How To Start Your Yoga Practice

Have you been considering how to start your yoga and meditation practice however you are unsure where or how to start? *LEAN IN A LITTLE CLOSER FRIENDS* I’m here to help. 

Yoga is for everyone; while this may seem cliché to say this is fact that isn’t so well known. Despite your race, creed, religion, or origin Yoga is for YOU. This seems to be the leading factor as to why many people of color are hesitant to give yoga a try. While we can sit and discuss the origins and all the great benefits of Yoga I encourage you to visit Why Yoga to dive into the history and reasons yoga is beneficial. While we may assume we need a step by step lecture on the ways in which one should approach Yoga, you may be shocked to find that all you need is YOU.

Where Do I Start?

Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means to YOKE. The intention within yoga is to unite breathe and body as well as body and mind. Because of the Yoga is a breathe based practice and all you need is your body and your breathe to start your Yoga practice. The conscious effort to breath intentionally is indeed Yoga. Taking a moment to go for a walk after a heated debate is also…. you guessed it Yoga. To start your Yoga practice as a beginner it is best to first feel the benefits yourself in a comfortable setting such as our home. Starting off you do not need a Yoga as an essential to starting an at home practice. You are welcome to use a blanket or simply utilizer your floor. Starting of with an at home practice gives you a safe space to become familiar with your body, build confidence in your personal practice, and find the style of yoga you best resonate with. When starting your practice ask yourself, ” Why Am I Starting My Yoga Practice?” or ” Why Do I Need From Yoga?” This allows us to be intentional with our practice and get what we as an individual need from the practice. Believe it or not, you can make what you want or need it to be because the benefits will not change. Yoga is designed not only for deep relaxation and stretching. Depending on the posture and movement yoga will tone your muscles, stretch you ligaments, give you the cardio burst you need, and relax you. In short, Yoga can also be added to your workout regiment.

When Do I Find A Yoga Studio?

Many Yoga Studios have beginner classes that help us learn the fundamental’s of yoga such as proper alignment, core stabilization, breathwork, and much more. However, it is important to keep in mind that beginner does not mean easy. Beginner classes are designed to build body awareness which means you may get a proper workout on your mat to stabilize the core and build muscles within the body that are not typically activated. This enhances your practice, builds a deeper mind body connection, as well as insures that we do not injure ourselves during our practice. When starting a yoga practice you can visit a yoga studio at anytime you wish. It is all about how comfortable you are being a big class setting and have found a studio that builds a solid yoga foundation. Let’s say you only want to learn how to do specific poses, learn more about alignment, or more about the history of yoga there are workshops that are hosted by Yoga Studios monthly that may be beneficial as well. When looking for Yoga Studios it is key to ask yourself what do you want out of a studio. Is it inclusion? If so, what do that look like to you? Similar to when starting your at home practice; what style of yoga do you want the studio to teach? Each studio has their own rooted yoga style and aesthetics. However, it is safe to say you will never step into a yoga studio that is the same as another.

STEPS TO STARTING YOUR PRACTICE

  1. Set Your Intention: “Why Am I Starting Yoga?”
  2. Choose Yoga Practice: Restorative, Yin, Bikram, Etc.
  3. Clear A Space For Practice
  4. Start Practicing

Ready to start your practice? For Live Virtual Yoga Classes, Private Sessions, and Yoga Therapy visit http://www.rgvyoga.com . If you have injuries or underlining conditions consult with you doctor about how yoga may benefit you as an complementary additive your recovery prior to your first consultation.

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