Happy Thursday good friends!
This week has been a roller coaster of new things happening. I started to teach my first official public class outside of Evolve. I met new faces and familiar ones, which is always nice. What an enjoyable experience. I remind myself of how thankful I am to have people show up willing and open to try new things. I could go on for dayzzzzzz but lets get down to it.
Throughout my journeys, multiple people always ask "What do I bring to yoga?"
Well that's a great question! Let me break it down:
- MAT. This one may be obvious to some but a lot of people out there are new to yoga and have not purchased one, which is totally okay. Usually yoga studios will have mats you can rent (for a small fee) or they will offer it to you for free. Now what kind of mat you ask? (seriously this could be a whole other blog post) Keeping it short & sweet, you can always go to a store like Target, (not too pricey) OR we can get FANCY and buy from companies such as Manduka, Lululemon, Hugger Mugger etc.. Just be aware you will be paying a pretty penny. Its all up to you and what your heart desires.
- TOWEL. A towel?? Yeah that's right. Usually it's a good idea to bring one just in case, especially if you are in heated class, because that mat of yours can turn into a sweat filled ice rink 5 minutes deep. A few times I forgot my beach towel at home for my Vinyasa Flow class, and let's just say I had to concentrate extra hard on rooting my feet down in Warrior 2 so I wouldn't fall into the splits. You won't feel as grounded and it may cause you to stray away from your practice. Even in non-heated classes it sometimes feels good to have an extra source of comfort for your body. You can always push it off to the side. Most yoga studios I've been to supply small hand towels for free, (wipe that sweat off your forehead) or they have blankets to use (they've got your back.) Again, there is always the option of investing in a yoga towel that fits your mat. But that tie dyed beach towel in your closet works just as well. This isn't a requirement for yoga but sometimes, it's better to stay prepared.
- H2O! Plain and simple: it's just smart to bring your own bottle of water. I know there are a lot of opinions out there on when the prime time to drink water is. Before class? During class! After class. All I can say is listen to your body. Know your limits and even maybe talk to your doctor. Your best bet? Drink water prior to class and after class. Yes! If you forget water studios will have water bottles for sale, a fountain, or some yummy tea to sip on before and after. Coconut water is a fun alternative.
- Finally, the most important thing to bring is YOURSELF.
Truth be told, beyond all the fancy mats, clothes, things you read on the internet, and trends in the yoga world, once that is striped away what matters most is YOU. Yoga allows us to create a sacred space. There is no certain way to show up to yoga class. No perfect body type. No perfect hair. Allow yourself to give back to yourself for that hour. Get back to that mentality you had as a kid. Let it go and just be you!
P.S. I just can't express enough how truly humbled I am by all the lovely people I cross paths with in this new journey. I can't wait to see what adventures await.
Till then ...