Learning any new skill can be daunting – and yoga is no different. Here are our 7 tips for new yogis who are trying beginners yoga:
Learn the basics
Yoga, like any new skill, will take a while to master. If you can remember being a kid and learning to ride a bike, you started on training wheels before you moved to two wheels! A beginners yoga course is a great place to start. In a beginners yoga course you will learn the basics: breathing, some key poses (asanas), some sequences (like sun salutations) and some tips on alignment so you can get the most out of the pose and do it safely. Once you’ve done a beginners yoga course you’ll have the confidence to try an open yoga class like our slow flow yoga or Yin yoga.
Find your tribe
There are many styles of yoga as well as teacher styles. Just like how you take your coffee or tea, different styles and different teachers appeal to different people. Try a couple of different styles – such as slow flow yoga and yin yoga and try a few different teachers until you find the right fit for you.
Be gentle on yourself
Learning any new skill takes to master – you didn’t learn to read or write overnight. Yoga is no different. Try not to put pressure on yourself to master everything straight away. Yoga is about the journey, try to relax and enjoy it. At the end of a 10 week beginner yoga course, you’ll be surprised by how far you’ve come. You’re yoga learning journey however, will never end, so enjoy the process!
You don’t need fancy pants
You don’t need any fancy clothes or accessories to start a yoga practice. Don’t get me wrong – if a trip to Lululmeon and a new outfit motivates you, go shopping! But any pair of leggings and a t-shirt will do the job. Likewise a basic mat is fine, if you find your hands get sweaty and slippery during practice you might want to consider upgrading to something like a Jade yoga mat. If prints are more your thing, Bowern do some amazing prints.
Commit to a regular practice
A beginners yoga course is a great way to commit to a regular yoga practice. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so at the end of 10 weeks, you should hopefully have formed a great yoga practice habit as well as picked up some new skills!
Enlist a friend
Research suggests you are more likely to stick with a habit if you are joined by a friend. A beginners yoga course could be the perfect excuse to catch-up with your bestie every week (maybe followed by dinner afterwards!) It’s always great to share the journey with someone else and hopefully you can both keep up the habit together.
You don’t need to be flexible.
I always hear people say they’re not flexible enough to do yoga. You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga. Yes it looks more impressive on your Instagram account, but its not a necessity. Yoga will improve your flexibility as well as your strength. Your beginners yoga teacher can also modify poses for you to work around any restrictions you might have. There’s so much more to yoga than just asanas (yoga poses). In a beginners yoga course you’ll also learn breathing techniques to calm your nervous system and meditation techniques to help you sleep.
See you on the mat soon!