Let's continue talking about ways to integrate yoga into a mom's fitness resolution. Yesterday, I recommended Hyde clothing. Today I'm going to talk about classes and gear.
For beginners, I DO NOT recommend trying a video. Yes, there are great videos out there, but no video can teach you proper alignment like a living breathing instructor. Here are my tips for finding a good beginner class:
- Start at your local Y or recreation center. This is a wonderful way to take a free or low cost class to see if you like yoga.
- If you belong to a gym as the program director for a teacher recommendation. Find a beginner class that is not packed.
- Ask other moms who have a practice what yoga studio they have chosen. Call and find out the best instructor for beginners. My favorite studio is Mala Yoga in Brooklyn. I also like Yoga Works which is bicoastal.
- Read blogs and get opinions. Try Accidental Yogist.
- Show up early for your first class and explain any injuries or concerns with your instructor.
- Stay after class and ask follow-up questions.
- Don't compare yourself to anyone else in class. Know your limits and set your own pace.
- Stick with it! It often takes more than one class and more than one teacher to find your groove.
- Breathe and enjoy this time away from the kids--you deserve it!
What you'll need:
- Comfortable clothes (check out this post for a 15% coupon from Hyde Yoga)
- Treat yourself to a good Yoga Mats. It should be thick and non-slippery. YogaAccessories.com has an excellent assortment. Don't buy much other gear until you are committed to the yoga lifestyle. It's bonus that yoga has relatively little gear.
- If you do plan to go it alone (again, not my advice) check out this kit:
Deluxe Yoga Kit