Yoga!!!! The best thing in the world 🙂
If you’re reading this, then you’re most likely in the first stages of your yogic practice, or are considering trying it out..
Either or, I’m ecstatic for you! I absolutely LOVE it when random people DM me on Instagram and ask me “where do I even start?” or “can I still do yoga even though I’m not flexible?”
Answering questions like these are so much fun because 99% of the time, people are absolutely shocked with the answers I give them. Most of the time, people are motivated and empowered after I tell them the three tips that I’m about to share with you..
And before we go into the 3 tips, I want you to know that me and my friend Marisse (@namastayme) have created a 3-Day Yoga Journey Kick-Start for those of you who need a guiding hand during the first few days of your journey 🙂
It’s set up to where you learn about what yoga is (the art of finding unity with yourself and the world around you), how to flow (the practice of moving to YOUR body’s physical needs), how to silence your mind (the art of “staying in the zone” so that you can reach deeper meditative states and “silence” your mind), how to use external/internal stimulus to help you get more out of your practice (such as sounds, smells, breathwork, mantras, crystals, CBD, fasting, etc.) and how to learn the art of self-discovery (which is the journey toward learning more about yourself and your subconscious thoughts/tendencies).
If this sounds like something you’d like some help with, then you should definitely sign up!
With that said, let’s dive into the 3 main tips I like to share with those who are wanting to start their yoga journey!
1) You DON’T have to be flexible
No matter how flexible you are, it doesn’t matter!
Look at yoga as a meditative practice that utilizes physical postures (asanas) in ways to help the flow of our energy in our bodies. This doesn’t mean that you need to know how to do a handstands in order to get your energy flowing, it means that you can use the simplest movements and positions to get your desired feel.
Just know that our body is our subconscious mind. This is why your shoulders are slumped when you’re upset. This is also why your eyebrows raise when you get excited/are surprised with something. Your body is simply a tool to help you tap into your subconscious mind and learn more about yourself.
So, do you need to know how to do crazy handstand/forearm stands to get the feelings of being empowered and uplifted?? Nahh! All you need is a nice little warrior’s pose and you’ll be feeling like a king/queen 🙂
2) Don’t compare yourself with others, be INSPIRED
How often have you been to a yoga class or just surfing through instagram and thought “Man, I wish I could do that pose. I’ll never be able to do that with my body. I’m not flexible enough or strong enough to do that.”? Little do you know that these thoughts create a ripple effect in your life. These are called “limited beliefs” in which you already talk yourself out of the ability you actually have.
So, the next time you find yourself thinking in that way or pattern, I want you to immediately interject the thought “Wow. They must have worked so hard to get there. I am so inspired by them!” Watch how your practice grows and feel the connections you begin to make because of your supportive mindset. Who knows, maybe you’ll reach out to them and they’ll teach YOU some tricks!
Keep this in mind because most people are hesitant about trying yoga because they still have the belief that you have to be an aspiring acrobat to be a yogi. This couldn’t be further from the truth..
Yoga is a mental practice that just so happens to use physical postures, which brings me to my last tip!
3) Yoga is 99% mental and 1% physical
Yoga is not about the physical practice – the asanas (postures) are only a portion of the yoga practice. I know how amazing it is to see what people can do with their bodies, but I want you to know that these people have gone through amazing spiritual and mental journeys to get there.
Just know that everyone has to start somewhere! It’s very similar to people who don’t like going to the gym because they feel “out of place”. But, even the biggest and strongest people in the gym had to start somewhere, right? This is the same for yoga, so remember the tip about removing comparison and know that it’s primarily a mental practice anyways!
By keeping this in mind, your confidence will always be through the roof!
Also, you’ll be more capable of helping others who start to ask you yoga question, because trust me, it’ll start to happen sooner or later 😉
I hope this post helped you make some realizations as you start your yoga journey! I wanted to help build your confidence as you start your practice, because at the end of the day, it’s all about reaching a state of bliss, NOT being able to kiss your heels while being bent like a pretzel hahaa
If you have any questions, be sure to contact me and subscribe to this website with the form below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!
And if you’re thinking you need some FREE guided help, our 3-Day Yoga Journey Kick-Start is right up your alley.