Are you a beginner at yoga? Here is few tips on how to ease yourself into your newfound yoga practice
- Don’t expect to be a pro! Like everything, yoga takes time to master so don’t stress if you can’t hold a handstand after one class.
- Let your instructor know you’re a first timer so they can keep an eye out and lend advice if needed.
- Expect a workout. Any movement your body isn’t used to will awaken muscles you didn’t know existed. Don’t be surprised if you break a sweat or are sore the next day.
- Don’t push too hard. A good instructor will provide variations for those poses you can’t quite get to. If you feel like you’re tearing something you probably are. It’s great to push past the point of resistance, but not to the point of strain or injury.
- Go with a friend. Heading into a yoga studio full of Bendy Betties in crop tops can be daunting. Go with a friend to take away some of the nerves.
- Set up in the second row, so you can follow the people in front of you.
- Drink plenty of water and eat afterwards. Static holds and slow muscle contractions take a lot of energy – make sure you rehydrate and replenish the nutrients lost during your workout.
- Try yoga at different times of the day. For some first thing in the morning energizes them for a busy day, and for others practising before bed aids a restful sleep.
- Practice at home. If you can remember sequences from class, great. If not, download a yoga app or follow sequences on YouTube.