It’s #myequafitness month and everyone at EQUA office already started working on our summer bodies - because warm days and less clothes will be here in no time! ;) We all love yoga, because it not only works your body and improves your posture, but it also helps you release stress and improve focus. Just like any other sport, starting out can be a bit difficult. So we decided to offer you 5 tips we think will help you fall in love with Yoga from the very first day.
1. Pick the right yoga type
The most important thing to do before starting with yoga! A little research before starting with class will be very much appreciated, if you don’t want to leave the class disappointed. There are many different yoga practices out there and you might not go to yoga class until the rest of your life if you pick the one that does not suit your personality and your physical state. For beginners we’d suggest hatha or vinyasa, depending whether you want a slow or fast-paced class. Also hot yoga is getting more and more popular. We suggest you use Google ;)
2. Get your yoga equipment
The last thing you want to worry about in a yoga class is: “Are my leggings going to fall down?” So wear clothes that allow you to move, because comfort is key! You should look for soft and stretch fabrics and a good sports bra. Additionally, you’ll want to check if your studio provides you with a yoga mat or you should bring your own. Also a quality yoga towel is very much appreciated. And a big bottle of water to keep you hydrated!!
3. Respect the breathing
We all of course know how to breathe, but most people don’t use the full capacity of their lungs. And that’s where yoga logic comes in. When you practice yoga you most likely want to stimulate your nervous system, or better said your sleep, rest and digestion, so you need to do some quality breathing. We recommend talking to your instructor on the first day and kindly ask them to explain the breathing technique. It really can make a big difference doing it the right way.
4. Give it time
During yoga, it’s important not to force your body into positions that you’re not fit for yet. The poses should simply happen at the right time. Don’t try to do poses, let them do you. Yoga was designed to be practiced daily and for a long time, so try to integrate it into your lifestyle. 15 minutes every day is better than 90 minutes once per month.
5. Don’t pay attention to others rather focus on yourself
Yoga is all about raising the awareness of your body and mind. You’ll get discouraged comparing yourself to others and it can even lead to injures, since you might want to tackle poses that you’re not ready for. It’s true that you can learn a lot by observing other people, but you’ll get better results and self-satisfaction if you focus on yourself and your breathing.