Yoga: A Beginners Guide

How can I get started in Yoga? I am new to yoga

Yoga can be a wonderful practice for physical and mental well-being. Here are some steps to help you get started:

  1. Find a Style of yoga that works you: There are various styles of yoga, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, and more. Research and explore which style resonates with you and aligns with your goals and preferences. Bodhiyoga takes a broad approach and emphasix s different rhythm, tempos and styles, from flowing Vinyasa practice to slow Yin yoga posture work  

  2. Seek Professional Guidance: Consider taking classes from a qualified yoga instructor, especially if you're new to yoga. They can guide you through the proper techniques and help you understand the foundations of yoga. At Bodhiyoga Sadhita and I have 30 years plus experience each!

  3. Start with Beginner-Friendly Classes: Look for classes that are specifically designed for beginners. These classes typically focus on introducing basic poses (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and relaxation methods.

  4. Practice Regularly: Consistency is key in yoga. Aim to establish a regular practice, even if it's just a few minutes each day. Gradually increase the duration and intensity of your practice as you become more comfortable.

  5. Listen to Your Body: Yoga is a non-competitive practice, so it's important to honor your body's limitations and avoid pushing yourself too hard. Pay attention to your body's signals and modify poses as needed to ensure comfort and prevent injury. At Bodhiyoga we emphasise an anatomy based approach to alignment whereby we learn about and respect the bodies natural capabilities  

  6. Focus on Breath Awareness: Breath control is an integral part of yoga. Learn to synchronize your breath with movement, and practice deep, mindful breathing during your practice. This can help enhance relaxation and concentration. We often explore Diaphragmatic breathing in our classes.

  7. Set Realistic Expectations: Remember that progress in yoga is personal and takes time. Be patient with yourself and embrace the journey. Each practice session is an opportunity for growth, both physically and mentally.

  8. Explore Supplementary Resources: Apart from attending classes, you can complement your practice with resources like books, online tutorials, and videos. These resources can provide additional guidance, deepen your understanding, and offer new perspectives.

  9. Create a Welcoming Environment: Set up a dedicated space in your home for yoga practice. Arrange a yoga mat, props (if needed), and create a peaceful ambiance with soft lighting, soothing music, or incense, if you prefer.

  10. Stay Open-Minded and Enjoy the Process: Approach your yoga practice with an open mind and a positive attitude. Embrace the benefits of yoga beyond physical fitness, such as stress reduction, improved flexibility, mental clarity, and inner peace.

Remember, yoga is a personal journey, and it's important to honor your individual needs and limitations. Enjoy the process, be kind to yourself, and have fun exploring the world of yoga!