So you decided you want to become a yogi. Great. But what next? Not to worry, I got you covered.
Read on these yoga tips for beginners.
What To Wear?
- Whatever you do, don’t ever do yoga in jeans or super tight pants where you can’t move. You need yoga pants which allow for breathability, flexibility, and make you feel comfortable.
- A great pair of yoga pants to start with are with the brand 90 Degree by Reflex with either the Power Flex Yoga Pants or their High Waist Tummy Control Power Flex Capris. They are budget-friendly, super comfortable, durable and a dupe for Lululemon yoga pants. I still have my original pair of Power Flex yoga pants that I got a few years ago and I treasure them dearly.
- If you want some really trendy yoga wear then I recommend you check out my post about Fabletics.
- As for tops, the same rule applies as for the pants: don’t wear anything constricting. However don’t wear a t-shirt that’s too loose as it will get in the way of your face when doing Downward Dog.
- You’ll be practicing barefoot in all your yoga classes. Sometimes if I’m cold I will wear a pair of Toesox to keep them warm. What’s cool about these socks is that the soles are covered with nubs so if you have sweaty feet wearing these will also stop you from slipping on your yoga mat. However since getting a Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel I hardly ever reach out for them (except when I’m cold) and use them instead for workouts.
What To Bring To Class?
- A hand towel (to assess whether you’re a heavy sweater)
- Props like yoga blocks and straps. Sometimes they are provided by the studio so check in with them.
- A yoga mat! And do invest in a good quality mat! Yes you can rent one from some studios but it really doesn’t pay off.
As much as a cheap mat seems appealing because of the price, I can guarantee you it will not last you long and it won’t perform. You’ll be slipping and sliding and pieces of the mat will start to break off.
What’s worse is that if you keep on replacing these cheap mats, it will end costing you more in the long run than if you were to have gotten a good quality mat from the get-go.
When you see your mat as an investment, you’ll not only be more comfortable practicing yoga and become better at it, but you’ll reduce the amount of yoga mats entering landfills which contributes to more waste.
Watch a Video Or Attend a Beginner’s Workshop
- If you see a studio that offers beginner’s workshops I highly recommend you attend one. There you will learn about proper alignment and the names of the most common practiced poses.
Now I wish I actually did this when I first started yoga. I just showed up at my local gym and of course I was all lost. Teachers were correcting my alignment for most of the poses and it me quite a few classes to figure out what a “flow” and “vinyasa” meant.
- If no studio offers any workshops of this sort, you can do your prepping by going online and watching some demonstrations of the poses. The online platform YogaDownload.com has some detailed instructional videos of poses as well thousands of yoga classes in various styles so you know what to expect if you go to a Power Yoga class.
Get a Discounted Trial Pass
Find out which studios offer discounted trial classes and try them (tip: Get the MindBody app to get a list of participating yoga studios in your area). You might get lucky and find one that offers free classes for like a week.
From personal experience each studio has it’s own unique ambiance with the teachers they hire, specialty classes and even the type of crowd it attracts.
There’s no doubt that you will enjoy some studios and classes more than others and the only way to find out is by attending them.
Take Beginner Classes—Obviously!
You don’t want to end up in an advanced class feeling discouraged and comparing yourself to others. Or worse yet injuring yourself because you want to keep up with others.
While I mentioned in my previous post to experiment with classes, it’s not a good idea to do advanced classes like Ashtanga and Power Yoga a few weeks into your practice.
As a general rule, Hatha Yoga is your best bet for starters. After that you can try classes like Hot Yoga or Bikram Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga if you aren’t into heated types of yoga.
Go With a Friend
When we want to instill a new habit it can be tough. Just like having a workout buddy to keep you accountable, how about you go with a yogi friend to yoga? Not only will this ensure you don’t miss any classes but your friendship will deepen and you’ll be enjoying your classes more.
Bonus: You might also end up finding out your favourite yoga classes much sooner.
Create A Plan and Commit
Make a plan and decide how much you want to practice. Then schedule it.
As you know, the more you do something the better you get at it. That being said it’s not advisable to practice yoga for hours on end. If you want a daily practice aim for practicing 1 hour at most each day.
If you want to commit to a daily practice but find that studio classes are getting too expensive, you can sign up for online yoga classes.
Acknowledge Your Progress
Don’t be hard on yourself if you aren’t keeping up with the other beginners. Each body is different and it takes time to become more flexible and get more stamina.
If you stick to practicing at least 3 times a week you will see further progress I promise. In the meantime acknowledge yourself each time for staying committed to your practice and in choosing to pursue your journey towards health and overall well-being.
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Do you know of other yoga tips for beginners? Please share. I would love to hear from you!
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