Don't try too hard
One of your main goals in yoga class should be to blend in -- and this rule goes for newbies as well as for advanced yogis who might be tempted to show off, breathe extra hard, or "om" extra loud. Simply follow along with the people around you, and take a break (rest in Child's Pose) if you need one. Most importantly, don't compare yourself to others. "Don't be judgmental toward yourself or toward others," says Burkhart. "If you can't do something that someone else is doing, don't compare yourself to them. Just modify the pose so that it works for you, and focus on your own practice."