Yoga is a vast collection of spiritual practices and techniques that are aimed at integrating the mind, body, and spirit in order to achieve a state of enlightenment and oneness with the universe. Yoga originated in ancient India but is now practiced in every corner of the globe. As a result, there is a wide variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals that different people seek when they practice yoga.
There are many different paths of yoga in terms of how you choose to practice it but the end goal for any form of yoga you practice should be unification and enlightenment. Though the ultimate aim of yoga is lofty, its essence is scientific and practical as its emphasis lies in direct experience and observable results. That is why we created our Yoga 101, a guide that helps you learn how to get started with yoga.
Yoga is not a religion, but the practice of personal exploration and inquiry. Yoga is practiced by people all over the world of different races, genders, cultures, and religions as it speaks to universal truths which can be incorporated within all belief systems.
How to Get Started With Yoga
So, you’ve finally decided to try yoga, but you aren’t sure what to expect. Don’t fret. Here is how to get started:
Do Your Research
Yoga is a vast discipline that can be practiced in multiple styles depending on the teacher you go to. As such, you need to do some research first so that you know which style of yoga suits you best as a beginner. Some of the commonly taught styles of yoga include Hatha yoga, Jhana yoga, Bhakti yoga, among others. A quick search on Google can help you find a suitable yoga style, studio, and teacher that suits your goals and fitness regimen. You can also ask friends who already practice yoga for a good class.
Dress the Part
Yoga involves a lot of bending, stretching and awkward poses so you should wear athletic clothing that is comfortable and makes you feel confident. Yoga class is not the time to be sexy; you will be holding certain postures for minutes, so you want clothes that are flexible and won’t tear easily. Sweat-absorbing microfiber, yoga pants or shorts with some elasticity will do. Before going to class, try bending for a few poses in front of your mirror at home to be sure that you are wearing the right clothes.
Have the Essentials
Some of the essentials you will need as you get started include a yoga mat, towel, water, deodorant, and a change of clothes. Avoid makeup and lotion and try to keep your body hydrated before and after your yoga class to avoid muscle aches. Most of all, you need to bring an open mind and a positive attitude.
A Note from GR8NESS
Be patient when learning yoga 101. There’s a good chance that you’ll teeter and totter during your first classes. Don’t let this discourage you. Yoga is complicated so you can’t expect to be an expert on your first try. When you fall, take a deep breath, get up, and, when you feel ready, follow your teacher’s lead and find that position.