Hello! Welcome! If you're reading this, it probably means that you're interested in beginning a yoga (or pilates) practice. Let me just say for all of us at True You, we are thrilled, and so grateful to be accompanying you on your journey to better health! We wanted to put together a little something to help you prepare for your first few classes at the studio, and to overall give you a better understanding of what exactly you're getting yourself into!
Let's start with the basics...
- What is yoga?
Yoga is practice that combines a variety of breathing techniques (pranayama), postures (asana), and meditation to help its practitioners achieve optimal health. What separates yoga from mere "stretching" or other types of aerobic exercise are the principles in which we also practice. In addition to pranayama and asana, yogis also try to apply the concept of nonviolence, purity, and contentment (just to name a few) both in their practice, and in their everyday lives. The result of these practices will not only help to bring balance to your physical health, but your emotional and mental health as well.
- How often should I practice?
As a beginner, we recommend that you practice at least 3-5 times a week; Ideally 5. This will help you "get the ball rolling" so to speak. When first starting a yoga practice, we are walking into the studio with stress, emotions, toxic food, toxic thoughts, insomnia, injuries and whatever else you can think of, ALL being held in our bodies. There is a lot of detoxing to do. Being consistent with your practice is so important to keep your body running efficiently and to keep your mind at ease. After at least 2 months of consistent practice, when your body is feeling like a well-oiled machine, taking class becomes more about maintenance and it's admissible to practice a little less. The motto is "3 days a week to feel the difference, 5 days a week to change your life." This of course is all subject to the individual. Always listen to your body!
- What do I need to get started?
When you're ready to take your first class, you'll want to make sure that you are properly hydrated. Most of our classes at True You are done in a heated room, so hydration is very important. Try to drink water steadily throughout the day as opposed to chugging a few water bottles before class; it is best to practice on an empty stomach. Therefore it is also recommended that you avoid eating 2-3 hours before class. We will be twisting, stretching and compressing our bellies. You can imagine that this will not be very comfortable with a stomach full of water or food. In addition to prepping your body you will also want to come prepared with the proper clothes. Anything that you are comfortable moving and sweating in will work. We recommend a light, breathable, sweat wicking material that won't weigh you down during class. Bring extra water, a large towel and a yoga mat. These items are all available for rent or purchase at the studio.
Starting something new can often be scary, and intimidating. Try to remember that we were all beginners once, even your teachers. If we were all perfect, naturally flexible, strong, graceful, and always at peace then NO ONE would practice yoga. On the contrary we practice because life is crazy, and we like you, are just humans, trying to be the best versions of ourselves. Be patient with yourself, do your best to listen to your teacher, to watch and learn from those around you and DON'T GIVE UP! If you stick to it, weeks, months and even years down the road you will see yourself transformed into someone you could never have imagined! It will be challenging, yes, but nothing worth having ever came easy. We at True You are ALL here to cheer you on, so let's do this thing together! There are endless possibilities for you! All you have to do is show up, and try your best. The rest is history. We look forward to seeing you on your mat!!
With love and graditude,