My Top Tips For A Beginning Yogi
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I've been on my yoga journey for a little over 2 years. I started after being laid off from my job and literally not knowing what to do with all this free time I had. I was a little depressed and wanted to fall into something that would challenge me and help me grow since I was in a low point. I tried painting which I enjoyed but it was an expensive hobby. So I picked up yoga. I already had my mat, I just had to get on it! Yoga literally changed my life! As I mentioned in, Why I Gave Up Yoga, I was first introduced to the idea when seeing LauraSykora on my popular page on Instagram. I then followed her and tried to learn her poses. I remember it was July 9th (my sister's bday) when I first decided to get off the couch and try a pose. Nailed it! haha jk

After a huge fail, I then realized it's a lot harder than it looks and I needed to actually "learn" the basics of yoga. So I dove in and ended up falling in love!

Although I still consider myself a "beginner" because I have a long way to go, I have a few tips to share for someone who is interested in beginning or just starting out!

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1. Get Inspired

You're reading this blog so you've already taken the first step. There must be some reason why you're wanting to add yoga to your lifestyle. Is it to become more flexible or just relax and relieve stress and become one with your body and yourself? Maybe my practice has intrigued you? If so, great!

Whatever the case, you have to start somewhere so get a little inspiration.

Follow yogis on Instagram to keep you motivated. Some of my favorite pages are @laurasykora, @yogaracheal, and @yogainspiration. There are countless other pages that can offer a little motivation.

I also follow DoYouYoga.com which is a yoga blog that has a lot of fun info.

Also do a little research on the type of yoga you would like to pursue. There are many different kinds from ashtanga vinyasa (my fav), to yin or even power.

Pick up a book (I liked the Womens Health Big Book of Yoga) or search the internet.

2. Make a Schedule

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Now that you've decided you would definitely like to incorporate yoga into your lifestyle, make a commitment by planning a schedule. Plan ahead by saying ok I'll do yoga on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you go to a live class, many studios require online signups and you lose money if you don't go. So sign up ahead to keep yourself accountable.

If you practice at home it's a little tougher because you have to motivate yourself to get up. Set alarms or lay out your mat the night before so that you'll feel a little guilty if you hop over it.

Getting started is the hardest part but once you get it into your routine there's no turning back!

3. Start With The Basics

So now you're ready to start! Yay! If you are starting at home take it easy. Start with the basics poses. Social media can get you so hyped up to wanting to hop into a handstand or touch your head with your toes right away but this isn't how it works at all!

You want to first learn how to do the basic poses, correctly! There are many youtube tutorials on how to master the basic downward dog, plank and up dog/ cobra. Get these down and you already have a vinyasa or a flow! You can then add on and learn sun salutation and eventually develop your own sequences.

The key is to learn the basics and stack on top of those!

4. Do a Yoga Challenge

Yoga Challenges go hand in had in setting a schedule and starting with the basics. I started with doing Erin Motz's FREE 30 Day Yoga Challenge and it was great! I learned the basic poses and I got an email to my inbox each day reminding me to do it! It's basically short 10-20min classes so it's not taking away from your day but adding a lot to it.

Be sure to subscribe to her blog and youtube as well because she has tons of free classes, resources and other challenges she offers. Love her!

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 3.39.23 PM5. Take Your Time

The biggest piece of advice I can offer is to take your time. Don't rush or force your body to do things it is not yet ready to. In time, you will be able to do everything. I'm 2 years in and there's tons of stuff I still can't do!

Also if you feel ready to try head, forearm or handstands, try practicing with a wall first and taking it slow. Everyone is different so just because someone got it in a month doesn't mean you will too.

Have fun and I hope you will grow to love yoga as much as I do:)

Check out my little yoga compilation of my journey over the past 2 years and see what yoga has done for me: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGT96_Br6jg]

~vanessa.michele

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Vanessa.Michele | Christian. Writer. Content Creator. Giver of Love. Collector of Quotes. Yoga Enthusiast. Forensic Scientist by day. Welcome to my life!

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