• Lindsay Pemble, NP, RYT

3 Tips To Begin A Yoga Practice

Increasing movement, improving flexibility, stretching and stress relief are amongst the most popular reasons why one seeks out yoga. These were the EXACT reasons why I started.

Yes, there are others like personal and spiritual growth, but I found more about that with time.

First and foremost, give yourself GRACE with this new experience. If you go like a bat out of hell, then fall off the mat, you will unlikely get back on. Starting something new can be scary and overwhelming, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself or the practice. You may not feel any different during your first or 5th practice, but one day, you will notice the difference. That mind-blown moment will come, I promise you. This is not a sprint, but a life-long practice of wholistic well-being and self-discovery.

Now that you have the grace and patience, let’s talk about time reality & consistency of practice. Consistency will allow you to build confidence in your new routine but it’s so important to be honest with your time.

What is the time length that you can be more consistent with? If you are a newbie, I would suggest to start with 10-15 minute practices and see how that goes for you. Here is a great 13-minute “A Little Bit of This A Little Bit of That” practice of you to try!

If you can consistently practice 3-4 times per week, then you are doing terrific! As you feel you’re able increase your length of time, but remember, 30 minutes or less is perfect! So if it’s easier to get those 30 minute or less practices in more often, go for them!

Body connection is your next step. I recommend to get connected to what part of your body needs the most TLC. For me? It’s always hips and shoulders. This can help you to focus on certain practices that focus on your problem areas. Once you start feeling reprieve from the pain and tightness, which can happen with your first practice, it will convince you to keep showing up for yourself! If you have tight shoulders, try this “Happy Shoulders” practice out!

Alright! You are ready to roll out that mat and confidently give yoga a try! If you are looking for a free 40 minute yoga class, check out our class schedule on our homepage HERE.

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