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5 Yoga Tips for Beginners

        Health | Yoga

Getting the most out of yoga means starting slowly and being patient with your practice.
Getting the most out of yoga means starting slowly and being patient with your practice.
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If you've never taken a yoga class before, the idea of setting foot in a studio may make you more anxious and intimidated than relaxed and blissed out. But with a little bit of planning -- and some insider know-how -- you can breeze through your first class like a pro.

"Instructors are always happy to see beginners in their classes," says Laura Burkhart, founder of Yoga Reach International and an instructor in San Francisco. "Introduce yourself beforehand and let your teacher know if you have any concerns or questions, and then just try to go with the flow and enjoy the class."

A big part of feeling comfortable in class, of course, is blending in and being able to follow along with your instructor and fellow students. Luckily, the following tips will help you do just that. Namaste! (That literally means "I bow to you" and is a gesture acknowledging the soul in one by the soul in another; your teacher may say it at the end of class.) See? You're an expert already!


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