4 Things You Learn After Your First Yoga Class

Kent Hogan
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Chances are if you’re reading this, at some point you decided to take the plunge and try your first yoga class. You were probably filled with excitement at the thought of finally learning some of the “Secrets of the East.” After all, how could you not be pumped about you’re first time? Even though you may have read or heard a little about yoga, that first class would actually allow you to experience some of the mystery.

And what a wonderful surprise it was!
 
Here are 4 truths you discover after your first yoga experience:

 

1. Yoga is Much More than Just Stretching

We’ve all seen the crazy photos of yogis bending themselves into positions that make us gawk in disbelief.

It’s no wonder so many of us fall into the belief that yoga is just stretching, or it’s only for people who can contort themselves into a pretzel. Luckily, yoga is so much more.

After stepping on the mat for the first time, you discovered that yoga offers movement (and lots of it), core strength, breathing, and being still
enough to feel the earth beneath you.

So yes, yoga can help us touch our toes and maybe even put our feet behind our head, but it also offers an abundance of other qualities.
 
 

2. And You Thought You Were Well Conditioned…

Though we often consider ourselves to be in pretty good shape, yoga promises its own unique set of challenges, from the postures and flowing to breath work and alignment. Many practitioners refer to this as being “yoga strong.”

Becoming “yoga strong” in both body and mind is simply a joyous part of the yoga process, and no matter how fit we may consider ourselves, your first time on the mat will likely be an eye opener!
 

 

3. Bring a Towel to Yoga Class

Off we go to our first yoga class without a towel, because why would we ever need a towel? Yoga is just sitting with our legs crossed and making funny noises, right? Wrong!

After an hour of slipping and sliding on your mat, wiping sweat from your eyes and probably creating the worst hair day ever, you realize why the
flyer said to bring a towel. Yogis love to sweat!

In the beginning, you may race from class embarrassed by your sweaty and smelly condition, but soon you will learn to embrace it! Either way, do yourself a favor and take a towel!
 
 

4. We Learn What We Have Been Missing

Perhaps the greatest thing we learn in our first yoga class is the simplest lesson of all: We learn what we’ve been missing out on for so long!

Most of us are at least in some way greatly touched by yoga. Some poses even move us to tears. It’s an amazing experience to discover something
that stirs us inside, and maybe yoga provides that for you. If it does, then cherish the day you found it!
 
Whether young or old at your time of enlightenment, it’s that first class that points us in a new direction, provides us with hope for a different way that for many is life-altering, and simply shows us what we’ve been missing. Yoga teaches us so much, and all it asks in return is to show up to that very first yoga class with an open mind and an open heart (and don’t forget that towel!).

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Kent Hogan

After 15 years of working in the Film and Television production industry in Los Angeles and Hollywood, I discovered yoga while living in Hermosa Beach, CA. My knees had taken a beating after several years of running along the beach. I noticed a free intro to yoga class down the street and the rest is ancient history. Yoga and I became best friends and soon I was merging my love of yoga with my production background and my website YogaMerge was founded. The site remains a labor of love, along with yoga photography and writing on the subject. Like most, I never expected yoga to change everything, but it did.

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