6 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Yoga Practice
Yoga is a wonderful opportunity to explore, learn and accept your body. A yoga session can leave you feeling energized, yet relaxed. If one chooses to truly practice yoga regularly, one will find it helpful in everyday life. You will increasingly feel stronger, healthier, and more peaceful.
Yoga is a tool for gaining mind and body awareness, enhancing your spiritual belief, practicing an exercise regime, and developing a positive emotional state.
What do you need to know before beginning a yoga practice?
What to wear?
⦁ Something comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that will not limit your movements
⦁ No shoes (bare feet) or socks/shoes with a rubber grip
What do you need?
- Mat or rug
- Something to elevate the head (small pillow or towel)
- Padding for knees (a towel will do)
- A yoga block or straps for support
- Covering for the eyes
How long is the session?
⦁ A typical class is 45 – 90 minutes long. An at-home session can be shorter or longer. It’s up to you.
What do you look for in a teacher?
⦁ Someone that your energy connects with
⦁ Someone who you can understand and who understands you
⦁ Someone who is knowledgeable of the practice
Where to find yoga classes?
⦁ A yoga center
⦁ The YMCA
⦁ Local gyms
When to practice yoga?
⦁ On an empty stomach or at least 90 minutes after your last meal
⦁ In the morning when you first wake up before breakfast
⦁ In the evening to wind down and relax
Tips for at-home yoga
- Create a comfortable and peaceful space. Add plants or other greenery to liven the space. Use a diffuser to add essential oil scents to the room.
- Take your practice outdoors if the weather permits.
Do’s and Don’ts
⦁ Be gentle with yourself
⦁ Don’t judge, not even yourself
⦁ If it hurts, ease off the pose, or don’t do it
⦁ Visualize yourself in the pose
⦁ Pay attention to your body
⦁ Modify poses to fit your comfort level
⦁ Enjoy the practice
⦁ Try to do yoga at least three days a week