10 Things To Do Before A Yoga Session
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Before you start a training session, a pre-train setup is key to success. This ten-step pre-workout regimen will get you physically and mentally ready for your yoga session. Each step of these yoga pre-workouts are designed to fully prepare your mind and body for the intense physical activity that is to come.

Fuel Your Body

According to Live Strong, you should fuel your body 60 to 90 minutes prior to your training session. This step of your pre workout should include a whole grain, some protein and healthy fats. Some great options for your yoga pre-workout meal include yogurt and a banana, scrambled eggs and a piece of whole wheat toast (with peanut butter) or a bowl of oatmeal with sliced almonds and honey.

Do a Brain Dump

Release all of the worries and negative thoughts from your brain during your pre-train time. You cannot expect to achieve a great yoga workout if you have doubts about your ability or a stream of negative thoughts going through your head. Let go of your worries and focus on the moment.

Set Your Workout Goals

If you do not have a plan for your yoga pre-train and training session, you won’t get anything useful accomplished during your time. Take a moment to plan your workout goals. Are you trying to build strength, increase your endurance or something else? Write down or make note of one or two goals to achieve during this training session. Keep track of your goals and build upon them. Make sure your goals are achievable and measurable.

Dress Comfortably

Wear workout clothes that are comfortable. Make sure the garments support you in key areas, such as the chest and groin. Choose workout clothes without tags to reduce the potential for skin irritation. Wear supportive athletic shoes and make sure they fit properly.

Use the Rest Room

The last thing you want to do in the middle of a yoga training session is stop and use the bathroom. During your yoga pre workout, take a few minutes to relieve yourself, wash your face and clean your hands. This will allow your body to focus on the workout rather than on your bladder.

Loosen Your Muscles

Consider using a foam roller to loosen your muscles. These devices roll along the floor and deliver a light massage to your body. They are designed to loosen tight muscles, ligament and tendons and may reduce your risk of an injury. This part of your pre-workout should take about ten minutes.

Stretch Your Whole Body

Do large movements to stretch entire muscle groups at a time. Some good options include squats, lunges and pull-ups. This invigorates your muscles and gets your mind attuned to the movements you will be making during your training session.

Budget Your Time

Budget your time wisely. Your session will not go on forever. Make sure that you set up enough time for every part of the workout. Prioritize your time based upon your goals for the workout session. Also, include time to stretch and cool down after your training session.


Before your session, drink 8 to 12 ounces of water. Refill your water bottle and have it nearby. You will need to hydrate throughout your training session and again after your session is complete.

Give Yourself a Pep Talk

Psych yourself up for the training session. Think positive thoughts about your physical abilities and your mental strength and stamina during your yoga pre-workout. Filling your mind with positive thoughts will set you up for a successful training session and will erase any last whispers of negativity in your mind.

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