Starting to Practice Yoga Doesn't Have to be Complicated

 

Some of us are fearless when trying out new things. But, some take time to jumpstart on a new endeavor.

When it comes to fitness, yoga has been on my list but it took me time to finally roll the mat. As expected, it wasn’t a walk in the park. But, what I’ve learned along the way is to not be hard on myself because as most other yoga bloggers would say, yoga is what we make of it. There’s no right or wrong.

The Questions You Might Have

So, I wanted to share with you some of the questions I had in mind that I hear from some fellow beginners, too, and some tips I found from other blogs that worked for me, and hopefully work for you, as well.

Should I go to a studio?

Well, some people insist on doing it in a studio since you will have a professional instructor to guide you. But, I know a lot of people just doing yoga at home (even beginners). If this question comes from a need for someone to guide you, there are actually a lot of yoga videos (yes, even for beginners) available online. Make sure to take time to find which one works for you.

What things do I need if I decide to start yoga at home?

You simply need to find that space in your home where you feel you would be calm, comfortable and safe to practice in.

You might also want to have a yoga mat but you can do away without it, too. Though the mat will really help you from slipping as you do your Vinyasa.

There are other props, too, such as yoga blocks and a yoga strap. But, you may not have one or if you want, you can be creative and use alternatives such as books, foam, or rolled towel as your block and an actual belt, necktie, or the bathrobe sash will do just fine as a yoga strap.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothes that will allow as much freedom to move. In my case, I wear leggings or yoga pants.

Do I need to practice yoga at a specific time?

A lot of people practice in the morning. But the best time is whenever you feel like it, whenever you have the time to be kind to your body. Practically speaking, just practice at a time that works for you and your lifestyle.

It doesn’t have to be as long as 90-minutes, or an hour, it could be as short as 10 minutes. The key is not the duration. It’s the consistency.

Bottomline is...

Again, you don’t have to spend much. Just work with what you have. The most important thing is that you finally start. Listen to your body. Pay attention to how you’re feeling. Be consistent. And most of all, since you are just starting, be kind to yourself, too. Namaste.


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