I am a Yogi and proud!
I am literally Yoga obsessed and I practice everyday. I read books and blogs about Yoga. I get super excited when I learn a new pose, I just love it!
I started practising yoga properly in around May time last year and it really has become a must in my daily routine. It makes me feel great both mentally and physically.
However, when I first starting dipping my toe in the calming waters of the Yoga pond it was more like a years ago and I lasted a couple of sessions and gave up very quickly. I was really disheartened. I am glad I tried again but these are definitely 5 things I wish I knew when I first started Yoga.
- Yoga is for EVERYONE! It’s true! Male or Female. Old or young. Size 8 or 28. It does not matter. Yoga really is for anyone that wants to do it! I always thought I cant do yoga because “I not flexible enough” “I’m not strong enough” “I’m not spiritual enough” but the truth is that the beauty of yoga is that it can be a challenging or as simple as you want it to be. You don’t need to be able to the splits and a head stand on your first yoga session. this is something that you will learn along the way – and only if you want to! I could not do one single push up when I first started yoga – no joke! Now I can do 10! Then collapse, but hey that is an improvement for me.
- I don’t have an hour spare every day to do yoga! I definitely battled with this one at the beginning. i’m a very ‘all or nothing’ kind of person. so I felt if I wasn’t doing an hour or more then what was the point?! Boy was I wrong! Although, having said that, I do now do 30/45 minutes every morning but there are still times when I can’t – usually when my little boy decides he’d rather play than sleep – and I will only squeeze in 15 minutes. And that is OK. Yoga is time and for you. Do 5 minutes of breathing exercises or 10 minutes of Sun Salutation if that’s all you can manage. It certainly is not a waste of time or failing.
- I am not spiritual. I don’t want to chant! OK, this is a funny one. To be honest, in the beginning I thought it was all a bit weird. Sat there like a Buddhist Monk chanting away to yourself! But now I am totally into it! Again, not every time I get out my yoga mat do I say Matras or affirmations but sometimes I do as they help me focus my mind and set intentions for the day. Saying that, you do NOT have to do any of this! Many people I know who do yoga do it purely for exercise and/or flexibility, and that’s great! Don’t ever feel like you have to do anything you don’t want to in yoga.
- You have to join a class. This is another thing that made me give up on Yoga very quickly. I suffer with anxiety so the idea of rocking up to a Yoga class on my own with little or no experience was terrifying! And I didn’t! I still haven’t. What really changed this for me was learning from some of my many Yoga books and online that I didn’t have to sign up to a class to enjoy Yoga! You can easily enjoy doing it at home. Watching DVD’s, YouTube and as you progress even making up your own routines. I searched online and found the most amazing lady! Adrienne. I began with one of her You Tube courses ’30 days of Yoga with Adrienne’ and I haven’t looked back! She is the perfect mix of professional, laid back and funny. I love how in every video she gives tips for Yogi’s of all levels. She is just ace! So if joining a class is whats holding you back, don’t let it. Try a DVD or You Tube video and go for it!
- You need expensive clothes and equipment. I LOVE to shop! So the idea of going shopping for my new Yoga clothes, mat and blocks etc was super exciting! Although its not the necessity that I first thought it was. I currently own one Yoga mat, it’s quite a thick one as I’ve had an operation on my knee so I do need the extra padding. Two yoga blocks – both under a fiver and two sets of yoga leggings and tops. That’s it! To be honest, you don’t even need all of the specialist clothing either at the beginning. I do it first thing in the morning so I am sometimes doing it in my PJ’s. But you could easily do your Yoga practice in leggings and a vest top or T-Shirt. As long as you are comfortable and can move freely.
I do hope I have helped dispel some of the myths around starting Yoga.
The bottom line of Yoga is that it is for Everyone and Anyone! Don’t let yourself be put off or defeated before you’ve given it a go.
If you have any tips to add for me or any budding Yogi’s out there then please do share below.