Build a space
If you’ve been into a few yoga studios, you’ll start to recognize that they all tend to have some similar characteristics. Think about what your ideal space looks like.
Is it more important for you to have somewhere that’s easily accessible that you can get to in 2 minutes in the morning? Is a place that’s out of the way where you can hide and get away from real life important? Do you want to practice inside or outside? Consider how you’ll heat or cool the room if you need to.
Once you’ve got a bit of an idea of what you want your space to do, think about what you need to achieve that space. Get yourself a nice yoga mat, a strap, and a block if you need one. Think about whether a blanket would be nice to help you wind down in savasana at the end of your practice. If you’ve decided to play music while you practice, find some playlists that are empowering and not distracting.
Don’t forget to leave your devices at the door, or if you need them set them to do not disturb.
Any plan is only as good as the routine you’re committed to.
Think about how often you want to practice and for how long each session. I recommend you don’t overdo it at first. Even 15-minute sessions is a great place to start. Make sure it’s something you can commit to doing each time you practice.
When do you want to practice? If you want to build a routine, building time for yoga into your everyday life is a good option. However, when you choose to practice might impact on what sort of practice you do. For example, practicing first thing in the morning is great if you want to do something energetic, like flow. If you’re looking to destress, at lunchtime or right after work might be ideal. If you’re looking at practicing primarily for relaxation, before you go to bed might be a good choice.
Whatever it is you choose, block out time for it in your calendar, and stick to it.
Find an app or video
Some people, especially people who have more experience doing yoga, might like to build their own routine and do it from memory. For the rest of us, reaching for something like a yoga DVD for beginners, a video or an app might be a good option. Videos are great because you can watch for technique tips. You can usually find a practitioner who works well with your preferred style.
Some YouTubers also make technique videos which focus on one technique and teach you the things you should look out for when practicing.
Apps are great if you want to build your own routine. Try a bunch and see how they work for you before you commit to one DVD, video or app.
Like anything, starting something new is only good if you actually do it. Review your progress regularly. Is your routine or type of yoga working for you? Do you need an extra challenge, or do you need to find some modifications? Can you practice more often or for longer?
Review whether you need additional help or support. If you can, consider attending classes once a month or every couple of months so you can get real-time feedback and see how you improve. If you can afford it, a private lesson every few months is a great option, so you’re able to ask specific questions or for specific modifications.
If your circumstances change, such as injury or pregnancy, definitely consider going to a class or private lesson as ensuring you’re practicing safety is hugely important.
Take these tips and get started!