EXCELLENT YOGA TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
Starting yoga can seem like a daunting task, and the challenges that face beginners can be overwhelming. How do you begin an exercise practice when you’re out of shape and you’re not sure if you have the time to commit to a daily routine?
The good news is that there are many ways that you can make your yoga practice work for you, even if you only have a few minutes each day to dedicate to it. We want you to be successful from the start, that’s why we’ve gathered our best tips for yoga beginners!
Beginner Yoga Tips
The fact that you’re interested in starting a yoga class is a step in the right direction. There are many ways that you can make your yoga practice work for you, even if you only have a few minutes each day to dedicate to it. Use these yoga beginner tips as a jumping-off point to get started. You do not need to use all of them—allow your yoga practice to naturally grow and develop over time.
Find a quality teacher
An experienced yoga instructor can provide a great deal of insight and guidance as you practice. A qualified yoga teacher can answer your questions during your class, as well as help you achieve the proper posture for each pose with individualized cues and hands-on adjustments. A great teacher should be knowledgeable yet kind, friendly, and compassionate.
Learn some poses ahead of time
Many of the asanas or poses can feel complicated, especially at first. Luckily, you can spend some time before your first class getting accustomed to the poses that you can expect to perform, such as Mountain pose, Child, Warrior 1, Sun Salutations, and so on. By learning a few of these beginner poses, you’ll feel more confident and ready to take part in your class.
Wear comfortable clothing
The right clothes can make a world of difference in class. Ideally, you’ll want to select a supportive top and yoga pants made from breathable materials with moisture-wicking features. For cooler weather, you may want to invest in the thermal athletic gear you can easily layer to stay warm.
Use a clean non-slip mat
A yoga mat allows you to work through your routine without worrying about slipping in the poses. It also provides padding for your joints, especially your wrists and knees. Make sure you choose a mat with enough stickiness or grip to hold your hands and feet in place. Also, clean your mat regularly to maintain its traction and prevent unpleasant smells.
Modify for your body and needs
Particularly at the beginning, it will be difficult to accomplish every pose covered in your class. If you find that you’re having trouble, your instructor can help you find ways to make it easier on your body. Don’t be afraid to use blocks, straps, or blankets to make the practice easier for your body.
Begin where you are
Yoga is a transformative journey meant to lead you towards some type of goal, whether that goal is less stress, better health, or inner peace. Knowing where you are can help you know where to begin and take your first steps towards your goal. Consider reaching out to a local studio for recommendations and guidance for your level of experience and fitness.
Avoid making comparisons
Because yoga is your own journey, there is no point in checking out someone else’s progress for the sake of comparing and judging yourself to them. You can draw motivation, appreciation, and inspiration from their bodies’ capabilities; however, don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t at that point yet. Regular practice will help you get there.
Don’t rush yourself through each pose or the class. Yoga is purposeful, mindful, and fluid. By moving slowly, you can continue to make sustainable progress as you practice. Also, it can help prevent injury, boost your mindfulness, and improve your overall concentration.