Yoga has been clinically shown to benefit our lives by using ancient methods that unify our bodies in every capacity. If you are just starting in your yoga journey, these 7 tips will ensure success.
1. Talk to your health providers and explain what type of yoga you intend to practice. It is sometimes helpful to speak with a personal trainer or yoga teacher to recommend different poses based on your goals first. Show your doctor reference photos of what you intend on practicing if applicable. Your provider(s) may rule out specific pose depending on your current medical standing. Make sure you follow your provider’s recommendations to ensure you can healthily begin your practice.
2. Find a class that best fits your abilities and goals. Talk to your potential trainers and decide if their method is right for you. There are many different styles of practice out there, so finding the right teacher is essential. Your prospective fitness professional will know what class to place you in as a beginner. It can be tempting to go all-in from the beginning, but it essential to take it one step at a time.
3. Your body speaks- listen to it and be aware of your physical abilities while practicing. Make sure your teacher comprehends your fitness and level of experience when you are taking a class, and that you communicate your limits if you are receiving adjustments. Yoga is mostly intuitive, following a loose set of guidelines. If it doesn’t feel right, back off a little in the stretch until it is comfortable.
4. If you can’t find a class or teacher that meets your needs in person, you can find programs to practice yoga in your home. There are many starter books, curated plans, and videos available to you.
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6. Find a buddy online or in person. It’s nice to be able to express your own personal experiences, and it will help you retain your enthusiasm. If you can’t find a buddy with similar interests, try journaling. Journaling is an excellent means of self-reflection in your practice.
7. Eat green rich, light foods before practice. I personally will drink green juice before practicing. If you can’t avoid eating solid meals because of scheduling, or health reasons wait at least two hours after meals before doing a class. An empty stomach is the most ideal, but don’t starve yourself just because you know you will be training later. You won’t be able to maintain focus on the poses or enjoy yourself without feeling fatigued during the pranayama or meditation practice. Sometimes it can be difficult to get
Now you’re all set, and it’s time to grab your mat and get the most out of beginning your yoga journey.