If you are thinking about practicing yoga, here are some of the most helpful tips to get you started – some useful advice for any yoga beginner.
Find a good teacher
It is easier and more enjoyable to learn yoga from an experienced, qualified, teacher, who can teach you all its detailed, subtle physical, and mental aspects. You can also find tons of free videos on YouTube or apps that will guide you from the beginner poses.
Yoga is all about finding a deeper, healthier harmony between our body and mind with our breathing being central to this. Breathe into your whole body in the poses, and totally relax. There is a lot of things to learn about healthy breathing in yoga.
Respect your body’s inner wisdom and limitations
Don’t push yourself to do anything that feels wrong or dangerous for you. Try ‘Ahimsa’, known as the practice of non-harm, which is necessary for skillful and beneficial practice of yoga. Be aware of contraindications relevant to your specific circumstances. For instance, some poses are not to be practiced during menstruation or during early pregnancy, with certain injuries, or whereas other poses might be very helpful.
Don’t compare yourself with others
Just look inwards to your own progress. There are always people who are better and more experienced than you. Yoga might be fashionable, but it is not a spectator sport or a competition. So appreciate the subtle practicing progress of your own, the best part of it is in the healing awareness and unity of your own body, mind, and spirit.
Have a sense of humor
Yoga is a quiet activity, but we don’t need to take ourselves too seriously. We might feel ungainly and stiff as a board when we try to navigate ourselves into new poses. Humility, a bit of gentleness and an inner smile can save us from pushing ourselves to the point of strain and injury.