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? 

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28 thoughts on “Tips for people who want to get into yoga 

  1. 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

  2. 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!

    • 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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

    • 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!

  9. 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 Adventure & Anxiety

    • 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

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