These are the things you don’t need to start a yoga practice; a certain body shape, being thin, some experience, a certain level of flexibility or fancy clothes. What you do need is a willingness to try and an intention to keep trying regardless of barriers, inflexibility, inability to do some poses, shortage of time or any other ‘excuse’ you would like to produce. Yoga ultimately is a practice. Practice means you do it again and again until you are not so much perfect but until you accept yourself for wherever and whoever you are. You accept that you can’t do some things well but you still keep turning up and doing it.
You will need to make an effort. Yoga is not really a tourist sport. Sure it’s OK to do it once a week, that is certainly better than not at all, far better though to try to befriend your practice once a day even if it is just for five minutes. Habit and intention are the ways we make inroads to change in our life.
Yoga is not just about the postures. This may scare you off but it is about being in relationship to yourself and all of life around you. Through physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation or self-study we can get to know ourselves better and hopefully over time get to be our own best friends. So yoga is a way of relating, and a technique for breaking down the barriers that hold us back from being the best we can at any given moment. It helps us remember to be kind, grateful, compassionate and non-judgmental.
You need to find a teacher and a style that suits you. There are many different styles from the more vigorous Ashtanga or Vinyasa sequences to the more laid back and meditative postures of yin. Sometimes the style we naturally gravitate towards is not going to be the best to balance us. Sometimes A type people are drawn to the physicality of the more vigorous styles but for balance they should be doing more seated yoga. Find the style that balances and compliments your lifestyle. Make sure you ask the teacher what style they teach. Also find a teacher that makes you want to be really present, one that questions, adjusts, helps, pushes, and motivates. If you don’t feel you can grow from your teacher find one that stimulates and challenges you.
Here are some other things to know:
It’s ok to be a beginner, most of us are for the first ten years or so.
It will get easier. Progress seems slow but it is good to recognise this and be patient with yourself. Hopefully the practice of yoga will become a part of your life.
If you have a good teacher it is OK to go with injuries.
You don’t need to be serious or spiritual
Which Style suits you? From Greatist.com