There are many ways to begin your yoga practice. But the toughest part is not necessarily showing up for that first yoga class. Its showing up for the 3rd or 4th class.
How to get into the Groove of Your Yoga Practice
Take a class as a drop in. Its important to feel comfortable in the studio and each studio attracts different types of people. Some studios attract fitness driven students, others more spiritual, and still others may have a community that is very service based.
After you decide if this is the right studio for you. Make a commitment. One way to keep a commitment is to do a prepay for 6-10 classes. It takes 3-4 to find your comfort zone within the studio, and to figure out which teacher you feel most comfortable.
Keep a calendar of each class you go to. Being able to look back and see how often you showed up can be a real sense of accomplishment. We rarely take the time to congratulate ourselves on a job well done, too busy running off to the next thing or criticizing what we did get done.
BUY YOUR OWN MAT!! Having your own mat is good for your health, but also, it feels good to slip it into a mat bag, sling it over your shoulder, and head out to your studio. A sense of purpose and an intention is set just by having your own mat. And maybe, you will pull it out and do a few cobras in between your regular classes.
Most important, have a sense of humor about getting started. Learning yoga can be a bit like learning to line dance. In the beginning, everyone in class may be going left while you are going right. Give yourself space, everyone is a beginner at some point. Relax and keep an open heart towards yourself.