So you’re excited about trying yoga for the first time. Amazing! You’re about to embark on a journey that will have a monumental effect on your holistic health, overall wellness and perhaps even add a lot of joy to your routine. Starting a yoga practice takes commitment and discipline, but doesn’t have to require jumping straight into multiple classes or sessions in a week. Start by carving out a little bit of time in your week to test the waters and find a feel for what it entails. It won’t be easy at first, but the following yoga videos will lay the right foundation, give your body time to adjust, and lead to a sustainable practice at the end of the day.
1. A Practical Warm-Up
Whether you’re going for a long walk, jogging a few times a week or just starting with yoga for the first time, always take time to warm up your joints and muscles first. Focus on the areas that you’ll be targeting specifically, as this will help you to avoid injury and make it easier to get into the rhythm of the activity. Warming up as part of a workout routine can be a game changer, as you prioritise your muscles and technically start by doing a small self care activity as well.
2. Healthy Hamstrings For The Win
Next, a couple of arm and leg extensions are the order of the day. These will help you to get to know your body and to see what feels good and what doesn’t. Don’t be surprised if a couple of things feel uncomfortable during your first session. Your body is going against what it has done for years and years, and will likely need some time to adjust and get used to the changes (which are all worth it at the end of the day).
3. Steady and Sturdy Shoulders
The sooner you start working on arm, upper back and shoulder strength, the better. These form part of the core areas that are used during many types of yoga, and will help with building a strong foundation for your practice. Scapular push-ups create strength in all of these areas, and will start to build your overall physical strength in order for you to manage with other new poses in the long run.
4. Strong Legs and Core
Last but not least, try a lunge variation to give your legs, middle and lower body the right kind of attention that will make yoga a lot of fun in future. Lunges are some of the most typical poses you can find in yoga, and by trying out various different types, you’ll soon recognise exactly which cater to your body type, fitness level and flexibility. I like to tell people that they will eventually “float and flow” through their yoga sessions by getting lunges right, and I can attest to the fact that this is something that helps to make the experience all the more enjoyable in the long run.
From here, absolutely anything is possible. Enjoy the ride, and let me know if you have any questions regarding your yoga practice or your general holistic health goals.