Have you thought of getting into yoga yet for some reason never make it to your first class? Maybe your doctor has advised you to lose a bit or weight as your weight is effecting your health. Perhaps you suffer from back ache and feel yoga would help ease your pain. However, despite your good intentions, you never quite make it to yoga. Something always crops up and another day goes by.
From experience of teaching and talking with new students, there are several factors you need to consider which will make it easier for you to get into a regular yoga routine.
Five Things To Consider Before Starting Yoga
If you are serious about getting into yoga here are five things you should consider before signing up for lessons.
1. Chose a Class That Is Near Your Workplace Or Home
If you wish to take up yoga it is better to choose a class that is on your way home from work or near your home. In the spur of the moment it is easy to sign up for a class. However if you are tired and the weather is bad it is a drag to go to a class which is out of your way or involves a long journey. All to often I hear from students who have had a demanding day at work and once they get home find it a struggle to get up and go out again.
Chose a class which is on your way home from work. That way you reduce the temptation of getting comfy at home and not wanting to go out again. Alternatively, chose a class which is walking distance from your home. So, if the weather is bad it is easier for you to walk to your class.
2. What Do I Wear? Do I Have to Buy Expensive Yoga Clothes?
One of the most common questions new students ask is “what do I wear?”
All to often potential students feel they have to wear the latest designer yoga clothing. This is expensive and the potential fear of this cost and the thought they may not “fit in” if they do not have the “right clothing” deters some students from starting yoga.
Yoga is not about what you wear or who designs your outfit. Yoga is about getting back to basics and honouring your body. I always recommend you wear loose comfortable clothing. Not too baggy as this can get in the way when stretching and not too tight or small as this can restrict movement. A comfortable fitted track-suit, leggings, and cotton t-shirt is suitable. After a few lessons,i f you feel you want to make yoga part of your daily schedule then that is the time to invest in some good quality, breathable and stretchy yoga pants and top.
3. What To Eat Before Your Class
Yoga is about moderation and balance. If you are new to yoga it is difficult to judge how much to eat, what to eat and when to eat before your first class. Eating a heavy meal before your class will leave you feeling lethargic, bloated and low in energy. When you are a busy mum, it can be hard to fit in family meal times as well as going to a class in time.
Ideally, eat an easily digestible meal at least 60 minutes before your class. Eat your meal in a quiet frame of mind, take your time to chew each morsel at least 15 times. If time-pressed and have to cook family meals before leaving out, try to cook a healthy snack or light meal for your family. Or even buy them a take-away meal, if that makes it easier for you to arrive in time for your class.
4. Negative Thoughts.
As a beginner it is easy to compare your self to others. You may feel you are too old, too fat, stiff and flabby to do yoga. When you feel like this it is easy to allow your negative thoughts to put you off going to classes.
Regular yoga practice will encourage you to develop a positive, loving relationship with your body. Whenever you find yourself feeling low and downhearted about your body shape, take heart, breathe and congratulate yourself for making positive moves to improve your health and well-being.
5. Push Yourself Beyond Your Comfort Limits
I often see beginner and even more experienced yogis fall into this trap. In an effort to get into the “perfect pose” or keep up with others in the room, it is tempting to push yourself beyond your current levels of fitness. This can lead to strained and torn muscles and a sense that you are not “good enough”-which is not yogic or healthy.
Focus on your breath as you practice. You need to learn how to listen to your body, and how to use your breath to guide you through your sequence. This will help you to accept your current level of fitness and feel more at ease and expansive in the poses.
In your desire to get into yoga, it is vital you observe the above guidelines: make sure you do not strain yourself, waste money on buying expensive new yoga clothes or eat a heavy meal before your class. Finally you are more likely to maintain your practice if you chose a class which is easy for you to travel to and slips easily into your everyday routine. Learning yoga is the best gift you give to yourself. Be patient, take your time and listen to your body as you practice. By following these suggestions you will find it easier to get into yoga and form a solid foundation for continued practice.