My gym had a Yoga Rave today, kind of a cool concept, mixing the stretch and tranquility of Yoga with some high energy aerobics. It was one hour in the dark with glow sticks, followed by brunch, then another hour outside by the pool.
The biggest focus for me with Yoga is breathing into the stretches. Get to your maximum point of stretch until it starts to feel a strong pull, and take deep breaths imagining the oxygen going into the muscles and the carbon dioxide flowing out of the muscles.
Hold poses as long as you can and don’t use your muscles to pull, let the muscles fall normally and that will provide the stretch.
Always fun taking a class, just make sure the instructor keeps an eye on you for keeping your back straight and helps push you into the stretch more while you breath.