Yoga classes are usually pretty quiet - until students start moving their joints and muscles. The natural soundtrack of cracks and pops that accompany downward dog or Marichi's poses can get quite ...View Article
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Yoga has been around for thousands of years. It's been practiced in spiritual settings as a form of meditation, incorporated into gym classes, done on mountain sides and even in the space of one's own home. In recent years, yoga has become a favorite pastime in Portland, but you don't need to develop a yogi lifestyle to enjoy the many benefits of the practice. For those who are new to this spiritual and physical practice, there are several things you should know about your first yoga class at Kundalini Community Yoga.
The most important thing you need to know about a yoga class at Kundalini Community Yoga is that you are welcome. As a rule, yoga is a practice that is both inclusive and inviting, and this is certainly the case at your Portland studio. As you enter your first class, expect classmates to say hello and expect your instructor to welcome you with open arms.
This positive attitude should relieve some of the anxiety around your first Portland yoga class, but as the class progresses there are a few things you can do to return the courtesy and help to encourage the same positive atmosphere:
Let your Kundalini Community Yoga yoga instructor know that this is your first class, and invite him or her to correct your poses as needed during the course. If you are still nervous, go ahead and take a spot in the back of the class. As your instructor announces the next pose, stall half a second and wait for others to enter it. You can always follow the lead of more advanced members of the class until you feel more confident.
If at any point you are feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to yourself and enter a simple pose, like child's pose. This will give you a chance to relax your muscles and reset your mind so you can start again and enjoy the spiritual and physical benefits of the practice.