More and more people are taking up the practice of yoga every day. They know that it's good for your body, good for your mind, and good for your soul.
But a lot of beginners aren't really sure where to start. They don't want to invest a significant amount of money in a hobby that they're not even really sure they'll keep up with and, because they didn't start off on the right foot, they may give up the practice before they really had a chance to see how beneficial yoga could be for them.
It can help you to get the most out of your yoga practice as a beginner if you heed a few simple tips to maximize the benefits and to help ease your way into the practice of yoga. By laying the right foundation for your practice, you can help to ensure that you'll stick with it and get all of the benefits of yoga for your mind, body, and spirit.
Here are five tips for beginning yogis.
1. Everybody needs friends.
If you go to yoga with a friend, you're much more likely to stick with it. Adding a social aspect to your practice will make it more enjoyable for you from the get-go. And if you choose a friend who's already an experienced yogi, he or she can help to encouraged you and help you along in your practice. They can informally coach you on proper form and help you to stay motivated to keep going.
2. Take it easy.
No one expects you to be able to do difficult poses on the first day. The beauty of yoga is that each individual goes at his or her own pace, and it doesn't say anywhere that you have to improve at a certain rate. Just listen to your body, and you'll be sure to know when to push yourself and when to stop. You might be surprised at how quickly you'll improve just by listening to your body.
3. Be consistent.
The only way to guarantee that you won't improve in your practice is not to practice consistently. If you just fit in a class here and there, you'll be rusty every time you go, so no wonder you won't improve. Even if you just do a few poses or sequences every morning before heading out to work, this will help you to stay sharp in your practice so that when you do hit the occasional class, your body will be poised for growth.
4. Go to class.
This tip is similar to the previous one, but has more to do with getting real training and help than it does with keeping up your practice. You can do simple sequences on your own as long as you have a foundational knowledge of the basics, but you're going to need the help of a trained professional if you want to grow as a yogi yourself. Part of the fun of yoga is learning how to do new things, and you won't be able to get the help you need from a book or a video.
5. Gear up.
If you're serious about getting the most from yoga, you're going to need to have the right equipment for your practice. This includes everything from yoga mats to yoga pants. The good news is that yoga gear is relatively inexpensive and easy to find. The bad news is that there's a lot of sub-par equipment out there, and that using the wrong equipment can affect your enjoyment of the practice and your ability to improve. It's important to get the right, high-quality gear for the activity at hand.
Maji Sports has a wide selection of yoga mats for beginners and experts alike. Our high-quality mats will make your practice more comfortable and effective, and are also durable enough to endure trips to yoga classes all over town. With the right gear in your arsenal, you'll be much more likely to enjoy yoga and to get the most out of it.