I am an avid Yoga-doer. I might not be the most flexible person and able to do elaborate poses and stretches and I may not have the most stamina and be able to partake in lengthy workouts but… I massively enjoy yoga and try and do at least a small bit every day. I find it benefits my mental and physical health all in one and for someone with anxiety, thats the perfect type of exercise for me. 

I’ve spoken about Yoga on my blog before and also mentioned it a fair few times on Twitter but each time Yoga is brought up, I always see comments from people saying they wanna give it a try but don’t know where to start. Or that they’ve tried it in the past but didn’t know what to do. I understand different types of exercise benefit different people and I wouldn’t ram Yoga down everyone’s throats if someone genuinely doesn’t enjoy it but… if you’re one of those people that like the sound of it and thinks it will benefit you but just don’t know where to start or what to think about it, this post is for you!

Here are my tips and things to remember for someone who’s brand new at yoga! 

1. You don’t have to go to a class: there are many fabulous Yoga DVD’s on Amazon (I have the Tara Lee Elements DVD’s and love them) and also free Yoga on YouTube (I use Yoga With Adriene a LOT – she’s utterly brilliant). If you’re conscious about doing yoga in front of people, you don’t have to!

2. Yoga isn’t a competition and it’s crucial you work at your own pace and do what feels good for you: this is the key to Yoga, it’s all about you, you, you. There’s no right or wrong way to practice – as long as you’re sensible with the stretches and don’t hurt yourself then you have free reign to do you!

3. You don’t have to get hot and sweaty: I know Hot Yoga is a huge “thing” right now but I wouldn’t be seen dead doing that! You can tailor your practices to how you’re feeling, if you don’t wanna get hot and sweaty that day, you don’t have to.

4. It’s brilliant for relaxation: Not only does Yoga focus heavily on your breath and breathing exercises, the act of taking the time to stretch is so beneficial for relaxation. You’ll stretch parts of your body you never ever knew you had!

5. Don’t take it too seriously: Yoga isn’t like running where you may want to hit a certain number of kilometres or weights where you want to hit a certain weight. Yoga teaches you to be present and focus on how you’re feeling right now. So relax with it, don’t push yourself into that pose if you can’t do it yet. Move around your mat. Flow. Have fun.

6. Yoga can be fun: There’s no doubt some Yoga classes out there which are super duper serious but if you’re a newbie, you want to enjoy it. I’d highly recommend trying Yoga With Adriene if that’s the case for you because she chats to you like a friend during the work out and you’ll finish it feeling super energised.

7. Sensation over shape: Can’t touch your toes? Who cares. Can’t get into that pose? Who cares. Do what you can do and that’s the importance of sensation over shape. Yoga literally emphasises your pleasure – why wouldn’t you want to do a work out which feels good but is also healthy?

Do you practice yoga? What tips would you add to this list? 


  1. […] Yoga is the most obvious one because I never stop bloody talking about it! Yoga has made me enjoy exercise again, after years of not doing any due to my anxiety. It gives me something to wake up and look forward to every single day and it literally – literally – supports me in ways I never knew it could. It’s taught me how to breath like, actually breathe. It’s given me faith in my own body again but also taught me that it’s important to do what feels good – not just what is perceived to be good from the outside world. I’m working towards getting stronger, fitter and more aware of my own body and what it needs not just getting toned and trim. […]

  2. Love this post! My favorite is ‘hot’ yoga but that may be attributed to the fact that I live in the snowy-Midwest where I freeze my face everyday so it’s kinda nice to defrost 😀 # 7 was my favorite point, Sensation over Shape absolutely!

  3. Thank you so much for this post! It was exactly the motivation I needed to start doing some yoga again! I find that the yoga classes in the gym often focuses too much on the poses and too little on the breathing and feeling, so I can’t wait to check out the Yoga With Adriene channel 😀
    / Sara

  4. Do you have any recommendations for yoga apps? Living in China, I don’t have great access to streamed videos online, or classes in English, or even a way to order English DVDs all that easily. So I wondered if an app may offer a few classes, etc.

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ve done yoga a little in the past, and want to start now. It helps a lot after a long and stressful day – it’s become my little moment of peace and calm!

  5. Yesss! Sensation over shape! I feel like even in my own practice if I don’t feel like getting on the mat, anticipating the yummy sensations in the body is a good way to motivate myself.

  6. I’ve just started yoga, second class tomorrow! After my first class I felt so different; relaxed, different body posture and so much more open and calm. 🙂

  7. Awesome read! I agree. We live in comparison in so many aspects we forget the core of yoga. We forget to feel and listen to the body. It’s more about union than any thing. To connect. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Nice Tips related to yoga. yoga is much more beneficial For every one. I am telling you on the behalf of my own experience. I am starting yoga Since 2016 and i realise the power of yoga and its benefits.

  9. Loved what you wrote!!! Great tips! I wanted to try Yoga for so long but was too embarrassed to try and then I just went for it a few months ago and now I cannot imagine my life without it!

