Yoga classes – this phrase might fill you with joy if you’ve been to lots of classes and love yoga! However, if it’s your first ever class, you might be feeling a little nervous. In today’s blog, I’m going to guide you through what to expect in your first Dru Yoga class!
What to expect in your first Dru yoga class
So the day has arrived of your first class – you might be feeling nervous…that’s totally normal. I’m used to people feeling a little anxious and I’ll be there to greet you at the door as you come in…I always like to welcome people to the class. So here’s what to expect!
- A warm welcome. I’ll come and introduce myself and invite you to take your shoes off and come in.
- Health form. I’ll ask you to fill in a short health form. This is to make me aware of any health considerations you may have. This helps me plan my classes and offer modifications. Everyone works to their own ability during a class and it is non-competitive.
- A cosy yoga room. I’ll invite you in to my cosy yoga room which has a lovely soft floor, colourful wall hangings, salt lamps,and crystals. During the darker months, there are little lights to keep a warm, inviting glow. I also sometimes diffuse essential oils. Let me know if you have any sensitivity to essential oils and I will make sure these aren’t diffused during your class.
- A yoga mat will be ready for you. There’s no need to bring your own yoga mat as there will be one ready and waiting for you. No one has a set place so you can come and stand wherever you want.
- Small classes. Sometimes it can be a bit scary coming into a class where you don’tknow people. The good news is, I teach small classes so you only ever need to meet up to four other people. I typically teach four people per class and only ever teach a maximum of five. I like to keep classes personal and friendly. I’ll introduce everyone by name so you can get to know one another.
- Activations. The class starts with some light movements designed to get your muscles warm and ready for yoga. The music is usually upbeat and flowing and we often have a giggle!
- Energy Block Release (EBR). After activations we flow through one of the EBRS. These are easy-to-practice sequences designed to ease physical, emotional, and mental tension as well as preparing the body for postures.
- Sequences or postures. The next stage of the class is performing flowing yoga sequences or poses (called asanas). These are adapted to your body type and flexibility so are suitable for beginners and also more experienced yogis. As the class sizes are small, I can come and work with you individually to help you get the most from your practice. I will always ask your permission before I touch you to offer an adjustment. I will never pull you around, sit on you, or force you to do something you are not comfortable with.
- Breath-work. We sometimes do breath-work (pranayama) at the end of a class to get us ready for relaxation. These are simple guided breathing techniques.
- Deep relaxation. Every class ends with at least a 15-20 minute guided relaxation. This is your chance to switch off, release, and relax. I’ll help you find a comfortable position with bolsters, cushions or chairs, and you can drift away listening to relaxing music or nature sounds. During the quieter phases, I channel reiki/pranic energy and offer silent mantras for the group – this is done in silence so you won’t be disturbed at all.
- Grounding. At the end of the relaxation we spend a few moments grounding and chatting to make sure you’re ready to go out into the world! This is your chance to book more sessions.
- Goodbye. I’ll wave you off and if you’re a huggy person, I’ll give you a big hug goodbye.
Other useful info
- Comfy clothes. Wear comfy clothing suitable for exercise, such as leggings or jogging bottoms and a t-shirt or sports top. Yoga is typically done bare foot.
- Bring a blanket or warm jumper and socks. At the end of each class there is a deep relaxation. As you relax, your body temperature tends to drop so it’s important to feel cosy and warm. I have some blankets available but it’s always nice to have your own snuggle!
- Drink. I ask that you bring your own drinks bottle to the class but if you have forgotten, I can give you a glass of water, so don’t be afraid to ask.
- Toilets. A toilet is available at the side of the class – no need to ask, just use it if you need to.
- Parking. There is ample parking on the main road before you turn into my street. It’s best to park there as there is lots of room.
- Book in advance. Always book your place in advance as my classes are small and can fill up quickly. People with block bookings get priority.
- Let me know in advance if you can’t come. As my classes are small, I really appreciate it if you let me know in advance if you can’t come. That way I can offer your place as a drop-in for someone else.
- Ask questions. If you are finding something challenging or would like more information – ask away. I’m always happy to answer questions.
Dispelling some yoga myths
- You need to be flexible to do yoga…this is so not true. Doing yoga is a way to improve your flexibility but this comes with practice. Dru yoga is taught with modifications and props so that everyone can enjoy a pose, regardless of their flexibility or experience.
- Yoga classes are expensive…I try to keep my prices as low as I can. I offer concessions for over 65’s, students, and people on benefits. Karmically there has to be some sort of exchange though. I am even known to do therapy swaps for my classes.
- Yoga is always serious…ha ha, if you come to some of my classes you would definitely disagree with that myth! Often my classes are full of giggles and smiles. I like to keep my classes relaxed and friendly. I’ve had lovely feedback saying people feel like they are meeting with a group of friends.
- Yoga teachers are stuffy…my classes would agree that’s definitely not me – I like to make a joke and make people feel relaxed. If you’re happy with hugs then you will definitely get one from me!
Have a wonderful day! Namaste (the light in me recognises the light in you) and hopefully you won’t feel nervous next time you think of yoga classes!