So you're thinking about incorporating yoga into your life but you're not sure where to begin? This little guide will give you an idea of what to expect and how to get started.
Yoga is an incredible practice and one that we believe everyone could benefit from. In times like these when things are unpredictable, hard to understand and just a little messy, yoga can help calm and relax us mentally and physically.
Starting anything new can feel a bit daunting at first. Where should you go? what should you expect? Like anything else, when starting yoga it is always good to do a little research but we'll guess that's why you're here!
For starters, it is important to take into consideration why you are starting yoga. Is it to calm the mind? Are you looking to heal an injury or pain? Is it because a friend told you to give it a go? Or, just to try something new? Whatever the reason may be, use this as your intention, your reason why. Even if that is just curiosity, let that lead you to find a class or style that intrigues you.
So, where do you begin?
In-person or online?
The first thing you need to work out is whether you want to go to an in-person class or if you would prefer to do online classes. There are benefits to both but some people might not be too keen on going out to a class and like the idea of the freedom that comes with doing an online class. Some people enjoy getting the atmosphere and the accountability of doing an in-person class. Some people like a bit of both. We know that these are unusual times and it is not always possible to leave home, so rest assured that there are plenty of great online options available!
Decide which is best for you and then do a little digging. Google yoga studios near you, check out what they offer and look at some reviews. It is always good to chat with people around you, such as friends or colleagues that might be able to give you some recommendations.
Find a routine that works for you
The next important factor when starting your yoga journey is to try a few different things. There are many different styles of yoga, and yoga might also feel different depending on the time of day that you practice. For example, a morning practice might feel a little stiff in your body but more peaceful in your thoughts. In the afternoons, you might feel more physically active and flexible (having warmed up throughout the day), but you may find it harder to silence the mind.
Try different classes and styles until you find the one that works for you. Then, when you find that magic class that just feels great for you, work out when you're going to practice and how often. Then try to stay consistent! As they say, consistency is key.
What will your first class be like?
Depending on how you decide to attend your first yoga class, what to expect will vary. The main thing to know is that it can take time; starting a yoga practice might be unlike anything you have done before, so give yourself time to absorb and adapt to it. You will be guided through the class by your yoga teacher so leave any judgements and worries. And remember to breathe! Maybe that sounds crazy, but we think you'll know what we mean when you finish your first class.
At first, it might feel challenging both physically and mentally, but believe us, that is all part of the process! Learn to let go and let your intention guide you through.
The absolute most important bit of advice we can give you is: enjoy it! 😊
This little guide was put together to help give you an idea of how to get started. Do you have any extra questions for us? We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a comment below and we aim to answer all queries that you might have about getting started with yoga.