Are you new to yoga and trying to figure out where to begin for your first class or session?
Well, first, welcome!
What is yoga?
Yoga is an old discipline from India. It is both spiritual and physical. Yoga uses breathing techniques, exercise, and meditation.
New to Yoga:
If you're new to yoga, I will recommend a private session where you will work with a trained yoga instructor. In this session, you can learn breathing techniques, learn how to move your body with different postures correctly, and meditation to help with your journey.
If you desire to begin with a group, I would suggest you start with a yoga studio for a beginners' class.
Attending a class at a studio:
At a studio, you can be able to experience yoga with props such as blocks, straps, and support from the instructor. Being at the studio, you can find a class that you're looking for, such as when classes start, the style of levels (beginner, gentle, advanced, core, inversions), etc.
They have meditation classes that specifically can help you with your meditation practice.
Attending a class outside of a studio:
Attending a session outside of a yoga studio will provide a different experience. Being at the gym or sometimes community centers, they will not have props unless you bring your own. You will notice people may come late, leave early, and they may not have the props you will need to use for your full benefit of each asana (pose).
At the gym, the instructor can cue you into certain poses, but cannot assist you. Also, you don't know what kind of class you are getting into because each class is presented as "yoga."
Doing yoga at the gym is still fun and it can help with your asana practice.
If you cannot make it to a studio as you would like to because of financial reasons, you can see if your gym provides the class, and there's YouTube. I recommend going to a studio for proper alignment and to strengthen your meditation practice!
I hope this helps. If you have any additional questions, you can email me at email@example.com.