Let’s be honest: A) Adam Levine looks hot all the time but he looks even hotter when he does yoga. B) Yoga can be very intimidating. Walking into a studio full of fit, bendy, stretchy people who look like they do yoga in their sleep will make anyone feel like running for the door…I felt this way the first time I walked into a yoga studio. I didn’t feel thin or flexible enough; I didn’t feel like I belonged. Though I wanted to throw in the towel & go home I decided to stick it out — I’m so glad I did!
Yoga is so good for you; there are an array of reasons to give it a try. It not only is good for your health, it helps you clear your mind, become more attuned with your body & tone up at the same time. It’s a win, win! All you need for yoga is time, a mat & an open mind. You don’t have to be super flexible, or have practiced for years. The yoga community is one of the most welcoming; yoga is for everyone! I’ve received a few emails asking about yoga & how to get into it so I thought I’d share them with all of you. Here are a few yoganisms for beginners to get you started:
- Find a studio near you. I’ve taken classes at gyms & at studios & there’s a huge difference between the two. Yoga studios are geared towards helping you focus on the practice of yoga. The teachers are more hands on. It’s worth going to a studio to take a class.
- Have an open mind. Don’t walk in with any expectations other than trying something new. Taking an hour or two of your day to be disconnected with the world & connected with your body is a huge gift to yourself, enjoy it. Leave the clutter of your day behind & focus on you & your mat — that’s all that matters during yoga time.
- Just Breathe. Breathing is the foundation block of any yoga practice — it’s the most important thing you do. Pay attention to your breathing & take note of it with every pose. Like anything, when we’re working our body sometimes the first thing we want to do is hyperventilate or hold our breath & that’s no good. Take long, steady, deep breathes the best you can throughout your yoga time.
- Don’t force it. At the beginning, some positions won’t feel comfortable, that’s totally normal. Pay attention to how you’re feeling; yoga shouldn’t be painful. Do what feels good/right for your body & do the best you can. Every pose has a modification which is just as good as the full pose.
- Modify it. Most studios will have yoga blocks, belts or blankets — use them! The first time I used a yoga block to hold a pose completely changed the way my body felt in it, I was able to hold it longer, deeper. As you continue to practice yoga you’ll slowly shed the tools your body no longer needs. Till this day, every time I walk into the studio I grab these tools, sometimes I use them, sometimes I don’t. But it’s good to have them there just in case.
- Give thanks. Thank yourself for taking “me” time. Thank your body for working hard everyday. Thank the world for giving you another day to live fully! I know it sounds totally cheesy but think about it, how often do you completely disconnect from everything around you to just make time for you? It’s a big deal. Give yourself a pat on the back!
See, not that hard right? Easy peasy. The more you practice yoga, the more comfortable you’ll become. I really look forward to my yoga time every week, it’s one of my favorite things to do. I hope soon it becomes one of your favorites too. Namaste!
Have you tried yoga before? Why or why not?
PS. If you’re in Orlando & love Yoga & Flash Mobs, tomorrow’s your lucky day! There’s a yoga flash mob going on at Millenia Mall tomorrow afternoon, check it out here.