For many beginners, finding a way to get into yoga is a confusing process. Unless you’re blessed to have a great instructor nearby, you’ll need to begin formation of a routine from what you know and go from there. Even if you have a choice of coaches, you still need to pick the right one for your needs. Read on, and we’ll show you how to get a great, healthy yoga routine going right at home.
Step 1-Identify Your Goals
Everyone has their own reasons for picking up yoga, but you should define your goals early on in the process. There are a lot of different yoga types you can follow, other than the usual Hatha Yoga routine that comes to mind.
For instance, if relaxation is the ultimate goal you may be best off with something like Yin Yoga. On the other hand, those looking for a challenge may be interested in one of the hot yoga practices like Bikram.
To make your own routine, you need to define your goals clearly. Whether it’s posture, mental health, stiff hips, or any other “end point” that you begin your journey with.
Spend some time thinking about it. Maybe even write it down. It will make the rest of the process much easier.
Step 2-Learn the Asana
Yoga poses, or asana, are the core of the physical side of yoga. They form the basis upon which a routine is built, whether it’s the simple flow of a Sun Salute or the complex arrangements used in high-level yoga.
The Sun Salute is a great beginning for most people, consisting of a few simple poses that move through the sequence in an intuitive way. It’s possibly the best beginning point for the would-be yogi and it can be learned online in less than an hour.
From there you have two ways to find the asana which will become your routine: you can look up interesting poses or you can look up specific asana for your needs. The latter is best if you’re trying to deal with things like chronic pain but the first approach can be a lot more fun for otherwise healthy people.
You’ll eventually come up with a routine, or steal one from a video, but you should begin by spending a half-hour or so a day just messing around with asana which may help your goals. You can discard those which you find too uncomfortable for now, chances are you’ll take to them like a duck to water after a couple of months.
You can watch videos online to get a basic idea of what you’re doing.
Step 3-Start Slow but Constantly Improve
In the beginning, you’ll experience large leaps in flexibility and strength as your body becomes accustomed to your new exercise. You should use these leaps, rather than allowing your routine to stagnate early on.
There are two major ways that people can use their improved physical body to their advantage when it comes to yoga.
The first is to go deeper into asana which are mostly easy. A deeper Cobra Pose or reaching past your toes in a Forward Fold for instance. You can test the limits to see where your body is comfortable and where you can improve.
Or you can move to more advanced poses which are separate from the basics. Add them into your routine after exploring them on their own. Each asana is just a bit different for your body and mind, so learn about them before you decide(on someone else’s recommendation) that it’s perfect.
Your routine will get a bit longer and more complex if you’re doing things right. Just make sure that you’re constantly assessing your own capabilities as time goes on and modify things to ensure you’re working at the right level for your own ability.
Step 4-Make Time and Stick to It
The best time, for many people, to partake in yoga is early in the morning. It’s an excellent way to start the day but don’t be disheartened if you’re a night owl: you can do your routine anytime.
Find a time that you can commit to. Every day may be excessive, but three to five times a week is perfect for most people. Just make sure you have the time to go all the way through things without feeling rushed.
Then you’ll need to stick to the time. It takes much longer than most people care to admit to form a positive habit, but we all begin somewhere.
A well-planned routine is much easier to get rolling than just taking on a couple of poses, but repetition is how we go from being someone who practices yoga to a true yogi.
It’s Only the Beginning
Creating a healthy yoga routine takes a bit of time and effort, but you’re on the right track if you’re reading this. Put in the time, both in practice and planning, and you’re on the right track to a rejuvenated body, mind, and spirit. Why aren’t you getting started now?