Do you want a killer physique and Stress relief? Ever tried Yoga? Here are a few tips before you hit the mat and let your first few “Ommmm’s” out!
In the past, I have not been excited about going to Yoga class, but after giving in to my persistent “yogi” girlfriend, I found a new appreciation for this amazing workout! Save yourself some frustration and don’t make the same mistakes I did.
Don’t make the same mistakes I did!
- I didn’t do any research before I jumped into a class (did I mention it was an advanced class?) I felt extremely uncomfortable, didn’t know what was going on, nor did I understand the names of the positions they were doing….
- I didn’t wear the proper clothing. Yep. I was the girl with her shirt falling open and my runner’s shorts were a complete disaster…..Yoga is NOT the place to be playing Peek-A-Boo!
- I didn’t have all of the proper gear. I had my mat, but I didn’t have a yoga strap or block. These are very helpful if you are a beginner.
Yoga can be intimidating, but it is worth trying!
Start in a beginners class so you can enjoy yourself as you practice and become familiar with new positions! Yoga has been around for centuries and has a vast history of improving peoples lives. Definitely worth a try!
There are a ton of websites available with great illustrations from basic to advanced yoga positions! Check this page out from Very Well.com before you hit the mat! Beginner Yoga Poses
Three tips to enjoying Yoga
- Find the right style of Yoga to meet your workout goals.
- No what to expect so you don’t feel uncomfortable. The right equipment and clothing can make a big difference.
- Practice makes perfect! Once you find your inner-yogi, practice on a routine basis. There are tons of books with great illustrations, tips, and tricks to follow so that you enjoy your practice.
Find the right Yoga Practice that meets your exercise goals!
Hot yoga classes are taught in a room heated to 95 to 100 degrees. The heat allows for tight muscles to loosen up and profuse sweating. The Bikram style of Hot Yoga is a set series of 26 poses (not all classes are the same).
Core Power Yoga
Expect consistent instruction in a gym style setting. Most studios incorporate light hand weights.
If you are looking for ways to make for a more aggressive form of Vinyasa flow. You have found it. Power Yoga is fitness based and is consider by many to be “gym yoga.”
Hatha is a very general term that can encompass any of the physical kinds of yoga. In contemporary yoga it means a slow-paced and gentle way of practicing. Hatha class can be a good place to begin a yoga because it provides the necessary foundation to learn and grow your practice from.
Vinyasa tends to be a more vigorous style based on the performance of a series of poses called sun salutations, where movements are matched to the breath. The Vinyasa classes will usually start with a few “sun salutations” to warm up the body before intense stretching that’s saved for the end of class. You will learn how each pose flows into the next making this a very fluid practice.
Stay tuned to the blog for more about Yoga as we break it down over the next few months!