This post is written in collaboration with Scitec Nutrition, all thoughts & yoga tips my own xx
As a yoga teacher, the most common request I get is for beginners tops for starting yoga – everyone wants to know how to start! Lots of the time students are concerned that they don’t have a “yoga body”, are too old or are not flexible enough. People worry that they won’t be “good” enough – but the truth is no one is good when they start, and yoga isn’t about being good anyway!
You don’t need to be good any of these things to practice and enjoy yoga, you just need an open mind and a willingness to try something new.
Here are my 5 Beginners tips for Starting Yoga:
Try an Online Class to Ease You In
If you’re feeling self-conscious about getting started (and although you really don’t need too, I understand you may because I did), try an online yoga class. There are lots of great options on Youtube, and I particularly like Movement for Modern Life which has a two-week free trial so you can see if you like it before committing to paying for it.
I love practicing yoga at home because it means I can wear my pyjamas (any excuse!). Eventually you might want to buy a yoga mat if you’re going to do yoga at home regularly at and can pick these up on Amazon for about £15. Don’t worry about buying one for the first time you try, a towel on the carpet will work just fine!
Have a Beginner’s Mind
Don’t beat yourself up because you don’t know much (or anything) about yoga, neither did I (or anyone else) when they started! When you first start yoga you’ll hear terms you don’t understand and you’ll end up in poses you didn’t know possible – accept it all! If you notice your mind criticising yourself because you are unsure what you are doing, let it go – and enjoy learning something new.
Please remember, you don’t need to be flexible to do yoga – flexibility is one of the key benefits but don’t get frustrated if you can’t touch your toes or need to bend your knees very deeply in a forward fold. A renowned yogi once said “practice and all is coming”, you wouldn’t expect to run a sub 2 hour half-marathon with no training – the same applies to your yoga practice.
Head to a Beginner’s Class at your local studio or Gym
A great place to start is at a beginner’s class or a beginner’s course. These classes are designed to introduce you to yoga as a complete beginner. They will break down the yoga postures, the breathing and everything you need to know so that you can go into a general class and feel totally comfortable.
Almost all yoga studios will offer a weekly beginners class or course, and I know one of the gyms locally to me the runs them every Thursday. Give it a Google and you’ll find a class that will suit!
Work with the body you have today
This is the one thing I can’t stress enough; and the thing I say most in my yoga classes, please work with the body you have today! Often, we start yoga – and any work-out routine in general … – because we want to change something about ourselves, but accepting the body you have to work with today really is the key to being happy in your own skin (and long-lasting body transformation if that is what you are after).
Don’t work with the body you think you’ll have in a year, or even the one you had last week. Our bodies change every day depending on how we move them (and how we are feeling) – so pay attention to how you feel and move your body in yoga accordingly.
Fuel your body for your yoga practice with a balanced diet
Although yoga is much more than physical exercise, it is exercise too! So make sure you are supporting your new activity with a balanced diet. Scitec Nutrition have recently released this advice on protein for women which is well worth a read. In time, you will learn what suits your body and how much and when to eat, but please increase your food intake inline with the exercise you are doing.
So there you have it, 5 beginners tips for starting yoga!
If this encourages you to start (or re-start) a yoga practice I’d love to hear how you get on in the comments below or you can chat to me over on Instagram too.