Like we’ve said before, we haven’t always been fit and so are quite new to a lot of exercise trends. If you’re thinking of taking up yoga, here are a few tips to bear in mind. They are all taken from my own first hand experience (it hasn’t been very long since I was a beginner), so I hope you find them useful!
- Keep an open mind. It will seem strange at first, but if you just let go you’ll start to feel the benefits. Decide what you want to get out of your yoga practice. If it’s strength, then opt for the more physically challenging Ashtanga or Vinyasa classes. Or if you’re looking for more relaxation and meditation try Anusara or Restorative yoga. You’ll soon find the right fit.
- Don’t settle for your first instructor. The instructor completely dictates the pace and mood of the class. Some are more tactile and push you to your limits and others are gentler and leave you to try things at your own pace. Don’t let one bad experience put you off. Try out a few different options to see what works best for you.
- If you’re really serious about getting into yoga, I highly recommend a beginners course. Learning as an adult is always a bit scary so it’s much more comforting being surrounded by people in the same boat as you. You’ll get the attention you need and will end up starting off your yoga career with the proper alignment. Don’t be fooled by ‘Level 1’ classes, they can actually be fairly challenging and most people will already be familiar with many of the poses.
- Wear tight-fitting, breathable clothes. Your instructor needs to see your alignment so baggy items are a no-go. Make sure your top isn’t too low or loose to avoid awkward flashing during downward dog.
- Be patient. You’re not supposed to be able to do everything. Yoga is not competitive and you’ll gradually become more familiar with your body and it’s capabilities. Persist and you’ll soon feel both your strength and your flexibility building.
Shaleena & Roshni
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