a beginner’s guide to yoga

During lockdown, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training, and having something to do and moving my body, really helped me through those months.

Now, we’re facing another potential lockdown here in the UK, so I wanted to just write down the basics for anyone who might want to calm their mind through the practice of yoga.

Lower your expectations

Before you start, make sure you start yoga with the right intentions. Make your yoga practice a time to connect with your mind and body.

Take some classes

Going to yoga classes is the easiest way to learn new poses, how to hold them, and different breathing techniques. Classes also give you the chance to try out different types of yoga, such as vinyasa and hot yoga.

Do some research

As with anything, you can find tons of information online with different poses, the best way to practice those poses, and different flows to follow. If you can’t get to a class, you can also find a lot of yoga flows on YouTube.

Accept where you are

Don’t expect your body to be able to move in a way it has never moved before. Those pictures you see online? People have been practicing yoga for years before being able to hold those poses. Make your yoga practice a time to connect with your mind and body. Slowly, you will get stronger and more flexible, and you’ll be able to hold poses that you never thought possible.

Find good background music/sounds

Some people like everything to be quiet while they practice yoga, others like nature sounds, or music. Try different things and learn what benefits you the most during your practice.

What you’ll need

The beautiful thing about yoga, is that you don’t really need anything to begin. You can put a towel on the floor and start.

But, there are props that will help improve your practice. A yoga mat is the most obvious one (less chance of slipping). Some other things you could invest in:

  • rollers
  • yoga blankets
  • yoga blocks
  • incense 
  • bolsters 

Follow your body

When you step onto your mat, your body will know what to do. Try to quiet your mind, be present in the moment, and start moving. You will feel what part of your body you should stretch next,

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6 Comments

  1. 19 October 2020 / 2:12 am

    I was against Yoga until beginning of this year because it didn’t seem like a workout. Now I see it as a way to clear your mind, stretch, and listen to your body! Great tips here!

  2. 13 October 2020 / 10:58 pm

    I like Yoga but now again stopped with so much work to do. I feel inspired by your post, will start again. Thanks for the tips and teaching the correct yoga postures.

  3. Lyosha Varezhkina
    13 October 2020 / 9:58 pm

    Great tips! i always say that you need a yoga teacher first to start your personal practice otherwise it might not be safe for your body

  4. 13 October 2020 / 5:18 pm

    I’m glad that you are giving people something to help them calm their mind. I know that it’s very important especially now that there’s a potential lockdown once more.

  5. Nikki Wayne
    13 October 2020 / 1:09 pm

    I love doing yoga,these are nice tips.

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