Are you new to yoga or interested in getting started with a practice? I’m often asked what’s the best way to get into yoga… and my answer is always the same, read on for my opinion. The beautiful thing about yoga is that all you really need to get started is a yoga mat (my favorite linked here) and your body.
My best suggestion for beginners is to go to a beginning level or Hatha yoga class at your local studio and touch base with your teacher beforehand. By letting the teacher know you’re a beginner, he or she will keep an extra eye on you and most likely provide more thorough cues than usual. I started with a community college class that met once a week back when I was still in college. Then I dabbled with class offerings at my local gym before feeling comfortable enough to go to a “real” studio. Most studios offer an introductory package, two weeks of practice for $20-$40 or even a week free of charge. Take advantage of these opportunities to find a teacher and style that fits your needs.
If that’s too intimidating, Glo.com (formerly Yogaglo) is also a great resource. I believe you can sign up and get one month for free; after that, it’s a mere $18 a month for unlimited class access—the price for one studio drop-in class. This will give you an opportunity to feel comfortable with the names of yoga poses, what they should look like, and you’ll also begin to understand how your body feels in the different shapes. Glo is excellent, too, because you can filter down the level of class 1, 2, or 3 as well as the class duration, and teacher. My favorite teachers include Tiffany Cruikshank, Kathryn Budig, Jason Crandell, and Dice Ida-Klein.
If you’re looking for another online resource, I recently filmed a brief yoga warm-up aimed at yoga beginners to feel comfortable in Sun Salutations, a sequence that most flow or vinyasa yoga classes begin with. This short 8-minute warm-up is great for waking the body in the morning, before a more vigorous practice, prior to more intense movement or after as a cool down post-workout to stay limber.
Yoga can be life-changing. I’d love to hear about how YOU got started with yoga.