Getting started – the hardest part
It’s more than just fighting the inertia when it comes to starting something new, it’s about knowing what, where, when and how to start. And when it comes to yoga, it can be a tad overwhelming, with the different types, the various techniques, poses and even meditation.
Well, fret not!
Here are some simple steps to get you started on your journey to wellness:
- Determine what your goals are and what you wish to achieve out of your yoga journey
- Depending on your goals, this would also determine the type of class to take. Challenging classes that result in loads of perspiration would include Ashtanga Yoga whereas a slow, gentle class would be Yoga Nidra. Regardless of the class type, do remember to choose Beginner
- Be comfortable when you attend the class – no fancy apparel needed. However, as stretching is generally a part of each session, do dress accordingly to ensure your modesty is protected. Depending on the class, a towel might be needed as well
- Inform the instructor if you have any medical conditions. The instructor can suggest alternative/easier poses based on any existing conditions where necessary
- Relax. Don’t pay attention to what others are doing in the class; focus on yourself
- If you’re unable to execute the pose, worry not! Just do your best, as execution come with practice. Try to get a grasp on the breathing first.
- Practice, practice, practice. Take what you learn during your session and try to spend half an hour minimally at home, preferably 3 times over the week. You’ll soon get comfortable with the pose and it’ll come easily to you
Broken down as such, getting started isn’t too scary or difficult. Just remember, perseverance is key. So point 7 is a truly important step that you should never skip, even when you progress.