10 Top Tips for Starting Yoga

Yoga is an increasingly more popular and accessible activity.  From yoga for kids to yoga with wine, there’s an option for everyone. It can be done anywhere and for any length of time. If you are brand new to yoga you should follow some basic tips to get started. Yoga is an amazing exercise for your body, brain and spirit.

These are some tips to get you started with joining a yoga class online or practicing by yourself at home:

  1. Choose the right class

The classes are so varied and you can choose based on level of experience, age, goals. Make sure the class is right for you and that you are medically fit for it. The class should challenge you a bit more each time without being exhausting. Having extremely sore muscles will make you have a large gap between exercising on your yoga mat and will ultimately make you give up.

  1. Comfortable clothes

Comfort is important any time and yoga will get you in weird postures, so choose something you can move in. It’s also wise to get yoga grip socks, the sticky rubber bottom will keep you from slipping and make poses easier to keep.

  1. Empty stomach

Eating a big breakfast before a work out will make it very uncomfortable. A protein bar half an hour before is fine, keep it light and have a meal afterwards.

  1. Hydrate

The guideline is 8 glasses of water per day. The best is to listen to your body and always have water available. Hydration aids the metabolism, makes the skin look better, and most importantly helps with all the essential functions that keep us alive.

  1. Relax

Yoga is a peaceful and mindful exercise, there’s no pressure. Everyone is doing their best, in their own time, without judgment.

  1. Breathe

It’s often underestimated how breathing balances our body and mind. Deep breathing gets more oxygen in the body, which burns extra fat deposits. Practice breathing exercises whenever possible and incorporate them into your everyday life.

  1. Meditate

Yoga and meditation go hand in hand. The mind also needs to be strong and relaxed. Meditation can get you to appreciate and understand how the body works for you.

  1. Be kind to yourself

It is ok that you can’t do all the poses. You will in time and with practice, enjoy all the milestones. Reward yourself with something healthy you enjoy, like a massage or a tasty smoothie.

9.Listen to your body

Some days we just want to stay in bed and watch movies, and that’s fine. Be mindful of when your body needs rest and some pampering. Learn when to push yourself and when you just need a break. Yoga should not  be painful and you shouldn’t feel miserable doing it.

  1. Enjoy

Take one day at a time. After 6 months you’ll be looking back and realize how much you accomplished. Mastering new poses, having a better endurance, feeling better overall are just a few things to celebrate.

Don’t take things too seriously, savour the journey to a better and healthier life.