For many of us, a regular yoga practice may be a difficult thing to establish. Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Create a comfortable spot for your yoga practice
Most of us, have to be more flexible and create a space when we want to practise. Try and find a
spot where it’s peaceful and quiet, with as much space around you as possible. An empty piece
of wall can be handy too since the wall is a great prop. If you like, it can be nice and even helpful
to create some atmosphere with a candle or an incense stick.
Things like candles and incense are just extras, and by no means necessary to practise yoga. You
can do yoga anywhere as long as you have enough space around you without the risk of
bumping into tables, chairs, etc. I’ve practised in the living room with my husband there, having
his breakfast and reading the paper, even commenting now and then. Not ideal, but I still got
my practice in, which is the most important message of this article.
So be creative and get on your mat no matter what! Create the best space you can and enjoy
2. Get your yoga accessories
All you really need is a yoga mat, preferably non-slip. The yoga mat market is huge but it‘s
worth paying a little more for a good quality mat that suits your needs and will last a long time.
3. Stay safe, prevent injury
This is one tip with no shortcuts. Always watch your boundaries and especially be mindful of
your body’s vulnerable areas. Particularly vulnerable areas are knees, hips, spine and neck. If
you feel any painful sensations, adjust, soften, come out of the pose if you need to. Don’t
force or push.
Warm up your body properly before attempting more advanced poses, and keep checking in if
it feels okay to be in a pose. Be especially mindful during transitions between poses or when
moving in or out of poses – these are moments of a potential risk of injury because we tend to
pay less attention to our alignment.
4. Practise yoga regularly
Even practising yoga once a week is beneficial! Three times a week is great, every day is great
too. What works for you? If it’s very important for you to achieve goals, then it is much better to
set a goal of practising three times a week, being able to do it and feeling proud of yourself, than
to set a goal to practise every day and feeling bad if you do only three times a week. A feeling of
failure usually just makes you skip practices even more. So, be honest, set realistic goals, and do
what you can. A 10 minute yoga practice is still a practice and definitely counts.
5. Enjoy your practice!
Don’t overdo it; if you don’t enjoy your yoga practice you will never keep it up. It should be
something you look forward to doing. Maybe try another style of yoga or teacher if you feel like
yoga is becoming a chore.