5 Tips for Yoga Beginners

  1. Find the Right Kind of Yoga for You 

It is important to understand which yoga works best for your needs and body.  

If you enjoy a faster paced yoga. 

  • Vinyasa 
  • Power Yoga 
  • Ashtanga 
  • Hot Yoga

 If you are practicing yoga for relaxation

  • Slow Flow 
  • Restorative Yoga 
  • Yin Yoga
  • Gentle Flow 
  1. Find an Empowering Yoga Teacher

In my classes I am intentional about offering a challenging pose to those who want to take it but practicing the moderate pose.  There is nothing more discouraging in a yoga class than when a teacher presents the modification as if it is any less yoga than the challenging pose. The reality is that all of our bodies have different levels of flexibility, strength and size. If a teacher makes you feel less than or is if you don’t belong in yoga then move right along to the next teacher. There are more than enough yoga teachers you will find the type of style that allows you to really enjoy your practice. 

  1. Get the basic equipment

In order to practice yoga you really just needed a yoga mat and blocks could also be helpful.  If you want to find out how to get the most affordable yoga props and Equipment then check out my blog post. You do not need to spend a lot of money in order to practice yoga.

  1. Start your practice at home

It can be intimidating to go to yoga class in a studio for the first time. Try starting a practice at home there are many beginner-friendly YouTube YouTubers or sequences that you can find on YouTube or Pinterest. My two favorite YouTube channels for beginners are Yoga with Adriene and Jessamyn Stanley. Practicing at home will allow you to get comfortable with some of the movements and you get to wear whatever clothing you want to.

  1. Remember it’s a practice

The goal of yoga is not to be perfect, that is why it is called a practice. While you are just beginning some of the poses may be more challenging than others. Do not beat yourself up if you are unable to get in a pose. By taking a rest or child’s pose, you are still practicing yoga. Yoga is as much as a spiritual practice as it is a physical one. Instead of beating your body up for not being able to do a pose, give gratitude for all that it does instead.

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