I still remember my first steps as a yogi. Without knowing where to start or what to do to begin with. I did know that I wanted to experience the yoga high that people were talking about. With all the technology available, it is as easy as to just go on Youtube and watch yoga beginner videos. You might be facing fear to just go try a random class by yourself or not understand the names of half the poses. Do not worry, I have a bit of advice for you to find your way into your first downward dog step by step.
Try out a yoga class at your gym
Don’t want to spend a big amount of money on a beginner’s yoga workshop? The fabulous thing about yoga classes at the gym is that they might not be the best long term. However, they are great to start getting comfortable with the asana names, the movement and how a generic yoga class evolves. It’s an affordable way to get a taste and figure out if it’s something you like.
Look into the different yoga styles there are
Hatha, Vinyasa, Rocket, Kundalini,… the list is endless as new yoga styles keep popping up. Depending on what you’re looking to get out of your class, you can already filter out a few styles. Do you want to try the latest hit? Or would you rather look into something slow that incorporates meditation? Maybe you have no clue at all? In any case, having a look at a list that explains all styles might be helpful to start out somewhere. Or you can also take the quiz we created on our homepage to help you figure out the yoga style that’ll suit you best!
Be easy on yourself
Anything new you try is not going to come easy. Especially if mindfulness in general is something you’ve never approached. Learning to flow with your breath, to stay present and not let your mind wander, to hold uncomfortable poses. Stay with me, I am not trying to scare you off! But I remember it was frustrating for me and a lot of people who have never tried something similar. Especially when your flexibility is not your biggest strength. Just know that it might be a bit difficult at the beginning and even suck at some points, but if you are easy on yourself, you will catch up in no time.
Know that there is no right or wrong way to yoga
I mean, there is a right way to do poses to avoid injuring yourself (obviously). What you have to remember though is, that yoga isn’t a competition to get to a specific pose. It’s a way for you to find yourself. So take every practice as it comes. Some days you might be able to hold a handstand after a long time practicing. Other days you won’t find the alignment. Just accept each practice as it is and see the lesson it is trying to teach you. We tend to be hard on ourselves and obsess to reach a certain goal. The physical practice of yoga might make you think that, but at the end of the day yoga has the meaning you want to give it.
As anything and even with all this advice, it will take you some time to get there. That is the beauty of yoga though. Everyone has a different journey and a different practice, so make yours fun and enjoyable by not talking it too seriously!