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3 tips to prepare yourself for a yoga class

In this article you'll find 3 tips for getting the most out of your yoga session.

1. Clothes

One thing that can get in the way of your session is your choice of clothes. For example, if you're not comfortable with your tummy showing or a generous amount of cleavage, it's best to think ahead about all the areas of your body you'd prefer to be covered. If you want to cover your tummy, you could choose a T-shirt that fits easily into your trousers, for example.

Many students seem distracted in class as they readjust their clothes. The aim is to be dressed in such a way that you don't have to think about what you're wearing during the session. Pyjamas, jogging bottoms, leotards, sarouels, crop tops, tee shirts, it doesn't matter, your comfort is your own. It's advisable not to wear clothes that are too tight, however, as they can slow down the relaxation process. Why not choose soft trousers or a top that evokes simplicity and softness?

2. The approach

To enjoy any yoga class, it's good to know that you are free to do or not to do a posture or a movement, to know that you are free to adjust a posture as necessary, to take as many pauses as your body requires.

Many of us, through cultural habit, do things that intuitively don't feel right to us. Yoga is an opportunity to listen to yourself, to take your time, to adapt, to smile at the body's effort to get out of its comfort zone. In this way, you know you are free within the structure offered by the teacher. In this way, you give yourself the opportunity to be a good listener. The teacher is simply a facilitator, you are in control of your experience.

3. Expectation

By dint of marketing of the type: "if you buy this, you'll win that: guaranteed effects or your will get your money back", we reach a stage where we want the benefits immediately after our purchase. Even inner peace, we want it now. Even health, we expect it at the end of our session. How sad. We no longer give ourselves the opportunity to choose services that have a transformative effect, not just superficial but profound, not just in the short term but above all in the long term. Many people come to a course expecting to experience the void, a complete letting go, deep relaxation or whatever. Their expectation is so strong that it becomes a barrier to the benefits of the session.

Because setting an objective creates a form of tension. If we want to sleep too much, our brain wants it so badly that it prevents us from sleeping. By releasing this expectation and concentrating on sensations, on the moment, something opens up.

I advise you not to have any specific expectations when you come to a session, so that you can let yourself be surprised. Moreover, for a profound transformation it's important to detach oneself from a short-term result and keep a long-term vision in mind.

Marie Mazeau professeur.e de Yoga meditation Lifexploratrice Paris

Marie Mazeau, Lifexploratrice, certified full-time Yoga teacher in Paris, specialising in gentle, joyful, educational and meditative sessions online, for individuals, associations, companies and studios.



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