NEW TO YOGA
Everyone starts at the beginning right?
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When you’re brand new to yoga, it can feel intimidating and be difficult to know exactly where and how to get started. Our New to Yoga guide was created specifically for you—to give you all the tips, guidelines, and recommendations you will need to start your R1SE yoga practice.
Starting yoga can seem like a daunting task, and the challenges that face beginners can be overwhelming. How do you begin an exercise practice when you’re out of shape and you’re not sure if you have the time to commit to a regular routine? We want you to be successful from the start, that’s why we’ve gathered our best tips for yoga beginners!
12 Top Tips
- Learn some poses ahead of time
Many of the poses (asanas) can feel complicated, especially at first. Luckily, you can spend some time before your first class getting accustomed to the poses that you can expect to perform, such as Child's Pose, Warrior 1, Down Dog and so on. By learning a few of these beginner poses, you’ll feel more confident and ready to take part in your class.
- Modify for your body and needs
Particularly at the beginning, it will be difficult to accomplish every pose covered in your class. If you find that you’re having trouble, your instructor can help you find ways to make it easier on your body. Don’t be afraid to use blocks, straps, or blankets to make the practice easier for your body.
- Begin where you are
Yoga is a transformative journey meant to lead you towards some type of goal, whether that goal is less stress, better health, or inner peace. Knowing where you are can help you know where to begin and take your first steps towards your goal.
- Avoid making comparisons
Because yoga is your own journey, there is no point in checking out someone else’s progress for the sake of comparing and judging yourself to them. You can draw motivation, appreciation, and inspiration from their bodies’ capabilities; however, don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t at that point yet. Regular practice will help you get there.
- Focus on your foundation
Much like the foundation of a building, your hands and feet form the foundation of your body. Your body depends on having a strong and steady foundation to properly hold the poses. Pay attention to the way your hands and feet are positioned and spread your fingertips and toes to build a firm base of support.
- Stay hydrated
Hydration is crucial, especially if you're in a Hot Class. Sip water throughout class and then rehydrate after you’ve finished your yoga class to replace fluids. Maybe even enjoy a refreshing post class tea!
- Remove distractions
Worries, to-do lists, and smartphone notifications all need to be set aside for a successful session. Write down your to-do list before your practice and turn your phone off. Shift your focus away from worries and instead focus on your breath, body, and intentions while practicing.
The flow of your breath is essential in yoga classes. By breathing slowly and deeply throughout your regular routine, you increase circulation and reduce stress while stimulating your mind and body. Breathing helps reduce the risk of injury, allowing your body to relax as it moves through different poses.
- Eat mindfully
Be mindful of your eating habits, if you’re hungry, a light snack can help you fuel up for your class. Try not to eat anything 2-3 hours before class otherwise you’ll feel some discomfort in poses that put pressure on your belly.
- Respect your body’s limits
Discovering and knowing your physical and mental limits is vital to succeeding in yoga. Listen to your body as you stretch, move, and breathe. If you have trouble breathing or experience pain, adjust the pose until you can do it without struggling. Also, keep in mind that some poses shouldn’t be attempted for those with certain conditions, such as injury, pregnancy, and chronic illness.
- Have a sense of humour
Having a healthy sense of humour can help you navigate moments when you feel uncomfortable, awkward, or even embarrassed trying out new yoga poses. Keep in mind that there is no pressure to be perfect as you move through different postures. In fact, smiling and internally laughing during yoga classes can help you remain relaxed and calm which will encourage success and prevent unnecessary suffering.
- Peace at Last
Savasana, the final resting pose, might be the most difficult posture in the class. Many of us are accustomed to being constantly active and busy, and lying still with our thoughts and feelings, can be a challenging experience. Practice shifting your attention to the sensations of your body relaxing and consciously work on releasing stress and tension during the pose.