Updated: Apr 1, 2019
If you are not sure if you're physically ready to try your first yoga class, it is always a good idea to check with your physician, especially if you have any health issues or past injuries or surgeries. While a Hot Yoga or Power Yoga class may not be suitable for you to start out with, a Gentle or Beginner class might be more your speed. You can always work up to a more vigorous class and there are many different styles of Yoga to choose from but start with something basic. Not sure if you're mentally ready or feeling a little self-conscious, not knowing what to expect when walking into your first class? Private Yoga classes may also be helpful as you are starting your practice and you can always consult a certified Yoga Teacher when in doubt. When you do take the plunge, make sure you tell the teacher you are new to Yoga and let them know of any recent injuries or surgeries. Always honor the wisdom of your body --if anything offered in the class doesn't feel right in your body, feel free to opt out of it and take a resting pose. The teacher might also help you modify the pose by giving you some props to use, like yoga blocks and straps. Meet yourself where you are at and be patient. You'll gain strength, stamina and flexibility over time.
I hope you decide to dive into Yoga --the water's great!