Why are more and more people are becoming interested in yoga
So why are more people becoming interested in yoga? Here are my theories: The aging population in developed countries are looking for a better way to get fit. They are turning away from high impact exercises which can strain muscles and cause injuries and looking for low impact activities such as Pilates and Yoga, which gives results of increased muscle tone without as much cause for injury and damage.
What equipment will you need?
Here are a few basic bits of equipment that you may or may not need. You can spend quite a bit of money so make sure that you buy only what you need. Yoga studios will also supply equipment that you don't have, so don't rush out and buy these all at once. Yoga props include: a yoga mat yoga clothes (comfortable clothes) yoga props such as a yoga bolster, yoga meditation pillow and strap (this is if you choose to do Iyengar yoga).
Do you need specialized yoga clothes?
It depends, on what type of yoga you're doing low impact such as Viniyoga, Kundalini, Anahat just needs loose clothing but for more athletic yoga styles (Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow), breathable materials such as cotton and neoprene.
Importance of Daily Practice: Why it is important to do yoga everyday
Similar to martial arts, you get a deeper knowledge or understanding of yoga by practicing on your own at home. An example of this is when a teacher gives you a lecture. If you don't look over the material, you won't remember it as well and you'll forget the important points of the information.
What to look for in a yoga class and a yoga teacher
Look into a class before starting yoga. Find out what the teacher is like. Do you like the "vibe" of the classroom? Does it work for you? Is it a good fit? How much experience does this teacher have with teaching others? Do I feel that the teacher understands and addresses my needs? Does the class meet my needs and expectations? Is the studio or environment a good fit for me?
What to do before Class: Getting yourself ready for yoga class
Once you've settled for a yoga class that's right for you and have come to your very first class. Here's a checklist of things you need to bring Make sure to bring a change of clothes (especially for Bikram or Moksha Yoga), make sure that you've brought the right equipment (even if it's just a bottle of water). And don't forget to wash your feet! Remember not to eat a couple of hours before hand and make sure to go to the bathroom before settling in class. This is because some of the poses will put pressure on your inner organs and eating makes you feel really uncomfortable in these positions (trust me I've done it and it feels terrible!)