Even though I have stepped away from my YouTube channel, I want to carry over one of my video series – Yoga FAQ’s. It can seem intimidating to start yoga but I want you to know it’s not. And once you’ve started, it can feel awkward to ask a question in the middle of class and express that you’re confused. But I’m here to answer any and all of your questions so you can feel comfortable and approach your mat with confidence. Yoga is for everyone.
Let’s begin by looking at a couple simple questions that I hear from many beginners or people that want to start yoga but don’t think it’s for them.
Do you have to be flexible to do yoga?
I want to start with this question because all the time I hear, “oh, I can’t do yoga. I’m not flexible,” or, “I’ve been wanting to try yoga but I’m so stiff.” You. Do. Not. Have. To. Be. Flexible. To. Do. Yoga. That is one of the many reasons why you should do yoga! You can still practice even if you can’t touch your toes. Adapt the poses to fit you and your limitations. You will most likely need to modify poses and use props, but there is no shame in that. That will be your version of the pose that day. Overtime, with consistent practice, you should be able to see and feel a difference. For example, if you have tight hamstrings, you might start using a block on the highest height in Trikonasana, Triangle Pose. But if you keep showing up and practicing, one day you move the block down a notch, then another, and eventually ditch the block all together.
Don’t think that you have to have a specific body type to do yoga. Whatever body you have is a body that can do yoga.
What should I bring with me?
If you have never done yoga before, put on some comfortable clothes and simply show up! Most studios have mats you can borrow or rent. While you can bring your own mat, don’t let not having one stop you from going (this is also excellent to remember if you’re traveling and want to drop in on a class). You don’t need to wear fancy clothes or have an expensive mat. Work with what you have! Once you know you’re going to stick with it, then think about branching out. Bonus tip – renting a mat is a great way to test different mats to see what you like. Some studios use cheaper mats, while others use higher end brands like Jade Yoga or Manduka. Both are investments so it’s nice to try before you buy.
You might want to bring a water bottle, but it’s optional. Truly all you need is you and a little bit of courage.
How often should I be practicing?
I get this question from a lot of people in the beginning of their yoga journey. I think the answer varies based on the individual. In general, I like suggesting to start with two classes a week. However, if your schedule or finances only allow you to head to the studio once a week, then that’s totally fine! Any amount of yoga is better than no yoga at all. Just like you should modify the poses to work for you, you should adjust your practice to work with your schedule. If you force yourself to go when you have a million and one things to do, you will probably feel better right after, but then you’ll revert back to being stressed out. You might even be more stressed out because you’re behind schedule, or you missed an appointment, etc. Theoretically, the more you practice, the faster you’ll see results. But you also want to enjoy the ride. There is no magic number so find the right pace for you.
That’s all for part 1! If you have any questions regarding yoga, big or small, please leave them in the comments. I have a running list but I want to make sure I give you the information you want. Until next time…