Being the start of a new year, January can be a common time for a lot of us to introduce new habits – like Yoga. We are so excited to welcome you to our special Yoga space at Mud Day Spa.
We want you to be able to create a sustainable practice that you can integrate into your current lifestyle. We don’t want Yoga for you to just be something you practice a few times and then give up because it is not aligned with your schedule and requirements.
So here are our top 10 tips for creating a sustainable yoga practice in 2021!
Start with the basics first
Before you jump into advanced postures, poses and attending multiple sessions a week, start by:
- Learning how to breathe correctly
- Learning the alignment of foundational Yoga poses
- Exploring how your body works + what support (props) or adjustments you need to serve your unique body
- Start with 1 or 2 classes a week with your schedule and then build from there
Try a variety of Teachers & styles
You won’t resonate with every single style of Yoga and every Teacher – and that’s okay!
That’s why it’s important to try a variety of Teachers and styles of Yoga to see what resonates with you best. The more you connect with your Teacher and enjoy your practice, the more you will keep coming back to your mat!
Take time to learn & understand what Yoga is and is not.
Yoga is so much more than just the physical asana (postures). The 8 limbs of Yoga are listed below, and you can see that Asana is just one of them!
8 Limbs of Yoga
- Yamas (self-control + qualities to live by)
- Niyamas (moral observances)
- Asana (physical postures)
- Pranayama (breathwork)
- Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses)
- Dharana (concentration)
- Dhyana (meditation)
- Samadhi (enlightenment)
You do not need to be the most flexible, coordinated and put together person to start Yoga – this is WHY we come to Yoga!
Everyone starts and practices at different levels so it is important to remember to not to compare yourself to the yogi on the mat next to you. Be okay with where you are currently at in your journey, because it’s exactly where you’re meant to be.
Be okay with stillness + silence
Because we live very busy and fast-paced lifestyles, it means that coming in to stillness and silence can be uncomfortable when we first start practicing Yoga. It can be challenging to sit with just ourselves and we may want to run or escape the discomfort.
Be compassionate and patient with yourself. It can take practice to be okay with the stillness.
Every day on the mat is a new experience, give yourself permission to flow with whatever is present for you each time.
Be open to Yoga props
Yoga props like blocks, bolsters and straps are a Yogis best friend!
They can help certain postures become more accessible to us and allow us to surrender deeper into a pose where there may have been some restriction or resistance without the use of supports.
You don’t need fancy clothes or expensive equipment to practice
All you need to practice Yoga is clothes you feel comfortable moving and stretching in. You don’t need trendy clothes or the hottest yoga pants.
You also don’t need an expensive Yoga mat to practice! Most Studios will provide Yoga mats, but if you would prefer your own – a plain rubber mat will do. You can also bring a towel along with you to use on your mat if you find you slip around.
Practice with a friend
Attending a Yoga class with a friend can feel less intimidating to try something new as there is already a component of familiarity and having a friendly face you know next to you. Practicing with a friend can also help keep us accountable to the classes we put our names down for.
Arrive to class 10 – 15 minutes early
Arriving to class 10 to 15 minutes early helps alleviate any stress or anxiety around going to a new place and gives you time to chat to the Teacher and settle in to the space without rushing around.
If you are not sure about the alignment of a certain pose, or how to do a certain breathing technique or are just curious about something – ask you teacher questions before or after class.
I can’t wait to welcome you to our studio!