I have been a regular Yoga practitioner for years, but I have to say that I am not a yogi person. As far as I know, a yogi person has no desire, no craving and hence no suffering. Whereas, I think I am still sinking in this chaotic world. But years of practicing yoga has benefited me a lot, both in my physical fitness and my mental state. Get tips on how to approach your first class here and why meditation is important.
Practically speaking, it will depend on what type of class you are going to. If you are going to a power yoga class or a Bikram (hot) yoga class, you are going to sweat, so you would want to wear clothes that wick away sweat (similar to what you would wear to go running).
Yoga gear If you are new to yoga and haven't bought a mat yet, call ahead and ask if the yoga studio or gym has mats for you to borrow or rent for the day. I suggest buying your own mat after you have tried a few yoga classes. Yoga mats come in all kinds of colors and materials, from natural rubber to synthetic, as well as different levels of thickness. Use a sponge to wash your mat with soap and water, and let it air-dry.
Anyone looking to boost productivity, increase clarity and inspire creativity should look towards incorporating meditation into their lives.
With more scientific research drawing a clear link between meditation and improvement of stress-related disorders, an increasing number of people are embracing meditation as a method to reduce daily tensions and improve well-being, including media giant Oprah Winfrey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Singer Sandy Lam.
Meditation reduces stress, strengthens the immune system, balances emotions, shifts negative thinking, gives you clarity and inspires creativity. More than just an escape, meditation empowers you to deal with whatever the world throws your way -- positively.