As the old saying goes: “New Year; New Me”! People have already started working on making their New Year’s resolutions come true and if you still haven’t decided what you’re going to do, here’s a tip: Start doing yoga! Yoga is an amazing activity that will benefit you in many ways. Yoga will help strengthen your mental resolve, calm your emotions, improve your body, and expand your mind. It’s an activity that many people have said it helped them overcome certain obstacles in their lives. Here are 5 tips that will help you jump start your yoga practice in the New Year!
Do Sun Salutations As Beginners
The yogis call it Surya Namaskar! As a beginner, it might be a good idea to start with shorter sequences and practices and slowly increase the time allocation. Start your day with sun salutations as these are great waking your body up and getting the blood flowing. You’ll feel great, and all negative emotions will disappear. If you don’t know how to do sun salutations, click here to watch a video!
Go For The Beginners’ Trial Pass
These trial passes are available at most yoga studios. They are a great way for you to get to know both the studio and the teachers. Considering that every teacher teaches yoga in a different way, you might not like everything at the beginning. Keep using these passes until you find something you like. They last for around 2 weeks, and during that time you can check everything out. They are much cheaper than regular full-time passes so use them as best as you can!
Aim To Practice Thirty To Sixty Minutes
Most yoga studios have classes that last around one and a half hours. However, half of the time is just teachers telling others how to do something correctly. There’s a bunch of people practicing at the same time, and if one isn’t doing something correctly, the entire practice stops until that person corrects the mistake. When you’re alone, you’ll be able to complete an entire session in less than an hour. Plus, you’ll be much more efficient as you won’t have distractions around you.
If You Can’t Do It – Don’t Do It Wrong
If you are having issues doing a specific pose, don’t do it at all. You can seriously injure yourself by doing yoga incorrectly as one wrong move can mean a broken ankle or worse. You must take the guidance of your yoga teacher once a while or even better if you do the yoga teacher training course yourself. When you’re in a studio, a teacher will help you out and show you how to do it, but when you’re alone, it’s better to skip something you can’t do.
Have Fun With Yoga
Don’t think of yoga as something extremely serious or as an obligation. Once you start thinking this way, there’s no point in practicing yoga anymore. Yoga is about relaxing yourself and enjoying what you’re doing. The most important tip regarding yoga is to have fun so educate yourself and have fun with yoga!
Author Bio –
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).