I remember originally looking at yoga as some sort of pretzel exercise fad. I couldn’t imagine that contorting my body into all those poses could help me or be remotely comfortable.
Yeah, I was wrong and I’m so glad I was! I’m not saying everyone needs to go out and immediately try advanced yoga, but even basic poses can make you feel amazing.
Believe it or not, I even got my husband to try it once. Here’s my insights into getting started with yoga and how to have fun with it.
Why I Love Yoga
I’m all for all types of exercise, including yoga. For me, it’s a highly relaxing and centering experience. It’s not just about the poses. It’s about focusing on your breathing and feeling more connected to yourself. You get to shut out the world outside, get out of your own head and just be.
Of course, being more flexible, having stronger muscles, relieving aches and pains and all the other health benefits are definitely a plus too!
Decide Where To Start
Personally, I’m a fan of taking yoga classes. This way you get the guidance you need to ensure you’re doing the poses correctly. Plus, it’s fun to interact with others. Just make sure you’re taking a class at your skill level. It’s no fun pulling muscles trying to keep up.
My husband and I actually took a couples yoga class. It was a unique experience and one I highly recommend. We had to learn how to work together and balance on each other to do the poses. Honestly, it was both fun and challenging and made us feel even closer.
Of course, if you’re not a class person, there are plenty of other options. Using videos from Amazon is a great way to learn at home. Both Yoga For Beginners Deluxe Set and Yoga Boost are great options. I love the later too since it includes modifications if you’re really not a flexible person.
There are also plenty of beginner yoga videos on YouTube. Another option is Daily Burn. The subscription service allows you to watch all the fitness videos and classes you want, including yoga, starting at $14.95 per month. There’s a 30-day free trial, so it’s worth looking into.
Getting The Right Equipment
I know yoga might seem like something expensive to get into, but it’s actually not. You don’t have to have specialty clothing. Some non-slip socks, leggings and a t-shirt works well. For guys, sweatpants work well.
Now, I do highly recommend a yoga mat at the very least. Many poses have you sitting, kneeling or even inverting yourself. A hard floor is not your friend. Plus, those mats give you a bit more grip. Yes, there are special yoga towels, but a hand towel works well too.
The easiest way to get the right equipment for yoga is to start with a yoga kit.
Some great kits include :
Live Infinitely (includes DVDs)
These include towels, mats, blocks, straps and more. The good news is all of these are under $60, so it’s affordable to get everything you need.
I always include a little yoga as part of a self-care strategy to be an Unbothered Goddess. The stress relief alone is well worth the effort. However, even I fell for trying to be perfect at it to begin with. The truth is you’re not going to be able to do even the most basics poses great at first, unless you’re already pretty flexible.
Start with basic poses and let your body gradually adjust. I know it’s frustrating to wait, but trust me, your body will get there. Just focus mainly on your breathing and stretch just as far as you can without pulling anything. Make it a regular practice and you’ll advance to harder poses before long.
Embracing Your Inner Yogi
Okay, now it’s time for you to get started. I want to give you a few resources for better understand yoga, the various poses, breathing and more:
Yoga Journal (love this one!)
It doesn’t matter how young or old you are or what your current fitness level is, just give yoga a try. You have everything to gain, including becoming a more relaxed Unbothered Goddess.
Signed – The Unbothered Goddess, a woman who’s been where you are