Part of my new year’s resolution was to make yoga an active part of my life. My decision came partly because I long to do all the cool inversions and splits I see people do on Instagram. I think it’s totally badass. But also, I know yoga will help me become a better runner and keep me from many injuries. It is already mid year and I realized I’ve been slacking a whole lot with this resolution.
I’ve decided to remedy the situation and signed up for some yoga sessions at a local yoga studio just about 2 miles away from home. I’ve prepaid a few sessions to keep motivated to go. Now, besides running on the weekends, 1 hour of yoga is being added to my already hectic schedule.
As I make arrangements to deepen my yoga practice, I realize often time we start something new with lots of excitement, then give up as the challenges arise. For that, I put together for you a list of what you need to know about starting the practice of yoga so that you don’t give up as soon as it gets challenging.
6 Things you need to know about yoga.
- Keep an open mind. When you begin practicing yoga, you will be challenged in ways you never thought possible (physically and emotionally). Be ready for the challenge, go in with an open mind. Embrace the process, be ready to learn. When it gets rough, don’t give up.
- Give it your all. If you really want to learn yoga, you have to be ready to give it your all. If not, you will give up as soon as you start. When a position is difficult, just keep trying, find out the different variations of that position to work your way to it. Don’t be shy to ask questions. The yoga teachers are very open to helping you reach your goal. After all, it is their job to teach you.
- It takes time. It won’t all come to you at once. It’s ok if you don’t get it right the first, second, third time, or beyond. Just keep trying and it will pay off. I love that saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try again”. Just like anything else, it will take time before you can master the art of yoga. Don’t be too hard on your self, just enjoy the journey.
- You don’t need to be flexible to start practicing. Flexibility comes with practice. If you tell yourself you’re not flexible enough to start practicing yoga, you will never get anywhere. All you need to do is start somewhere.
- There is more to yoga than the fancy poses. Yoga goes beyond the inversions, the handstands, the splits etc… The practice of yoga is supposed to help with your flexibility, your mental and physical strength, your sanity, your everyday life.
- Practice yoga at home. Your yoga practice should go beyond the classroom. If you only keep your practice to what you do in the classroom, chances are, you won’t reach the level you aspire to. Experts recommend at least 3 days of practice each week to get your body accustomed to moving a certain way. Consistency is key to your success.
- It’s all in your mind. People don’t really care about what you do and how you do it in a group session. I learned that everyone is there for themselves and could care less about your lack of experience in yoga. So don’t worry about what you think people might think of you, and just do you. Matter of fact, most people are willing to help out if you ask.
I hope you found these tips useful guys. Would you add anything to this list? What have you learned practicing yoga? Share with me below. I love you hear from you guys!