: Place the top left corner of your mat in line with the little dots on the floor.  Make space for students coming into the room and be aware of where your body is in relation to others.

Leave tech behind: Phones or devices can’t be brought into class, not even on silent.

Take quiet time: Respect your fellow yogis by minimising conversations before class and respect silence when the teacher begins.

Props: You’ll see a bunch of blocks, blankets and other equipment in the yoga room. Pick up two blocks and a strap when you arrive, and put these close to a top corner of your mat. Your teacher will let you know when and how to use them.

Stay for Savasana: This final resting pose is the most important of all! Please stay for the duration – your teacher will let you know when it’s time wiggle your fingers and toes, and go.

Pack it away: Wipe your mat and props with the spray provided and put them back. Mop up any extra drips around your mat so others students don’t slip.


How to choose the right class

If you’re brand new to yoga, book in for Yoga Essentials. This friendly class flows at a slower pace with plenty of instructions given to learn the basics.

You’ll also see Yin Yoga on our timetable. These mat-based classes are perfect for beginners and advanced yogis alike, and are designed to help you slow down and release stress and tension from the body with long holds that don’t require strength or effort.

Once you’ve attended at least ten Yoga Essentials classes and you feel like a bit of a challenge, you can change the pace with our Yoga Open classes which build up a sweat with an energetic flow.

What is Vinyasa Yoga?

As if the term yoga isn’t intriguing enough, there are many different kinds of yoga to choose from – Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, Bikram… the list goes on!

We’re all about Vinyasa Yoga at BodyMindLife. This practice can be described as movement linked with breath. It’s a dynamic practice that’s often more playful than other styles and we love it for its ability to lift the heart rate and move us into a meditative state that calms the mind.

For more on why we practice Vinyasa and its many health benefits, read on here.

Do I need to use props?

There’s a common misconception that props are a sign of weakness. Or that they’re only for new students who are not advanced in the practice.

This is far from the truth. Blocks, straps and bolsters are amazing tools to help us move with more strength, freedom and mobility. They’re often used by yogis who have practiced for years to open up a new aspect of their practice and advance in postures.

Interested in how to use them in class? Check out a few ideas here.

When will I see change?

In the words of yogi master Sri K Pattabhi Jois, “practice and all is coming!”.

As you do more classes, you’ll begin to notice changes in your body and mind. It’s amazing how quickly you can build strength in yoga and when you’re off the mat, you might notice that things often become clearer and simpler as the practice becomes part of your life.

Why can’t I do it? 

Be gentle on yourself – and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. Everyone was a beginner once and if you continue to show up on the mat, you’ll see how quickly your practice will advance.

Remember too, every single body is different. We have unique bone structure and what might be impossible for others, may be easy for you or vice versa. Try to tune into your own practice and how you feel each time you drop in.

Where do I go to get help?

Our teachers also love questions at the end of class and are always happy to chat, or you can speak with the reception team if you’re unsure.

You can also send us private messages on Facebook or Instagram and email us at info@bodymindlife.com