Which Yoga Is Best For Beginners (And How To Get Started)

your yoga practice Mar 18, 2018

Yoga’s popularity is at an all-time high and there’s no end in sight to its continued growth.

More than ever before, people all over the world are finding that there is a need for zen and calm in their lives. Busy and frenzied adults are realizing the tremendous value that yoga and mindfulness delivers; making it a mainstream activity to quiet the mind, build the body, and support the spirit.

With this growing interest comes an abundance of choices in class types, teaching styles, and ways to facilitate this ancient modality. Here’s what you need to know if you are asking yourself which yoga is best for beginners and how to get started.

Begin your yoga practice at home

Whether you’re working with a tight budget, little or no extra time, or just want the solitude of your own personal space, it is possible to fit a great yoga practice into your life.

Perhaps the biggest challenge you will face with an at-home practice is sticking to it. Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by your never-ending list of things to do.

Stop being hijacked by the needs and desires of others. Stop feeling obligated to be reachable 24/7 by people that have a warped sense of urgency. And by all means, stop wearing your busy-ness like a badge of honor.

How to get your yoga practice started at home

  • Search on YouTube for a beginner yoga class. You will more than 2 million videos to choose from all free of charge.
  • DVD’s can either be checked out of your local library or purchased inexpensively from Amazon. Simply search for beginner yoga DVD’s and you’ll find a wide selection of teachers, styles, and price points.
  • Social media outlets like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram offer many different types and fitness levels of yoga to choose. Spend some time doing a little research, you’ll be surprised what is available for free or at a very reasonable cost.
  • Print media like Yoga Journal (which also has a fantastic website) offers the beginner safe and effective methods for practicing in the privacy of your home.

With technology being what it is today, there’s no excuse for not being able to begin a yoga practice right in your own home.

Begin your yoga practice at a studio

If you are new to yoga, you will find that you have many options to choose from. With so many styles of yoga and varieties of hybrid classes being offered, selecting the best one for you will be a personal choice.

Classes that are labeled beginner, basic, or gentle are generally suitable for all and a great place to start. To get the most benefit and enjoyment, it’s important to try different classes to see what suits your fitness level and goals.

Questions to ask yourself after class:

  • Was the class manageable and doable, yet challenging enough for you?
  • Did you have fun, and are you likely to continue?
  • Were you made to feel safe, inspired, and supported by the group you are practicing with?

Find a teacher that you connect with:

  • Were the teacher’s instructions clear and understandable?
  • Did you feel comfortable and included by the instructor?
  • Was the teacher respectful and honor your physical limitations?

Why do you want to practice at a studio?

  • Do you need personal attention, or are you more motivated by a large group?
  • Is your goal to be challenged or are you looking for a more compassionate approach?
  • Are you in search of a spiritual experience or a sweaty, high-intensity workout?

Is location and/or price a concern? While this may seem like a no-brainer, the most important aspect of your practice is to attend the class! If the location of the studio, scheduling, or cost are going to keep you from attending regularly it will be difficult to receive the benefits of this ancient modality.

The fundamental principle to choosing a practice that suits you best is to match your personality, what you wish to accomplish, and your individual physical abilities with the practice being offered.

Whatever your motivation is for want to start a practice let these guidelines help you decide which yoga is best for beginners and how to get started.

I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582

 

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