Welcome to yoga! (Well, almost!) If you have been curious about yoga classes or wanting to get started, it can feel overwhelming to actually get started. There is so much information about what you actually need to get started, then you’re thinking if you should try videos on YouTube or a class, and you don’t know what all the terminology means – it’s overwhelming, for sure! Before you throw in the towel before you even get started, our yoga studio in Smithfield is sharing the truly essential information to help you get started on your new adventure.
Yoga Is for Everyone
The number one thing you need to know is this: Yoga is for everybody and yoga is for every body. No matter what your demographics are – age, gender, weight, experience, ability – you can still be active in yoga, especially with the right instructor guiding you and helping you modify the positions. If you’re worried about not being flexible, you have a disability, or you think you’re too old, remember – yoga is for everyone. Not only that, it’s highly recommended by doctors and medical professionals as a low impact way to move your body while also helping to reduce stress. Talk to the instructor, let him or her know your concerns, and they will be able to help you.
It’s important to note that if you do have health issues, speak with your healthcare provider before starting!
Yoga Is More Than Fitness
While practicing yoga movements and positions are a good way to improve strength and flexibility, it’s more than an exercise or fitness routine. We practice Hatha Yoga to integrate the mind, body, and spirit in order to improve both the physical and emotional well-being.
We use a blend of asana, which are the yoga postures and movements, and the pranayama, which are the breathing exercises to cleanse and focus your mind and spirit. The asana will strengthen your body while the pranayama will strengthen your spirit and by blending the two, you can improve your overall health and wellness. A popular women’s health website Rooted Mama Health says pranayama is a practice you can incorporate almost anywhere and anytime!
You Don’t Need a Lot to Begin Yoga
You may have seen designer yoga pants that are $50 or more a pair or a mat for $100 and worry that beginning yoga is too expensive or too much of a cash investment. The good news is that you really don’t need a lot to get started, and much of what you do need is inexpensive. Here’s a general list:
- Clothing – You don’t need anything designer, just look for clothing that is comfortable and allows you a full range of movement. You can get what you need at Target, Walmart, or Amazon for fairly inexpensive!
- Pants/Shorts – Yoga pants and shorts come in all cuts and lengths.
- Top – Choose a more fitted top that will stay down even during forward bends so it won’t fly over your head.
- Sports bra – As you move into different bends and positions, having proper support can make your experience more comfortable.
- Yoga mat – This gives you traction and cushioning as you move, so look at the material, thickness, and also ability to keep it clean while you’re shopping.
- Water Bottle – You’ll probably get thirsty as you move, and a reusable water bottle is good to have on hand.
- Towel – Having a towel on hand if you get sweaty is helpful, but it can also act as a cushion or support during certain poses and positions.
This is all you need to get started – some of it you may already have, too! Any of the extras – blocks, belts, and bolsters are great accessories, but you shouldn’t let the need to purchase items stand in your way of beginning your yoga journey.
Begin Your Yoga Journey with a Qualified Instructor
While many people begin taking yoga at home, relying on online classes and streaming video, it’s not necessarily the best for a beginner. Taking a class with a certified yoga teacher means you’ll have a professional to provide guidance when you need it to avoid injury and also to prevent getting started with bad habits.
A good yoga instructor will help correct your posture so you’re not inadvertently risking injury by moving or holding a position wrong. He or she can work with you to modify a position that will work better for you, especially if an injury makes the traditional pose not possible.
Beginning yoga at a studio means you’ll be surrounded by support in a focused atmosphere! This allows you to avoid distractions so you can learn – no phone going off, no worrying about dinner cooking, or any of the common worries and distractions we face at home.
Begin Your Yoga Journey at Our Yoga Studio in Smithfield
If you are ready to start adding yoga into your life, we want to support you in every way we can! The Yoga Connection has a wide variety of classes that are ideal for beginners, as well as yoga classes for seniors and prenatal yoga, and we have several experienced, certified yoga instructors ready to assist you however we can. Check out our schedule to find a class or reach out at 919-971-1431 or fill out our contact form to ask any questions!