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Acharya Prashant Jakhmola

Yogi Prashant was born into a Brahmin family in Rishikesh, India. A science graduate, he began his path of yoga with a visit to Shivananda Ashram where he learnt from one of the oldest yogis, 80 years old yoga guru, learning the basics of traditional yoga and philosophy, while continuing his Asana practice with Yogi Rudra Ji, a popular Iyengar Yoga Teacher in Rishikesh. He then explored Iyengar Yoga with Usha Devi Ji.The turning point of his life is, visit to Bihar School Of Yoga where he got pu

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What to Bring to Yoga Class: A Beginner's Guide

You have finally decided to take the leap of yogic faith and we all know that it is the beginning of the most inspiring experiences of a lifetime. While taking this step is exciting, it can be a tad overwhelming with the kind of prep up needed, what to bring to a yoga class, do I have the right gear on, etc. Well, take a deep breath and read on. In this article, you will find some simple recommendations that will help you get started with yoga successfully. Whether you are taking a class online or are planning to go to your nearby studio, you will learn the basic guidelines to follow when practicing yoga both online and offline, in addition to the type of clothes to wear depending on the weather. You will find below all the information you need to make sure your yoga practice is as fruitful and as fun as possible.

Common Things to Bring on a Yoga Classes

things to bring on a yoga class

1. Comfortable Yoga Attire

This might seem like common sense but selecting the right outfit is of utmost importance. Comfort is key; they should be clothes which will not hinder your movements. Yogis and yoginis often recommend flowing pants or leggings worn with a supportive upperwear. Be cautious of your clothing shifting during different poses to avoid having to fix it frequently, as this will interrupt your flow. Fabrics like cotton work best in addition to lycra fabrics.

2. Water Bottle

Drinking water is important during and after practice, and proper intake of water is very important when practicing yoga. This is because the practice can be long and tiring, so you need to have your water bottle with you. In a case where you are not okay using the available water at the premise, then you should better refill your bottle from home. And if you are taking online yoga classes, keep a filled water bottle handy by your side. As an effective alternative to water, coconut water is a highly recommended beverage post practice to regain lost electrolytes.

3. Your Own Mat

Some studios have mats for use, but it is advisable to bring a personal one to avoid sharing with others and to wash frequently. If you are going to your first class and do not own a mat, get one on hire at the earliest to avoid getting one which has been used by other users. Another thing is in the case of the online classes it is compulsory for a student to have their personal mat ready.

4. Yoga Towel

A good quality yoga towel can be a lifesaver, especially if you tend to perspire a lot during the practice. It can also be put on top of a rented mat to enhance hygiene since it has the property of non-slippery surface. One of the best things about carrying a small hand towel is that it can be used to wipe the sweat off the body during hot yoga classes.

5. Change of Clothes

If you have been involved in a strenuous activity, the last thing you may wish to wear is the dirty clothes. Always arrive in different clothes because there is always an opportunity to change a shirt. Having a spare set of clean clothes during the day can be very beneficial if you have plans after class.

6. Post-Yoga Snack

Bring an energy bar or some nuts as a replenishment after the exercise session. This is especially useful, if you take a bowl to your seat with low blood sugar or if you are going straight to another engagement. A snack is a small portion of food or a drink taken between meals to supplement energy levels until the next meal is prepared.

7. An Open Mind

This is perhaps the most crucial item to carry along when going to a yoga class. Approach yoga in a healthy and constructive manner so as to get the best out of it. In a nutshell, it is vital to understand that yoga equals breath and posture, not the ability to touch one’s toes or look like a professional.

What to Bring to a Yoga Class Online?

things to bring on an online yoga class

Stable Internet Connection

It is advisable to have the internet connection ready in advance and make sure it is fast and stable so that it does not disrupt your practice. Place your devices close to your Wi-Fi router or use a wire connection to guarantee a stable signal.

Quiet and Comfortable Space

The next thing that you should do is to make sure that you choose a quiet space in your own home where nobody will bother you. Ensure that you have adequate space for you to be able to maneuver around and lay down your mat appropriately. Some of these include reducing the general lighting or using small lamps or candles to light the room.

Device Setup

Place your laptop, tablet, or phone in a manner that you can view the instructor conveniently. Check your audio and video to ensure there are no issues with them before the start of the class.

What to Bring to a Yoga Class Offline?

Arrive Early

Taking a class at the studio also means that you have to be early enough so that you can choose a nice spot, spread your mat and even get in the right frame of mind to start practicing. It also provides you with time for any last concerns with the instructor in case they were not addressed in the class.

Follow Studio Etiquette

Respect the studio and its culture as far as personal conduct is concerned. This means that a person should switch off his/her cell phone, avoid intrusion into other people’s privacy and refrain from being noisy.

Weather-Wise Gear Adjustments

Hot Weather

Lightweight Clothing: The best dress code is loose-fitted, light-colored, breathable fabrics that draw away sweat.

Extra Towel: It will be wise to carry another towel to help address the sweating that accompanies the experience.

Hydration: Make sure you drink more water prior to the onset of the class, during the class, and after the class to avoid dehydration.

Cold Weather

Layer Up: It is recommended that yogis and yoginis attend class in layers of clothing that can be shed during the practice because of the body heat.

Warm Accessories: Some people get cold at the beginning and end of the class especially when in Savasana pose, so consider coming with a blanket or putting on socks and a sweater.

Hydration: It would also be important not to forget to stay hydrated as the indoor environment can be very dry due to the heating systems.

Rainy or Humid Weather

Waterproof Bag: The gym bag must be waterproof to ensure that the equipment is protected from the water.

Extra Towel: This could also mean that sweating is likely going to be high especially with high humidity, so it is advisable to carry an extra towel.

Non-Slip Gear: Make sure that your mat and towel do not slip on the floor by giving them an excellent traction.

It is advisable to arrive well-equipped for your yoga class, and ensure that the class is as fulfilling as possible. The basic equipment and a positive attitude, whether you are taking yoga classes online or face-to-face, are of utmost importance. If it is hot, wear loose and light clothing and use the cap to protect your head from the sun, if it is cold wear warm clothing and cover your head with a hat.

Well, gather your bag, organise your thoughts and get started with Yoga!

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