You recently found yourself wanting to get into yoga but quite unsure where to start. There’s an abundance of studios, many different styles of yoga to choose from and it honestly can seem overwhelming at the start. If you’re anything like me, then you probably prefer to do research upon research and then seemingly never feel prepared enough to start (hi procrastination, how are you?) Well lucky for you once you start yoga you have officially started your yoga practice.
Find where you want to practice
You have two options here:
Going to a studio might seem super overwhelming and if that doesn’t feel like a good fit for you at this moment, that’s totally ok. There are MANY yoga instructors on youtube offering a wide range of styles and lengths. Pick a spot/room in your home that’s going to be your yoga spot. This space should seem calming, have a decent amount of space, and most importantly, it’s a spot where you could be uninterrupted.
If going to a studio for your first class seems like a better fit than at home, then I would start by researching some studios in your area. Decide how far you are willing to drive to make sure you’re covering all studios within that range. Obviously reviews are important, but what Sally prefers for her class might be different than Bill. Look at the studio’s website to see the class schedule, styles of yoga offered, temperature of the room (if heated), variation in class length, and most importantly pricing. What packages or memberships do they offer? Most studios offer a free class, free week or 2 weeks for a heavily discounted price to get you in. TRY THEM ALL. One studio might not work for you and you’re gonna think yoga is the worst thing and another studio might have you feeling like floating on cloud 9.
OK YAY we know where you’re practicing. Onto the yummy stuff.
To start a yoga practice it only takes a few items. Exactly what you’ll need are:
✩yoga mat : if at home, maybe you just practice on carpet, that works too
✩water: always water
✩yoga block and strap: tiny support systems
Also nice additions:
✩Yoga towel: absolutely not needed. But if the mat isnt grippy then this can be nice to have so you’re not slipping around
✩Cute outfit: totally unnecessary but i don’t know, I like an excuse to buy new activewear.
Once you have everything you need for a good class it makes it easier to keep showing up on your mat.
Find your WHY
I’ll be honest.. my yoga practice has been very inconsistent. My first year and a half after my first class, I probably took 10 classes. I found that when I went to class, I enjoyed it but could never actually bring myself to go. One day, it just clicked in my head of WHY I go to yoga (see: sanity) and then it was incredibly easy to keep showing up.
I know I wanted to start yoga because I wanted to do a split and a headstand. But over time, those physical goals were not enough to keep me going.
Your reason to go could be physical aspects, sanity, that one hour alone, honestly whatever. Just make sure when you decide you’re ready to practice, discover why you really want to step onto the four corners of your mat.
When we decide we want to start something new it can be scary, but when we prepare ourselves and find the joy in it, the task can become a favorite. The same goes for yoga. Before can seem so daunting but know that when you step onto your mat, you’re exactly where you need to be. Whether you practice once a week or everyday twice a day, that is your practice so honor it.