  10. I am starting to get into yoga and so far I am loving it. I come out so relaxed and content! I made it my goal for 2018 to do it weekly and you are absolutely right, you stretch parts of your body you didn’t know existed!!! 🙂 xx

  11. I too recommend Yoga with Adriene. I am just starting her new 30day challenge and writing one line a day about my yoga experience.

      1. Oh Fab 😃 we can chat about our experience. I am new to blogging so I’m gonna have to figure out how to follow you but come follow my January blog we’re I write about it 😁

  12. I regularly do yoga and yes yoga with adrienne is my go to always!! Shes amazing, yoga has helped my relaxation and anxiety so much xx

  13. Hi Jenny, great post. I started Hatha yoga three months ago. I can touch my toes at last for the first time in two decades! Awesome! The new flexibility I have gained is good, but I really enjoy the meditative aspect. That is one of the reasons why I chose Hatha. Have a Merry Christmas! Love your blog.

  14. Thanks Jenny! I am going to start yoga in 2018. I find just going to the gym and doing cardio and strength training doesn’t give you the great feeling you get after stretching. Can’t wait to feel energized and relaxed!

  15. Great tips! I agree with all of them. I’m currently doing my yoga teacher training, and I am definitely not flexible or able to do any and all of the poses. But yoga is a journey, not a final destination 🙂

  16. I’m currently trying to work on my health and fitness as I climbed a mountain the other day and nearly died in the process, haha. I’ve been thinking about incorporating yoga into my routine as I love the idea of something that is good for your mind as well as your body – and hopefully it could help with my anxiety. Thanks to you, I’m definitely going to give Yoga With Adriene a shot!
    Beth x

    1. You climbed a mountain?! Bloody hell haha! Well I’m glad it didn’t kill you! Yoga is great to add in even if you do lots of other exercises because the stretches are invaluable! Yoga With Adriene has some great stretch orientated videos which aren’t as high intensity but you definitely feel it afterwards xxx

    1. It’s difficult if you’ve got a busy lifestyle but I think once you set aside that time however many times a week you want to practice then it falls into place. Maybe try a few shorter practices? Yoga With Adriene has a range some of them are only 15/20 mind!

  17. Ah I love a bit of yoga, I just wish I had the motivation to carry it on haha. I may pick it up again now that I’ve got loads of spare time! It’s so relaxing and a great way to stretch the body.

    Claudia xo

  18. This is great! I used to practice yoga and I loved it, but since having two babies and a little weight gain my confidence in the practice has flattened but I’ve been wanting for so long to get back into it but after reading your post, I think I might pick it up again slowly but surely!

  19. I did yoga for a while very consistently….and then I got out of the habit! I am trying to get back into it now because my body feels awful right now. Unbelievably tight and just plain uncomfortable.
    I use the YogabyCandace app and love her!

  20. I tried Yoga a few months ago, but had to stop for medical reasons. I honestly can’t wait until I’m okay to give it another shot! I loved just sitting aside and forgetting everything just for a little!

    JustTheBeginning-x.com | Latest blog post: Decorating for Christmas – BLOGMAS Day 1

  21. I tried yoga once before, I went to a class with a friend but we were asked to leave because halfway through the class a seagull on the roof could be heard squawking down the chimney and we both got uncontrollable giggles! I’m going to ask my osteopath whether she thinks yoga might be OK for me (I have a slipped disc so need to be careful) and if so what type. Thanks for the reminder, Jenny, somehow this had slipped off my To Do List! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  22. Absolutely agree with all tips here. I have been doing yoga since i was a teenager with my mum and I still get stiff! It’s really important to just go at your own pace, I had a knee injury a couple of years ago and it completely changed my yoga practise but guess what i could still do yoga even when i couldn’t run or swim! Definitely good for winding down morning or night. Ps also watch Adrianna and Cadance too 🙂

    Jen xxx

  23. I totally agree with your tips here 🙂 Yoga has made such a difference in my life – particularly since having a baby and finding I can’t bend like I used to! I really treasure the quiet time it gives me to clear my head. I would add that it helps to find a small neighborhood studio. The bigger ones make it harder for you to connect with the teacher and build a relationship. I’ve always found smaller studios much more welcoming!

  24. I’ve never properly tried yoga, I did a bit on the Nintendo wii because why not but never really gave it a second thought.

    Now I’m wondering if it would be beneficial to my running as well as my Mh … maybe something to think about for the new year!

    Great post!

    1. Absolutely! Yoga With Adrienne which I mentioned, she makes videos for specific things and I’m sure I’ve seen a “Yoga for Runners” video on her channel! She does plenty of Yoga for relaxation, Yoga for stress, yoga for anxiety etc! (: xxx

  25. Great post Jenny! 💕 I am another Yoga with Adrienne fan! She is absolutely brilliant ☺️. No matter how I’m feeling before, yoga always makes me feel better. All the tips you mentioned are spot on. In fact, I’m going to do a yoga YouTube video right now – thank you for the inspiration 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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