8 tips for yoga beginners

About a year ago, I had to write a semester project in Norwegian course about something I was passionate about (but not about work). Of course, I wrote about yoga. It was around 2000 words on what I have learned from yoga and why I like it so much. After presenting my essay to the rest of the class, a surpringly high number of fellow students came to ask me about it. They were so intrigued, they wanted to practice yoga themselves. Success. Here are a few short tips for all you who want to try yoga, but are afraid to do so (because you might not be good enough or because you don’t know where to start or just because).

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You don’t need special clothes. As long as you wear something comfortable, you’re good to go. When I do yoga at home, I wear some old pijama shorts and a sports bra. As little as that and it’s perfect.

You don’t need special equipment. The only thing you need is a yoga mat. You can spend some money there, but you can get a relatively cheap one. If you’re willing to spend more, you can also get a travel yoga mat that folds and you can take it with you on your trips. I’m definitely getting one of these soon.

Nobody is flexible enough at the beggining. You do yoga so that you can eventually (it might take years) become more flexible. It is also reasonable to assume that someone who has been practicing yoga for a longer time than you, will probably be more flexible.

Be patient. Rome was not built in a day. Nobody can do all the positions at once. One day, soon enough, you’ll master some of them and then you’ll move to the next one. Because there’s always a next one, more challenging. That being said..

Don’t compare yourself with the person sitting next to you. Or the photos you find online. Be inspired by them and be motivated by them, but don’t let them get you down. When you practice yoga, it’s you and your mat. Nobody else.

Take pictures or videos of yourself during practice. Not every time, but every once in a while. It helps you realize what you’re doing wrong and correct your posture. You can always ask your yoga instructor to correct you, but this is a great alternative if you’re practicing yoga on your own at home.

Find a good instructor. At least at the beggining. Someone that doesn’t push you too much, or who is overly ambitious (some coaches can be like that). Someone that pays enough attention that you do all exercises correctly.

Don’t just do it. If you don’t feel like doing yoga one day, then don’t. Do it when you feel like it and do it as intensively as you like. Just learn to listen to your body. Every day is not the same. Some days you have enough energy and some days you don’t. Go with the flow. And enjoy it!

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