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- Find a space. Many people practice yoga at home. However, if it's your first time it's best practiced with instruction. Do some research in to where you might want to start your practice. There are hundreds of classes around London to help you choose a place close to home or work. Visit the studio you choose and make sure you feel comfortable in the space before committing to it.
- Attend a beginners class. Deciding which kind of yoga you'd like to practice can be a challenge if you've never tried it before. Book a beginners class in any studio and you will be with others who are also new to practice. It will put you at ease. From here once you've learned a few fundamental poses it will give you a better foundation for choosing the yoga style that suits you.
- Be open to challenges. Yoga will challenge you in ways that you may not be used to. As it's practice of body and mind teaching yourself to quieten the mind may take time. Be open to it. Your body will follow. There is no right way to practice such an ancient form of exercise. Be patient with yourself and your practice will improve.
- Invest in your practice. Whilst it's ok to use yoga mats in studios having your own mat is a commitment to your own practice. It also means that you could do so at home when you feel confident. The same is true of clothes. Yoga requires different clothes to other forms of exercise. Choose flexible, breathable clothes that you will be comfortable in.
- Carry water and a small towel. You might need these until your body becomes accustomed to practice. A sip of water during class might energise you. A small towel will be useful for keeping sweat out of your eyes.
- Disconnect. This is perhaps the most important part of your practice. Never be tempted to carry your mobile phone in to the studio. It will most certainly interfere with your own practice and that of others.
- Don't skip the relaxation. Whilst this is a common occurence in many studios don't skip the final part of your practice known as Savasana. It is a vital part of your practice where your body processes what you have just done. It is integral to your own wellbeing. Teach yourself to honour it.
We hope these tips will encourage you to delve in to yoga as a means of finding balance and clarity through exercise.