Yoga: Stretch for Your HealthGetting started
Beginning a new exercise program is exciting and challenging. You will be amazed at what your body can do once you get started.
Finding a class
Within your community, there are likely several yoga clubs. Check out your city's parks and recreation listing or search on the Internet for a class. Make a list of a few clubs that interest you and call to ask if a free introductory class is available. This allows you to monitor your comfort level in the class before investing your time and money in a number of lessons. You may also want to ask about the instructor's experience in teaching yoga.
If would rather practice at home, videos and DVDs are available for many levels of yoga.
How to prepare
Being prepared for yoga helps you enjoy your experience. Consider these tips before going to a class:
- Practice on an empty stomach if possible and drink water during the class if needed. Eating a meal increases blood flow to the digestive system and thus reduces blood flow and oxygen to your muscles.
- Wear light, comfortable clothing. A T-shirt and leggings are appropriate.
- Bare feet are the way to go, so don't worry about specific footwear.
- Get there at least 15 minutes early to sign in and change, and do some warm-up activities like simple stretches.
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