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5 Tips for starting your yoga practice.

September 2, 2019

yoga teacher holding a mat

You have heard it time and time again “You should do yoga” but you have no idea where to begin. So I have compiled a list of 5 things to know before you start your yoga practice.

Do a workshop or private class.

Workshops are a great opportunity to learn more in an intimate setting. When you first start going to classes it can sometimes be overwhelming trying to keep up with the class if you have little to no knowledge on the actual postures. Setting up good habits from the start is really important to avoid injury.

If you cant make it into a studio for a workshop you can learn about the foundations with my foundation’s bundle on Pure online.

https://app.namastream.com/#/pureyogaottawa/product/3863

Introductory offer.

A lot of studios give an introductory pass. It’s a great opportunity to try out the different class styles/teachers and time slots to see what you like and what works for you.

Get a good yoga mat

You want a mat that inspires you to get on it. When I first started my practice I made the mistake of getting a cheap one from Winners. I was sliding everywhere and it was so uncomfortable when I did stuff on my knees. Here are some mats that I recommend.

It’s not a competition

Don’t worry about what is happening around you. If the person next to you is flying around doing arm balances and inversions you do NOT need to do them as well. Stay focussed on your practice and listen to your body. You don’t need to be a hero. Maybe one day you will get to do those fun postures as well but there is no rush to get there. Set up the building blocks first so that when you do move into the more advanced postures your body will be prepared for it.

Ask questions and talk to your teacher

Introduce yourself before class and let your teacher know that you are new. Ask them how you need to set up your mat and if you will need any props. Let your teacher know about any injuries or concerns you might have beforehand. Ask your teacher about postures or exercises you didn’t fully understand.

I hope you are feeling a little bit more confident in starting your practice! If you are in Ottawa, I hope you swing by for a class 🙂

B xo

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