Do you remember how nerve-wracking your first day of school was? Every year for 12 or 13 years you probably walked through the doors of your school in new clothes, with a backpack full of crisp notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils.
No matter what grade you were in, that first day was always nerve-wracking. I don’t know about you, but at almost 30, I still have nightmares about my first day of school.
When I walked into my first yoga class, I felt like it was my first day of high school. The beginning of class reminded me of the dreaded lunch time experience, where your friends were nowhere to be found and you had to start eating alone.
Not knowing any of the poses was akin to having no idea where my classes were, and not remembering the yoga sequence brought pangs of panic, similar to when I forgot my locker combination in between classes.?
If you’re avoiding yoga because you’re nervous about attending a class or you can’t shake that “first day of school” feeling, hopefully this guide can help you get your booty into a yoga class with confidence and enthusiasm.
Why You Need to Try Yoga?
I could tell you, “You have to do yoga for all of these reasons,” but that’s pretty pushy and that’s not what yoga is about. I can, however, share with you why you should try yoga.
Obviously I’m in love with yoga, mainly because developing a practice is so good for your body and mind!
Even though I could go on for days, here’s a short list of reasons to unroll your mat:?
- Yoga boosts your self-esteem and body image, while improving your mood, because it increases serotonin levels in your brain.? (1)
- Vinyasa yoga, or a power class, greatly improves your cardiovascular fitness. (2)
- Yoga strengthens your arms, shoulders, core, thighs, and buttocks while refining your muscle tone. (3)
- A regular practice reduces short and long term stress levels because you become more mindful, which means you can then to take that amazing skill out into the world. (4)
- Patients with chronic back pain saw a reduction in their pain after 14 weeks of a daily practice. (5)
- The American Heart Association says that a yoga-based model of fitness, combined with a heart-healthy diet, prevents or even partially-reverses heart disease. (6)
- Yoga is useful during smoking cessation because of its stress-reducing properties. (7)
- If you’re tired all the time, yoga helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. (8)
- With such high rates of obesity, there have been multiple studies done on how yoga lowers the risk of obesity and helps people maintain a healthy long-term weight. (9)
- Yoga is incredibly beneficial for patients diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Even cancer patients found they had a better outlook on their current situation when they practiced yoga regularly. (10)
How to Get Started with Yoga
It isn’t every day you get to be a beginner. Practicing yoga can be initially frustrating because you don’t know all of the poses.
Or maybe you’re not strong enough to hold an arm balance, but this period passes because of the excitement that comes with learning new poses.
Enjoy the challenge of working on new sequences and improving with every yoga practice you do!
#1. Pick Your Type of Yoga
Yes, there is more than one type of yoga! In fact, there are lots of different types.
What type you choose really depends on the studios you have in your area or what you want to get out of your practice…