6 Tips For Yoga Beginners
Have you been hearing all the fuss about yoga and it’s many health benefits and wondering if it could be for you?
Maybe you’ve done yoga, a long time ago but feel like you’ve forgotten most of the poses and lost your flexibility.
Either way if it’s relatively unfamiliar, you may feel unsure of what to expect, and a little nervous about starting, even though deep down your gut is telling you it’s what you need.
Don’t worry I’ve got you covered with these 6 beginner tips. I wish someone shared these nuggets with me when I first started!
These are my top 6 tips 👇
💠 1. Find your motivation from within.
You don’t practise yoga to be good at yoga. You practice yoga so that you are better at life. Really dig deep for the real reason to why you want to create this positive change in your life.
When the motivation is ‘to lose some weight’ or ‘my doctor said it would be good for me’, people often find it hard to persist. Ask yourself what is the feeling behind your intention of losing weight or improving your flexibility.
How do you want to feel. Maybe it’s confidence or ease or a sense of empowerment. ✨
Focus on the feeling or emotion you want to experience and make that your main focus and all the other objectives will follow that.
When you discern your real emotional motivation, you will find it easier to grab your mat and make it to class.
💠 2. Have a beginners mindset
By signing up for a beginner yoga course, you likely already understand that you are here to learn, not to perform, and so is everyone else in the class. But we sometimes have a tendency to get a bit competitive with either our neighbours or ourselves and get frustrated because we couldn’t do a certain posture the way others do or the way we used to be able to do.
When you’re caught up in that comparison mode it usually keeps you stuck in your head and you stop tuning into your body. The inner critic or the taskmaster is activated that wants you to push yourself to meet a certain standard.
The teachings of yoga encourage you to always honour your body where it’s at in the moment and to play the hand you were dealt. When you stay true to this advice you’ll not only enjoy the practise more but you’ll remain injury free on the mat as well.
Try to cultivate your beginners mindset by reminding yourself that you are here to practice for yourself and let the practise be an act of self love.
The most important practice we do on our mat is the practice of Self-love.
Before you begin each practise set the intention to truly accept where you are, and appreciate that you have a healthy body which is able to move freely and do yoga.
💠 3. YOU ARE THE BOSS on your mat
Yes you are the boss! The teachers are there to support you and guide you, but when you want to rest, you can rest. When you think a pose is not for you, you can choose a modification.
You don’t need to apologise if you raised a different arm to what the teacher instructed, because you are in control.
When you attend a public yoga class, don’t worry about ‘catching up’ with the pace. Teachers understand that everyone’s had a different day to contend with before they stepped onto the mat and everyone’s body and mood will feel different.
Always do what feels good in your body and as you feel yourself pushed up against your edge, its up to you to honour your own boundaries and pull back if it’s too much. There is never any judgement for this. In fact if you are someone that tends to push and over effort then ‘the work’ in your practise may be to learn to pull back more and find balance between effort and ease.
💠 4 Questions help everyone
Don’t be shy to ask questions in and after classes. You’d be surprised that many people have the same questions but are too shy to speak up. Some people learn well by just listening to the instructions, some people are more visual, they prefer the poses to be demonstrated, whilst for some people, hands-on adjustments work the best.
Questions also help your teachers to know you better so they can help you progress faster.
💠 5. Yoga teachers are not perfect
Yoga teachers actually fall on the mat the most. Their demonstration might seem effortless after the 500th time they’ve practised that pose, but for you it is still new and you are the one who has to stay in the pose for what may feel like forever!
At some stage, you will start correcting your teachers for mixing up the left and the right sides, or reminding them of the names of some poses.
In yoga classes, both you and your teacher are practicing the teachings of yoga. The connections between you are precious, because you grow together in the process.
💠 6. Have fun, It’s just yoga!
Yoga is not as serious as it sounds with the deep audible breathing and fancy sanskritt names. Think of it as a toolkit of practises you can draw upon to improve your experience of your life.
So throw away your expectations and ego. Having a good time is so much more important than ‘achieving’ a certain posture.
Stay on your mat and explore, have a light mindset and enjoy!