Find The Right Yoga Practice For You
Each yoga practice is different. If you choose a type of yoga that isn’t right for your goals or your fitness level, you could become frustrated and burnt out!
If you’re a beginner, try Hatha, which is slow, measured and gentle:
Or try Vinyasa, which is a slightly more upbeat, continuous flow from sun salutation to sun salutation:
If you’re more focused on meditation, try Anusara, which emphasizes the connection of mind and soul:
If you’re looking to sweat, grab a water bottle and sign up for Bikram or CorePower:
But if you’d like to focus on posture, try Iyengar:
For a complete breakdown of those styles and many more, click here.
If you can’t get to a yoga class, then websites like Do Yoga With Me (and YouTube) offer free online classes.
Gather The Right Equipment
Yoga doesn’t have to be expensive. While you could spend hundreds of dollars on mats, outfits, straps and blocks, you don’t have to. Order a yoga mat, and if you don’t have yoga pants, just wear loose-fitting pants.
If you’ve been looking for a reason to splurge on Beyoncé’s Ivy Park athletic selection, this is it. It’s all in the name of health.
Learn more about your equipment options here.
The key to doing yoga? Do yoga even when you don’t want to do yoga.
Set a specific time to do it every day. If you wait each day until you “feel like it,” then you’ll never do it. But if you find a set time every day, such as right after work, then you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
You don’t have to do an hour of high-intensity hot yoga every day. Start slow and small. Do fifteen minutes of a slower, gentler yoga, or change up the styles. If you make it too difficult too quickly, you’ll become intimidated and quit. Stay motivated!
Know The DOs And DON’Ts
To get the most out of your first class, come prepared.
DO familiarize yourself with the basics ahead of time.
DON’T wear shoes or socks.
DO take the time to choose the type of yoga that’s right for you.
DON’T drink water during class. Bring a water bottle and hydrate before and after.
DO learn the lingo.
DON’T eat right before class. If you do need to eat, have a light snack at least an hour before.
DO have fun!
How To Get Into Yoga (And Why You Even Should)
Yoga is relaxing, strengthening and fun! Find the right practice for you and get started with a few minutes each day. You’ll be a yogi before you know it.