- Find A Good Yoga Teacher
It is much easier to learn yoga from a qualified, experienced, real-living-breathing person, rather than from videos or books. Particularly, for those who are at the beginning, a teacher’s presence and ability are essential for actually seeing you and responding to what you are doing so that you can be confident that you are doing yoga properly.
- Respect Inner Wisdom And Limitations of Your Body
Don’t try to push yourself to do anything that seems dangerous or wrong for you. It is essential to the skillful and beneficial practice of yoga. Talk to your teacher if you are pregnant or have particular injuries or any serious medical condition. Choose the poses which are beneficial for you. Be aware of contraindications that are relevant to your specific circumstances: for example, some poses are not suitable for early pregnancy.
Yoga is all about finding a deeper, healthier harmony between our body and mind while our breathing is central to this. So, breathe into your whole body in the poses while relaxing. You will have to learn a lot about healthy breathing in yoga.
- Don’t Compare Yourself With Others
Just look inwards to your own progress. There are always more flexible, strong, and beautiful people in your yoga class, and in life, too. Yoga is not a spectator sport or a competition, so don’t compare yourself with others. Appreciate the progress of your own.
- Have A Sense Of Humor
Although Yoga is a quiet and focused activity, we need not take ourselves too seriously. We may feel ungainly and stiff when we try to navigate ourselves into new poses. Humility, an inner smile and a bit of gentleness can save us from pushing ourselves to the point of strain and injury.