1. Do research ahead of time to understand what you're getting into to. Find the best resources in books and online to begin learning the basic moves and poses before you go to class. 3. Read and ask around about the studios/gyms/teachers you are considering. Ask if the instructor teaches technique/proper form. Only go to the teachers who have a reputation of putting safety first and are truly technically proficient. 4. Talk to the teacher before the class starts and let him/her know that you are a beginner and if you have any injuries 5. Pay attention to the components of sequences- every routine is made of individual moves that require technical mastery. 6. Listen to and execute alignment cues. 7. Take your time and work at your own pace. 8. Use props. 9. Work within your individual boundaries and always put your safety first. 10. Find a balance between effort and relaxation.