Fit & Fun: Tips from a pro for yoga newbies
New to yoga? A bit of etiquette and savvy will help you fit right in at any studio. Here are tips from a pro.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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You want to try yoga, but don't know vinyasa from hatha. No matter, studios will welcome you. Just show a bit of etiquette and savvy, says Seattle native Isabelle Casey, who now teaches yoga in Atlanta.
Bring water, a hand towel and a mat. Most studios rent or lend them, but it's nice to have your own. "Your mat, your germs, plain and simple."
Do not wear shoes. "You could try yoga socks that help prevent slipping, but practicing barefoot is highly encouraged."
Wear workout clothes without pockets, zippers, buckles or buttons on the back or abdomen. When practicing hot yoga, where temperatures and humidity swell, wear breathable material.
Go easy on perfumes or colognes. "It's best to keep the studio in a neutral state."
Don't be loud or chatty. "The yoga space is intended to be a sanctuary where one may go to decompress from the day."
Listen — LISTEN — to the instructor so you can learn how to do the poses safely and to the most benefit.
Be on time. You don't want to miss the warm-up. "It's an issue of both safety and respect."
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