10 Ways to Make Yoga More Than A Resolution
Whether you are new to yoga or are looking to restart your practice there are some things to remember so as to avoid overwhelm.
10. Start with a five minute practice if you don’t have much time or start with a home practice if you can’t get to a studio. Don’t let the inability to get to a group class keep you from experiencing the benefits of a practice.
9. Classes are always crowded at the beginning of the year. If you tried going to classes for the first time in January or February and they were packed, know that by now things have calmed down a bit.
8. Don’t let the new and crazy sounding words scare you. Your teacher will show you what they are asking you to do and if you feel lost give it a couple of chances rather than just giving up right away. If you feel lost after a couple of classes find a new class and a teacher that makes you feel comfortable.
7. Don’t feel like you need all of the “gear”. You don’t need a special mat, expensive clothes or yoga socks. You don’t actually even need a mat to get started.
6. Go to the appropriate yoga class and practice the right kind of yoga for your body. If you have not moved your body in so long that you wore leg warmers the last time you went to a class then don’t start with an advanced Vinyasa class. Find a Gentle or Beginner’s class and give yourself permission to start slowly.
5. Know that it is ok to not be able to do every single pose that is taught. Go with the flow and do what you can. There is a reason it is called a yoga “practice”. It takes time and work.
4. Try not to compare yourself to your neighbor. Your teacher may say that to you and you might laugh to yourself and think ”right…” but really don’t do it. Yoga is not about comparing so stop doing it and enjoy your practice more by just being in the moment.
3. Remember to laugh a little (or even a lot). Yoga makes us feel joyous and laughter is just another expression of joy. A yoga class doesn’t have to be serious and stuffy.
2. Take care of yourself after class. Drink water, eat healthy foods and get some rest.
1. Start where you are. Forgot needing to be flexible and just go to a yoga class!
Emily Loupe is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, massage therapist and much more. She has a passion for wellness and helping people use the practices of yoga to create health, wellbeing and happiness. She teaches and runs a teacher training program in Austin, Texas called Elemental Yoga School. Elemental Yoga School will be offering online yoga programs in 2014. Find out more at http://www.elementalyoga.org