I distinctly remember walking into my first yoga class... anxious.
Athletically, I was a lot of things – a long distance runner, late night weightlifter, exercise physiology lab nerd, and early morning bootcamp junkie. I liked what I “knew” and was a creature of routine thanks to my “type A” personality.
My relationship with exercise helped ease my “anxiety”.
Anxiety is an interesting internal terrain, because it can feel “cyclic” at times. A deep-rooted feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about an imminent event or outcome – my hands still get clammy just thinking about it. Followed by a full-bodied SIGHof relief after the event concludes.
I made sure to arrive to my first yoga class 15 minutes early, signed my waiver, and proceeded to the lockeroom. Shedding some layers and locking up my belongings... I could feel my heartbeat pick up pace. I noticed everyone else was moving with a little more urgency, so I took the hint and followed suit. Walking into the heated room (the door closed quickly behind me), I could hear the loud hum of the humidifier and I quickly searched for a spot as my pores already began to drip with sweat down my spine.
Thinking to myself -- What did I just sign up for? I unrolled my yoga mat and took a seat.
Note to all new yogis: survey the room before you stake your claim.
- In a heated room, if you notice vents along the walls -- odds are there will be air exchange near that space (either excessive warming or cooling trends).
- Check the ceilings for heating vents, panels, or humidifiers. Sidestep going directly under them if possible to help avoid excessive sweating, rapid pulse, and overheating.
- Ideally, avoid the front row so you can watch others for set-up cues, modifications, and fluid transitions.
- Music speakers tend to be in the corners. Audio is loudest directly in front of speakers and the best acoustic experience is staged toward the middle of the room.
- If you post up near the door or windows, it might be cooler – but know that at the end of class people will be shuffling by you to exit the door.