Yoga is a great exercise for mind, body, and spirit. It's a relaxing exercise that can calm your mind and spirit, while also working out your body. Yoga can be used for weight loss, or just as a way to relax and ease stress. No matter why you started doing yoga, if it's your first class, you may not know what to wear, what to bring, or what to expect. Read on for tips to get you to and through your first yoga session.

What To Wear?

If you're going to your first yoga session, you're going to want to wear clothing that allows you to move freely while also being comfortable. This doesn't mean you have to wear anything clingy, if that isn't what you're comfortable with, but it's a good idea to wear something that will allow you to stretch without concern for your clothes. Anything too loose and flowy may not be comfortable when doing some of the yoga poses. Find something that is comfortable, that fits, and allows you to move freely.

What To Bring?

Talk to the instructor at your yoga studio beforehand to find out what you should bring with you. You may be required to bring your own yoga mat, which can be found at your local big box store, or at store that sells sporting goods. There are all types of mats available, but you should look for something that is going to be large enough for you and is comfortable. Some studios may offer mats. Ask if you need to bring any yoga blocks with you, depending on the type of yoga you are doing. A towel to wipe away sweat is also good idea, as well as a cup with ice water or coconut water to keep you hydrated.

What To Expect?

Don't expect to become a professional yogi after just one session. It's going to take time and a few sessions to be able to get into some of the poses. Don't be too hard on yourself; take your time to get into the poses and don't push your body too far. You can cause injury to your body if you try to push yourself too far. Pay attention, and do the poses properly, but don't worry too much if you can't get too deep into the poses at first. You'll get there.

Yoga is good for the entire body. Enjoy your sessions and pay close attention to your instructor to be sure you are doing the poses properly. Ask your yoga instructor if you are unsure about a specific pose or for help so you don't injure yourself.