If you’re thinking of starting yoga, here are 9 beginner tips you should know about

Embarking on the journey of yoga can be both exciting and a tad overwhelming.

It’s like stepping into a whole new world, one that promises peace, balance and a stronger body.

You see, the beauty of yoga is in its simplicity.

It’s all about you, your mat and the energy you bring to it.

But don’t let the simplicity fool you.

If you’re just starting out, there are certain tips and tricks that can make your journey smoother.

So if you’re thinking of starting yoga, here are 9 beginner tips you should know about.

1) Don’t rush into it

The excitement of starting yoga can be intoxicating.

The idea of bending into pretzel-like positions and breathing into tranquility can make anyone eager to dive right in.

But here’s the thing about yoga – it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

Yoga is about understanding your body, its limitations and its strengths.

It’s about forming a connection with your inner self.

And that, my friend, takes time.

So, don’t rush into mastering every yoga pose there is.

Instead, start slow.

Begin with easier poses and gradually move on to the more challenging ones.

2) Listen to your body

I’ll never forget my first yoga class.

I walked in, mat in hand, and found myself surrounded by seasoned yogis effortlessly moving into poses that looked like they required the flexibility of a gymnast.

Eager to keep up, I pushed my body into poses it wasn’t ready for.

The result?

A pulled muscle and a week’s break from yoga.

That’s when I learned one of the most important lessons in yoga – listen to your body.

Yoga isn’t about pushing yourself to the brink of discomfort.

It’s about finding a balance between effort and ease.

Now, I always make sure to listen to my body during my practice.

If a pose doesn’t feel right or if I feel any discomfort, I modify it or take a rest.

It’s made my yoga practice more enjoyable and safe.

Remember, your yoga journey is unique to you.

Don’t compare yourself with others and always respect your body’s limits.

It knows what it can handle, all you need to do is listen.

3) Breathing is key

In yoga, breathing isn’t just a necessity, it’s an art form.

It’s called “Pranayama” and it’s considered as important as the physical poses themselves.

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that combines “Prana” (life force) and “Ayama” (control).

So, essentially, it’s all about controlling the life force within you through your breath.

Incorporating conscious breathing into your yoga practice can change the entire experience.

It helps to calm the mind, reduce stress and improve focus.

Plus, coordinating your breath with your movements can help you flow more smoothly from one pose to another.

When you start your yoga journey, don’t just focus on nailing the poses.

Pay equal attention to your breath.

Because in yoga, every inhale brings in energy and every exhale releases tension.

And that’s where the magic happens.

4) Equip yourself right

Before you start your yoga practice, make sure you have the right gear.

And by gear, I mean a good quality yoga mat.

You see, not all yoga mats are created equal.

Some are slippery, some are too thin and some just don’t provide enough grip.

Invest in a good quality mat that’s comfortable, non-slip and durable.

A good mat not only enhances your practice but also ensures safety.

And while we’re on the subject of equipment, it’s also wise to invest in some yoga props like straps and blocks.

They are great for beginners as they provide support and help in maintaining correct alignment.

5) Consistency is key

Starting a yoga practice is exciting.

But maintaining that initial enthusiasm can sometimes be a challenge.

Yet, it’s the consistency of practice that brings about true transformation.

Yoga isn’t something you can do once in a while and expect to see dramatic changes.

It’s a lifestyle choice that requires dedication and consistent effort.

Make it a point to dedicate some time every day to your practice, even if it’s just 15 minutes in the morning.

You’ll be surprised at how much difference it can make in your flexibility, strength and overall well-being.

6) Embrace imperfection

We live in a world that often pushes us towards perfection.

But when it comes to yoga, let me tell you, perfection isn’t the goal.

Yoga is a personal journey of discovery – of your body, your mind, and your spirit.

And just like any journey, it comes with its ups and downs.

There will be days when you’ll effortlessly flow into a pose and days when even the simplest pose will feel like a struggle.

And that’s okay. That’s part of the journey.

When you step onto your mat, leave your expectations at the door.

Embrace your imperfections and celebrate your progress, no matter how small.

In yoga, every moment on the mat is a step towards growth.

7) Find a supportive community

When I first started yoga, I was a bit of a lone wolf.

I thought it was something I needed to do on my own.

But as time went on, I felt a growing sense of isolation and sometimes, even demotivation.

That’s when I decided to join a local yoga class.

And let me tell you – it was a game changer.

Being surrounded by like-minded individuals, all on their own unique journey of yoga, created a sense of belonging and motivation that I hadn’t experienced before.

Now, I have people who cheer me on when I finally nail a pose, who understand the struggle when a pose just doesn’t work and who are there to share in the calm and serenity after a good session.

8) Don’t skip the Savasana

At the end of each yoga practice, there’s a pose called Savasana, also known as the corpse pose.

It’s a pose of total relaxation where you lie flat on your back with your eyes closed.

In our fast-paced world, it might seem tempting to skip this “do-nothing” pose and move onto the next task.

But let me tell you, Savasana is where the magic happens.

It’s during this final relaxation that your body assimilates all the work you’ve done during your practice.

It allows your body to rest, reset and rejuvenate.

No matter how busy you are or how much you want to move onto the next thing, don’t skip Savasana.

It’s a vital part of your practice and a wonderful opportunity to just be still and breathe.

9) Keep an open mind

Yoga is more than just a physical practice.

It’s a journey of self-discovery, mindfulness and inner peace.

So as you begin this journey, the most important thing you need to pack is an open mind.

An open mind will allow you to experience yoga in all its depth and beauty.

It will help you connect with your body, quieten your mind and touch the stillness within.

Just be present, be patient and let your yoga journey unfold at its own pace.

Embrace the journey

At its core, yoga is a practice of self-discovery and self-improvement.

It’s about finding balance, inner peace, and strength within yourself.

As with any journey, there will be challenges along the way.

You might find some poses difficult or even impossible at first.

You might struggle with consistency or feel discouraged when progress seems slow.

So as you embark on this journey, remember to be patient with yourself.

Celebrate your progress, no matter how small.

And most importantly, enjoy the process.

Tiffany Mcgee

Tiffany Mcgee

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