- Set a goal
The first thing you should consider when you have decided to practice yoga is what you want to get out of your practice. Knowing what benefits you would like to gain will help you select what style of yoga will suit you best.
- Forget excuses
It is easy to find excuses not to practice yoga, even if you want to. The images of yoga that are projected by the media can be intimidating and you may feel that you are not flexible or strong enough to compete. Try to forget the images you see and remember that yoga is for everyone.
- Research yoga classes
It is best to do some research on the types of yoga classes available in your area before committing to the first one you find. Some yoga studios have introductory courses that allow you to sample the atmosphere and teaching style for a couple of weeks. Finding the perfect class at the beginning can help you avoid dropping out in the long run.
- Find a good teacher
Finding a good yoga teacher is as important as choosing the correct style of yoga to suit your needs. This is why you shouldn’t hesitate to ask potential yoga teacher’s questions when visiting different studios. Remember to trust your gut, if you feel that the teacher isn’t a good fit it’s probably because they are not.
- Pick an outfit
You may not think that what you wear to yoga is that important but it can actually affect your performance a lot. This is because yoga generally demands flexibility, which you won’t be able to achieve if you turn up in jeans. Put comfort and utility at the top of your list when shopping for a yoga outfit.
- Pack a sports bag
Yoga classes usually necessitate a few accessories, depending on the type of practice. Remember to ask your yoga teacher what you should bring for each class. You will probably want to purchase a yoga mat and a water bottle to keep you hydrated.
- Don’t ignore pain
Many physical activities encourage people to fight through the pain in order to improve performance, however, this isn’t the case with yoga. It is not a competition and you should always put your safety and well-being first.
- Be respectful
It is always important to be respectful during a yoga class, especially due to the nature of the practice. This includes basic manners such as arriving on time and paying your teacher on time as well as less obvious things such as avoiding perfume or cologne.
- Find an alternative to class
Sometimes there are just no yoga classes in your area. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up on yoga as there are lots of alternative methods such as videos, books, and magazines that can aid your home practice.
- Be committed
Reaping the full benefits of yoga can only occur when you are committed to a yoga lifestyle. This means incorporating what you have learned in class in your everyday life.