Yoga is not only practiced by regular people looking to improve their fitness and mindfulness but also by many professional athletes, from football players to MMA fighters. If you’re giving yoga a try for the first time, you should read this beginner’s guide on tips for starting your yoga journey.
Everyone’s a Beginner at First
Everyone knows that the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and that’s the type of mindset to strive for as you start your yoga journey. If you’re naturally competitive, as many are, you might compare yourself to others and worry about how fast your skills are progressing. Everyone’s yoga journey is different and goes at its own pace, so focus on yourself.
Remember that even your experienced yoga teacher started as a novice like you. Focus on the basic yoga positions for beginners and train your energy into mastering them, as they’re the fundamental building blocks for your yoga journey.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Renowned guru Pattabhi Jois described yoga as 1 percent theory and 99 percent practice. What did he mean? Well, it’s not worth much to think, plan, or talk about your yoga journey if you don’t practice enough!
You shouldn’t push yourself to the limit and fit in as much yoga as you can each day, but improving will take commitment and time. Even if you think you don’t have time in the day, a quick, short yoga session will help your body and mind and keep you on the right path.
Invest in Yourself and Equipment
If you’re starting yoga for the first time and are unsure whether you’re in it for the long haul, you don’t want to spend excessive amounts of money right away. But, if you’re ready to commit after some time, it’s worth investing in high-quality yoga clothes and equipment that can enhance your sessions and experience. Some examples of yoga equipment to invest in include:
- High-quality yoga mat
- Hot yoga clothes (made with quick-drying/sweat-wicking materials)
- Yoga blocks
- Yoga straps
- Yoga bolster
Take Advantage of Online Resources
One of the benefits of living in the modern age is the wealth of information available to us at the touch of a button. If you’re struggling with some yoga concepts or tricky positions, head online to take advantage of the wealth of yoga reading material and tutorials available.
Sometimes it takes someone to explain a concept differently or teach a position in a unique way for it to make sense!
Hopefully, this beginner’s guide and tips for starting your yoga journey will help you set a solid foundation of learning and yoga appreciation that will help you throughout your yoga experience. Remember, everyone starts as a beginner and has their journey, so don’t rush yourself or feel discouraged!
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