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Tips for people who want to get into yoga 

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? 

Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

79 Comments

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  9. 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!

    1. Agh I couldn’t do hot yoga! I hate getting hot haha xxx

  10. 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
    http://www.circusjourney.com

    1. Ah you don’t want that! Who cares what it looks like as long as it feels good! xxx

      1. True that!

  11. 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!

    1. I really don’t I’m afraid! The only person I use now is Yoga With Adriene on YouTube xx

      1. No problem! Thank you so much for your writing – love following along with other great bloggers!

  12. 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.

    1. Yeah absolutely me too!

  13. 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. 🙂

    1. So glad you’re enjoying it (:

  14. 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.

    1. Absolutely true!

  15. Ariana Cyrus says:

    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.

  16. I love yoga! I’m still pretty much a beginner, but I love adding essential oils to help me relax and stay grounded during yoga or meditation 🙂

    1. Ooooh essential oils, sounds lovely!

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  18. These tips are fantastic thank you! I have been starting to practice yoga myself and blogging about it

    1. That’s brilliant 🙂 glad you’re enjoying it!

  19. So inspirational and Such an amazing Post and I love it.
    Btw there is a new post on my blog on – my 2018 fitness routine- https://sunainadasblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/adding-yoga-to-my-fitness-routine/

    Hope you will like it
    Xoxo,
    Sunaina

  20. Thank you for posting this!
    -Heather
    momknowsjack.com

    1. Welcome (: xx

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