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:
- yoga blankets
- yoga blocks
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,