|Posted by Britt Got Fit on March 29, 2016 at 1:05 PM|
Are you interested in trying yoga? Here are 9 things to know about starting your practice…
1. Yoga really is for EVERYBODY. All shapes, all sizes, all ages, all sexes, all fitness levels. A consistent practice reduces risk of injury, aids in recovery, corrects muscle imbalances, increases strength and balance, and strengthens the mind/body connection among other benefits. Click on the pictures below to check out some of my favorite stereotype smashing yogis/yoginis.
2. You don’t have to go to a class to begin your practice. Do Yoga With Me offers free videos for all levels and styles. There are hundreds of videos on You Tube and plenty of websites that offer low cost subscriptions as well.
Look below to check out two of my favorite You Tube practices.
3. There are many styles of yoga, each having its own foundation and intention. You should absolutely and unapologetically seek and find the one that feels and works best for you! Most instructors are happy to chat about different styles and make suggestions.
4. Most gym based classes are vinyasa flows, having faster transitions that focus on building strength and introducing the basics of yoga practice. Newcomers often talk about feeling rushed or unable to keep up at first. Keep in mind that there are other formats available at studios that offer slower paced, meditative flows, and varying styles.
5. You don’t have to keep up in class. Please don’t feel rushed and do take your time. Even when you are in a class, it is still YOUR practice. You don’t have to keep up with the instructor’s cues or the other class members. Simply tune into what your body is saying and allowing at the time. Trust me the instructor does not mind and the other students are not paying attention.
6. You’ll probably want to go to a class or studio as you progress. Taking a class with a live instructor provides a more in depth experience and expands your opportunity for growth. Live instructors can facilitate a meditative atmosphere and offer individual cueing, support, and guidance. Going to a live class or personal session can help you progress beyond the basics.
7. Not all yoga is centered on movement. Some times it's stillness, sometimes it's breath, sometimes it's meditation. There is an important mindfulness aspect of yoga that’s not necessarily centered on movement through asana as we commonly experience in vinyasa classes. Look into meditation, pranayama (breath control), drishti practice (gazing), the rites of yoga, yoga mudras, or chakra alignment and see if any of these aspects catch your attention!
8. You can just stretch. If you just want to increase your flexibility and gain better control over your breath without worrying about the Spiritual aspect, then do so. Movement is movement, not a system of belief. Your body will thank you either way!
9. If you have a bad experience, try a different format or instructor. Every instructor brings a unique approach and energy. Having one unenjoyably experience does not mean always. Different people need and like different things. Keep your mind and body open while you feel out what’s best for your practice!
Now it’s time to get out there and move your asanas! Namaste.