How many of you have considered starting yoga? Alright, now how many of you have thought about it but then became intimidated by the thought of actually doing it? Well, you’re not alone. This article will walk you through some very basic tips and steps to starting a yoga program.
Do some research
Most of you are probably staring at the screen thinking “isn’t that what I’m doing?” It is, but you’ll need to go a bit deeper. For starters, there is more than one type of yoga. In fact, because of how far back yoga goes, there are countless new styles of yoga in addition to traditional styles.
You know yourself better than any article you might read, so think about what you like. If you prefer to go slow, hatha might be the best type of yoga for you; holding poses for a few breaths may help you to understand your body more fully, and it’s a wonderful way to introduce yoga into your life.
Be honest with yourself
Some people are capable of diligently waking up to go to a class, or have the ability to attend regular classes. These might not be possible for you. Don’t worry. The beautiful thing about yoga is that you can do it anywhere, at anytime.
If you know that you won’t be able to motivate yourself to do it alone, look for classes in your area. You might just be insecure about starting a new exercise in a class (hey, we all have insecurities – don’t let them get you down). If you’d prefer starting at home there are so many apps, and videos that can help you start. However, since you won’t have an instructor there to guide you if your form is wrong, pay attention to proper form. You don’t want to hurt yourself!
Embrace your mistakes
Starting something like yoga can be overwhelming. You might not be flexible, or you might think your shaking limbs will fall off. One of the best things about starting something new is keeping track of your progress. Sure, you might not be able to hold certain poses for long now, but in a few weeks, you’ll look back and be proud of how far you’ve come.
Don’t let your beginner status discourage you. Every single person who does yoga has been where you are right now. The best yogi in your area still had to start as a beginner. If that’s not motivation then I don’t know what is.
Yoga looks intimidating, but it isn’t! Look into some different types of yoga, and something that looks interesting to you. Whatever you do, stick to it. If you do, you will enjoy all the benefits of yoga like stress relief, muscle toning, flexibility, learning better breathing, and the list keeps going! Find your style, find your rhythm, take a breath, and good luck!