5 Tips for the Beginner Yogi

Yoga is starting to be more and more popular every day as people start to learn about the benefits it can have on mental health. But being a beginner yogi is not easy. My first experience was a one hour Hatha Flow class and it was brutal. Half the class was filled with the type of people who only go to yoga because it’s a “fitness trend”, so they were all dressed in their Lululemon from head to toe with their fancy yoga mats and water bottles and headbands. Very intimidating gang of people to be around as a beginner yogi. The teacher was fast and seemed to expect everyone to know what they were supposed to be doing, but I had no idea! I had never heard of upward dog or warrior or pigeon. I found myself feeling completely lost and having to sneak peaks at everyone else in the class in order to figure out what was happening. Lastly, everyone seemed SO FLEXIBLE. And I have horrible flexibility. I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb in the class – “oh, look at the new girl, so can’t even do downward facing dog”. So embarrassing! Despite the experience, I returned for a few more hatha classes, mostly because I was too scared to see what the other types of yoga were all about. Again, I had no idea what was going on and found myself spending more time worrying about whether I was doing the right posture and less time focusing on mindfulness. Because of these experiences, it took me nearly 3 years before I actually got into yoga. This is why I want to share with you my tips for beginners!

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