How To Start Doing Yoga

How To Start Doing Yoga

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Such a simple thing, right? How to start doing yoga.

I think yoga is cool, how do I start doing yoga?

The mental build up alone needs it’s how to guide.

But, for now, let’s talk about how to start doing yoga.

Just so you know as well, it’s simple. Very simple. All it takes is you, really – and the willingness to take on a new practice. Which you certainly will not regret.

I will talk about the process and how to overcome some obstacles that you may find along the way.

Also, I love hearing from you, please drop me a comment and we can chat about what your thoughts are on yoga!


Check It OutHow to start doing yoga

There are two ways this can go.

Online or In Person.

Online

It’s a great way to start out. It’s great to be able to do yoga in the comfort of your own home and as a beginner, there’s no need to feel insecure. No one else is with you.

There are so many resources for online yoga as well. I have started following Yoga with Adriene. I enjoy her classes so much. She’s a great instructor and has been posting classes since 2013 or even earlier.

You can find anything you need though. Go to YouTube and type in yoga for beginners, or twenty-minute yoga. I tend to lean towards classes that are longer and for strength. That’s just my preference, however. As long as you are getting on your mat, it’s worth it!

You can read here: A review about Yoga on YouTube

In Person

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In person is great too!

In terms of how to start doing yoga – check out what studios are close to you. See what their schedules are and get to a couple classes.

The best yoga experience I had been when I worked for a bookkeeping company and I went to yoga every lunch break. There was a studio within a block of my office and I worked it out with my boss that I could go to yoga each lunch break. It was so amazing and it actually made me excited to go to work.

Now that I live in a small town, I realize I definitely took that for granted.

Back to the point – google studios near you & see when they offer their classes. I am sure that something could work, especially if you are in a bigger town.

I know it can seem intimidating to go to a studio alone for the first time but everyone is so welcoming and if you are able to tell the teachers beforehand, they will help you out and modify poses to help you out.

At a studio is really good too for beginners because you have a professional looking at your form and making sure that you are doing things correctly. That doesn’t happen online and it is important to have that experience.

For me – I bounce between online and in-person yoga. I also have a good understanding of how poses should be held as well, so I am able to self-correct.

How to Start Doing YogaGet Prepared

This helps in the build-up of getting your butt to yoga!

Be prepared, you will need things like a yoga mat, workout gear, and a fresh water bottle.

That’s basically it – yay!

A Yoga Mat

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The biggest mistake that newbies make about yoga mats is going cheap. The mentality of, “I don’t know if I’ll like it, or I don’t want to spend that much money right now” (which we all do, don’t worry) but that mentality leads us to a large department store looking at a $15.00 mat.

Don’t do it – It’s a trap.

Before I forget, most studios offer a mat for you to use if you don’t have one.

If you’re going to be buying a mat, don’t cheap out. You want your mat to last, but more importantly, you want a sticky mat.

K so, not actually sticky but with cheaper mats, they slide more! Nobody likes that. The last thing you want is to be putting your body through new experiences and trying to hold these poses with your hands or feet slipping around.

Trust me, we’ve all made that mistake and it’s not fun.

how to start doing yogaImagine being in downward dog (the photo on the right) and your limbs are moving away from each other. It’s just not fun and really distracting.

With that, take advantage of the mats that your studio offers and if you like the practice then go through with getting yourself a nice mat.

You can check out here: What is The Best Yoga Mat?

Commit

You have done all the physical work by getting a mat and finding out where you will be doing yoga.

Now it’s time for some mental work.

Talk yourself up, get pumped and most importantly, commit to going. Don’t push it off because you are nervous. Do it because your nervous and think about how great it will feel once you’ve accomplished the thing that you wanted to try and followed through with.

I know I was really nervous my first time and I brought a friend with me. I was not confident enough to go at it alone. That’s okay, we need our people with us.

Now, I am totally okay going alone – I actually prefer it. I do invite all of my friends to come with me though in case they had the same feelings I did of nervousness. If I can give that to my friends and they like it, I’ve done my job, right?

Enjoy And Soak Up The Practice

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When the time comes and you go to your first class, enjoy the poses and the burn and the muscles.

Soak up what you have learned and how you have benefited your body.

Breathe it all in.


I hope to have made this guide, how to start doing yoga, as simple as I can. I want to encourage you to start doing yoga and it makes it easier and not so intimidating having a guide like this for someone who is interested but not sure where to start.

