Whatever the reason, if you’re exploring yoga as a beginner, it’s probably a bit confusing and chaotic. Between the language of yoga, the culture of yoga, the different poses, thinking about what to wear and what to bring, it’s difficult to know where or how to start. Collierville Yoga knows and understands the process of starting your personal yoga practice. This blog is a guide for beginners getting started. Read on to learn more about how and why to get started practicing yoga.
- Consider in-person classes.
Being a beginner, it may be scary to come take classes at an actual yoga studio. You may be feeling tempted to do internet yoga sessions on Youtube. Doing this isn’t bad, but as a beginner it’s important to make sure you are performing the poses correctly and that you avoid injury. The best way to ensure that you’re starting your practice safely, is to trust a certified instructor to help you get started with your practice, and give you correction and guidance in person.
Yoga is a practice that requires consistency to see progress. Attending classes that are long in length every once in a while is not as effective to your progression as consistent, yet shorter sessions. Even only 15 minutes a day is better than occasional sessions. Consistency in yoga practice is very beneficial to your physical, mental, and emotional health.
- Don’t come on a full-stomach.
When you begin attending classes, make sure to not come on a full stomach. That is very uncomfortable for you, and not healthy. Yoga practitioners recommend not eating one to two hours prior to yoga practice. Only drink small amounts of water beforehand and do not drink during practice.
- Be aware of your space.
There’s no way to know whether or not your yoga class will be a big or small class until you go. When you’re practicing with other people around, it’s important to make sure you have space to move from pose to pose, and lose your balance without hitting the person next to you on accident. Part of yoga practice is making sure you are practicing yoga etiquette, and part of etiquette is making sure you are respectful and aware of your space and the space of others.
- Focus on your breathing.
One of the biggest adjustments to make when beginning your yoga practice is learning to focus on breathing. It’s not about breathing differently, it’s about controlling your breath and using your breath to propel you from one pose to the next, and keep your focus inward. And in beginning your practice, focusing on your breathing above all else, will help you from focusing on any other distractions like how you look, the person next to you, your discomfort level, etc.
- Follow and listen to your body.
When you’re practicing yoga, do not push yourself to do anything that feels dangerous or unnatural. It’s the instructor’s job to make sure you are taken care of, so talk to your instructor prior to class and let them know if you have any injuries or health conditions. The term ‘Ahisma,’ refers to the practice of non-harm, or taking proper care of yourself. This includes making sure you are not vulnerable to injury while beginning your practice.
- Choose the class that’s actually right for you.
When deciding to pursue yoga classes, make sure you’re looking for yoga classes for beginners. Most yoga studios have classes geared for those at a beginner level, and this is your best bet. This is only to make sure you start off on the right foot when it comes to your yoga practice. Walking into an intermediate or advanced level class could lead to injury.
Collierville Yoga is a great studio for beginners. We provide Yin classes for those looking for a gentler approach. If you’re unsure what classes are for you, call us! We look forward to meeting you and helping you start your yoga journey.