Make sure your movements are gentle at first. Make sure that your body goes through a proper warm up. Listening to your body is a key ingredient to having a healthy practice. If following along might be difficult, there is no need to feel disappointed. Focusing on yourself is the most important thing. We all have challenges in our own unique ways and learning to accept what is, is an important factor.
Find a modification
If you have an injury or certain difficulty with a pose, finding another variation is the answer. The point is to focus on yourself and work with your capabilities. With time, you will get better and it is a matter of patience and acceptance of yourself. We all have limits and paying attention to what your body is telling you during practice is a way to get to know yourself better. Another thing is if you become tired or emotionally distraught, you can always hang out in child’s pose at any point during the practice to regain perspective.
Stay curious and open
During practice, remember to keep an open mind. Perhaps certain terms and techniques might sound out of this world. But yoga is an ancient method and has been practiced by many to achieve peace and happiness. If something doesn’t make sense or is hard to fathom, asking after class is always a great way to fulfill that curiosity.
In preparation for a class, consider these yoga tips:
- Perhaps bringing a water bottle might be useful. When one works with energy, in order to cleanse the body, adequate hydration is necessary.
- Don’t go on a full stomach. The energy that you need for postures and focused attention should not be spent on digestion.
- Bring extra layers. If the air conditioning or outside weather conditions are a little cooler, warming up and cooling down should be in a comfortable temperature where your joints are warm.
Whatever may happen in a yoga practice, remember to allow things to happen without placing a label on it as being good or bad. This will allow you to enjoy whatever happens and create a wonderful experience where you might just find you learn something new.