Doing a yoga class for the first time can be pretty daunting. A mix of nerves and excitement as you approach something brand new.

We took some time out with Becky Hill, who has been teaching our Begin // Foundation course at Yoga Kula for over six years to explore what you can expect from that very first class:

A warm welcome.

Teachers know how scary it is walking in to that studio for the first time. Remember, we were beginners once, too! So we’ll say hello, introduce ourselves, and make sure you know where the toilets are and where you can keep your belongings. There will probably be other students there too, who will be just as nervous!

A quick check on how you’re doing.

It’s really important that your yoga teacher knows about anything that might affect your practice. We’ll ask whether you’ve got any injuries, had any recent operations or illness, and check you’re generally feeling OK. It’s confidential and makes sure that what they teach helps rather than hinders you. You can ask to speak privately, and it’s fine if you’d rather not say – just make sure you look after your wellbeing during class.

An introduction to the props and yoga equipment. Becky Hill // First Yoga Class

Blocks, bricks, bolsters, blankets…. we use a lot of extra bits and pieces in yoga. These are known as props and can help you find comfort in a pose. Before the class starts the teacher will set out the props you’ll need on their mat – grab your own (there are plenty in the studio) plus anything else you might want.

The teacher will run through what they are and how to use them during the class.

Becky HillA mix of poses.

There are literally hundreds of different yoga poses, and during a class you can expect to do a selection that will work your whole body (and mind!). Nearly all yoga classes combine postures that build strength, increase flexibility, or develop balance. Some postures do all three. Most classes involve postures where you’re stood up, sitting down and laying on the floor.


Savasana translates from Sanskrit (the language of Yoga) as ‘Corpse Pose’, so called as we resemble a corpse when we’re in it. It’s the last pose of any yoga class and is a chance to completely relax. Traditionally, you lay on your back, with legs stretched out and arms by your side. But there are lots of different ways of doing it. You lay in Savasana for about 5 minutes, and for many people it’s the BEST part of the class!

To make your Savasana as comfortable as possible, we often relax over bolsters, put lavender eye bags over our eyes, and keep our bodies warm under cotton blankets.

A Beginners Course, such as Yoga Kula’s Begin // Foundation is a brilliant introduction to yoga. It’s slower than your average class, and we break the poses down so you learn what to do in each of them. Everyone is in the same boat, learning together and finding what works for them. It’s a perfect opportunity to take your first steps into yoga.

For further information on our Beginners Courses, including upcoming course dates, click below.

Beginners Courses at Yoga Kula