At the end of the day, all you need is you and commitment. For those of you reading this who haven’t yet experienced yoga, it’s such a wonderful practice and you truly get benefits to the mind, body and spirit. For those of you who have done yoga, you know exactly what I am talking about & know why I love it so much!

I love hearing from you, so let’s talk in the comment section below!

 

Cheers,

Kahlua

kgordin@thealldayyoga.com

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14 Responses

  1. Matts Mom says:

    I have been wanting to get started with yoga for quite some time, and there are classes at the gym. It seems so intimidating to me for some reason. I like the idea of looking up a local yoga class and doing that first. For some reason, I feel if I look like I don’t know what I am doing that it will be okay, LOL. Thanks for the tips on the mat. I think I should just use one provided to make sure I like it first? Would that be a good idea?

    • Kahlua Gordin says:

      Hi Matt’s Mom,

      Absolutely, make sure they offer mats before you go but you will find that most do. From there if you like yoga and want to continue you can either continue to use their mats or get your own.

      It is a challenge to get over the intimidation factor but everyone starts somewhere and that’s the same for you. In any class people who have more knowledge are very understanding of the newer people and soon you that could be you noticing a newbie in the class.

      All in all don’t let that worry you.

      Thanks for the comment,
      Kahlua

  2. Furkan says:

    I also do bodybuilding and I want to do yoga too. However how many times per week I can do it? P.s: I go to the gym 3 times for lifting weights.

    • Kahlua Gordin says:

      Furkan,

      You can do yoga as much as you like! I am sure it will help greatly to loosen up your muscles and work out any stiffness you may feel from working out.

      Maybe start by alternating between gym days and yoga days? Then if you feel like you want more of either you can add to your schedule!

      Thanks for the comment!
      Kahlua

  3. Violet says:

    I would like to join classes about yoga online. This article is helpful. It’s time to live healthy. But I have to look for outfit first. Thank you

    • Kahlua Gordin says:

      Hi Violet,

      Online is great to start. It takes away some tension and nervousness and allows you to explore yoga in the comfort of your own home.

      I like to get a new outfit at least once a month. It motivates me to wear my new gear to class (and show it off) then in turn to get to class.

      I hope you are able to start doing yoga, it is wonderful!

      Cheers,
      Kahlua

  4. Scarlett says:

    Great article I have been thinking of joining in on yoga, or silver sneakers at the YWCA. Which is a water aerobics program or low impact. Excerise program. Being over 60 and having Rhumatoid Arthritis
    . I’d like to do something is this a good option. I need the physical movement just not to strenuously. So is this something I could do?
    Blessings,
    Scarlett
    PS – I love your article whether is for me or not !

    • Kahlua Gordin says:

      Hi Scarlett,

      Thank you for the kind words.

      You can absolutely do yoga. You will want to stay away from power yoga, or any vinyasa flow classes. Yin yoga will be great for you.

      Yin Yoga is a lot of seated positions and the poses are held for a long period of time. I believe this will help you to get some movement without over straining yourself.

      Thanks again!
      Kahlua

  5. David says:

    Hi. Iam not starting yoga…I am re-starting! Found your post motivating and helpful. Am going to act! Thanks.

  6. Israel Olatunji says:

    Thanks for the encouragement on starting out with yoga. Sincerely, I haven’t ever thought of doing yoga in my life but have got some courage to start doing it after reading through this post. Thanks for making me know that I can even start out online or start a 20-minute yoga exercise on Youtube. The post is so informative and helpful.

    I agree with you that the mentality of “I don’t know if I’ll like it” has made most newbies go cheap but I believe this post has brought much more exposure for anyone so far the courage is there.

    Israel Olatunji

    • Kahlua Gordin says:

      Hi Israel,

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      It is so nice to hear that this post was able to inspire you in some way. I would love to hear about your yoga experiences!

      Cheers,
      Kahlua

  7. Hi Kahlua,

    This was such an interesting an great take on how to start yoga. You nailed it that we shouldn’t over-complicate things when we are nervous by not going, and the best way is to pump yourself up, and commit to doing it once we say we’re going to. I like that you started your article by describing the different ways to do yoga, whether it is online or in person. As someone who does yoga, I started in person, and years later have gone more onto the online and DVD world, and it’s awesome and helpful. A mat is important, and it’s better to go for quality rather than quantity. Thank you for letting me read this post.

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