6 Yoga Tips For Beginners
Posted: Jun 08 2017
To clarify, I am not a yoga instructor. I love practicing different forms of yoga, and I want to share with you 6 yoga tips for beginners because yoga should not be intimidating :)
At times life can become overwhelming or stressful and often we forget to take some time to take care of ourselves. Yoga is a great exercise that can be added into your regular routine. I have tried many different types of yoga styles throughout the years, from Bikram hot yoga, Barre yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and so forth. The following yoga tips for beginners are what I have picked up that can be applied to any type of yoga you are practicing.
Don’t forget, yoga should not be intimidating. Everyone practices at their own level, and focus on their own goals and improvements. You are doing this for you and only you ;)
Take A Class.
Whether you are new or a regular yogi, I always encourage people to take classes. Yes, there are videos you can watch and do in the comfort of your own home. But the advantage of taking a class is that you have a professional instructor guiding you throughout your exercise. One minute you might think you are doing something right and the next you might be straining or hurting yourself.
If you live in Toronto, The Rosedale Club offers lots of different yoga classes focusing on your specific need.
Go For the Mirror.
Don’t be shy about being so close to the mirror or by the instructor, it will actually benefit you! Being able to see yourself in the mirror will allow you to see exactly what you are doing --- you’ll be surprised at what your body can do! Another positive note about the mirror is that you will see and focus on yourself only. I used to stand further away but easily got distracted by other classmates in front of me.
This may sound like an odd tip but smiling helps calm your mind and body. Just remember, you are doing this for yourself. Stay open and keep positive about the experience and smile throughout it!
There’s nothing wrong with taking breaks in yoga class. It’s almost better to calm your body down than to push yourself too hard and get injured. Learn the Child Pose and hop into this pose whenever you need a break. This will help calm down your body until you are ready to get back at it again.
Trust me on this, your mat totally matters. I remember the first time I practiced yoga, I opted for the cheaper mat. It sorted did the job, but it made practicing yoga a lot harder. My hands and feet kept slipping away and during class, I would stress about keeping my grip rather than focusing on my stretches and breathing. Look for something sticky, not too thin or thick either.
Yoga is not about how far you can stretch or how long you can hold that handstand. It’s about your mind, body, and movements. To make the most out of your practice, go in with a clear head and focus on your breathing. Your breathing will help focus your mind so you can pay attention to every movement and stretch you make.
I hope these 6 yoga tips for beginners will encourage you to give yoga a try. If you have any questions on yoga, please let us know in the comments below and we will seek the answers for you. Namaste!