Today is International Yoga Day!! If you haven’t started a yoga practice we have a few tips to help you begin. Remember that yoga isn’t about being flexible or being strong. An important factor in yoga is about looking inward and focusing on your breath.
It’s smart for a beginner to take a beginner’s yoga class at a studio that resonates with you. Maybe you are looking for a place that’s close to your home or office. Or, maybe you want a relaxed environment or more of a high intensity gym setting. There are so many different yoga lineages that you should research to find the one that’s right for you. When practicing in a class setting, we understand you usually want to hide in the back of class, but go in the front so you’re not distracted by the other yogis. It’s important to listen to the teacher’s instructions and if you get lost, always look towards the teacher for guidance. The most important thing is to not judge yourself, because no one else is. The first yoga class is always the hardest, so please be patient with yourself.
Bringing yoga into everyday life is important. The breath work that you start at the beginning of class is great to use when in the car or at work. If you feel stressed out throughout the day remember something inspiring your yoga teacher said. Be patient with your progress and remember your body isn’t the same as anyone else’s; do not judge or critique yourself against anyone else. To enhance your yoga practice with aromatherapy, you can simply add a few drops of your essential oil of choice to a tissue by your yoga mat. Peppermint Essential Oil offers a refreshing aroma, that helps up uplift the spirit; while Lavender Essential Oil is a soft, floral aroma to help soothe and rejuvenate the soul.