Have you been considering taking up yoga? Are you interested in finding out more about it, but don’t know where to start? How do you find a good studio to learn at? What is Kripalu? (To answer your question, Kripalu is a gentle style of yoga)
Don’t worry, everyone starts off in the same boat. Your first couple of yoga sessions can feel a little intimidating but after two or three sessions, you will become much more comfortable.
To help you get to grips with everything you need to know as a newbie to yoga, we have put together some handy tips below:
Start with a beginner’s class
Don’t even think about trying an intermediate class, until you have tried out an entry level one. There are various different types of yoga, and some are much harder than others to perfect, that is why it is important that you start off learning all the basics.
Many yoga centres have classes that are for all levels but do not start off in one of these. To be able to take part, you first need to learn how to do all the basic poses, something that is only taught in beginner classes.
Don’t buy a yoga mat straight away
Before investing in a yoga mat try out a few classes and see how you get on. Most yoga centres will have mats available for you to borrow, just make sure to check beforehand.
Before buying a yoga mat ask your yoga instructor for advice. There are many different mats available, ranging in length, thickness and price. So it is important to get your instructors opinion before investing in the wrong mat.
Make sure to dress in comfortable, light clothing for your classes. Leggings and a T-shirt will work well for your first couple of classes, but after that you might want to invest in some proper yoga clothing.
Proper yoga clothing will be easier and more comfortable to practice in, so it is worth the investment. Go online for one of the best yoga sales and find all the items that you need. If you are unsure of exactly what you should get, ask your instructor for some advice.
Understand that there are many different styles of yoga
Each yoga class may be labeled as something different, such as Bikram, Vinyasa, Iyengar, and Kripalu. Each of these styles of yoga all stem from Hatha yoga, but each one is somewhat different to the others.
Don’t classify Yoga as one sport, there are many branches and parts to it, each with its own unique style. Some styles are harder than others, some require more flexibility and some are faster, before choosing a yoga style, make sure to do some research on what you can expect.
Think about the health benefits
Yoga has many health benefits, both mental and physical. It is an excellent way to relax and reduce your stress levels and can aid insomnia and many other problems. It can also help to strengthen your bones and muscles and keep your body healthier.