3 Tips for a Stress-free Yoga Class


Yoga is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world, but it can also be stressful. There are so many poses and so much to remember that can lead to anxiety for beginners and veterans alike. However, there are ways you can make your Yoga classes more enjoyable by following these three simple tips:

Tip 1

  • Bring a towel and water bottle. You’ll be doing a lot of sweating, which can leave you dehydrated. Bringing your own towel will help keep things sanitary, and carrying your own water bottle allows you to stay hydrated throughout your class.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that allow for movement—and don’t forget socks! If you wear socks with no shoes, they can sometimes slide off when doing exercises that require standing on one leg or balancing on the other foot while holding the other knee. In addition to being safer for everyone involved in yoga classes (including instructors), wearing proper attire also helps make sure your body feels good throughout the practice by preventing any unnecessary pain or discomfort from tight clothing and footwear choices.
  • Bring a yoga mat! A lot of studios provide mats for their students but if not then grab one from home because having something between yourself and hard floors makes all the difference when performing poses like downward dog (where there won’t be any carpet). The last thing anyone wants is sore hands from gripping onto concrete all morning long so always pack an extra layer between yourself and wherever else needs cushioning—especially if it means helping out muscles later down the line!

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Tip 2

  • Stay hydrated. Hydration is important in any exercise routine, but even more so for yoga. Staying well-hydrated helps you avoid cramping or injury, as well as decreases the risk of developing heat-related illnesses like dehydration and heat exhaustion. A good rule of thumb is to drink plenty of water before class, make sure to get up for a sip every so often during class, and make sure that your instructor provides ample opportunities for water breaks during practice (which they should).

If you’re taking an evening or early morning class—when it’s especially hot out—don’t forget to bring along a water bottle! And if you’re taking an outdoor class in summertime…well…you probably already know what we think about that one!

Tip 3

  • Remember that it’s not a competition

When you’re stressed, the mind can start to play tricks on you. You may find yourself feeling like everyone else in class is better than you at yoga or that they’re judging your form. In reality, everyone is just trying their best and doing their own thing in each pose. The other people in the room aren’t there to judge you—they’re there to focus on themselves as much as they can, which means that if someone looks more “advanced” than another person in a pose doesn’t mean anything except that their body has learned how to balance itself better than someone else’s body has learned how to balance itself yet. So don’t feel bad if someone out of breath catches up with your stretching session; it doesn’t mean they know more about yoga than you do! If this happens during class, take a break from stretching out during one part of the lesson (like when we were learning about downward dog) so that both parties can catch up with each other’s breathing rates before moving on again.


Follow these tips to get the most out of your Yoga practice.

  • Be prepared
  • Be patient
  • Be flexible
  • Be calm


At the end of the day, Yoga is a practice. The more you do it, the better you’ll get at it. So if your first class of the week was not so great, don’t worry! Keep practicing and have fun with it!