“I think a lot of people wait to feel a certain way about themselves before they are willing to take a chance… And I think sometimes you have to take a chance in order to feel the way about yourself that you want to feel.” – Debbie Millman
How do you start yoga?
You just do. Like anything else in life, you just start.
But I’ve never done Yoga before.
It’s Ok! I didn’t come out of the womb doing yoga. There was a point in my life (not that long ago) where I had never done yoga before. But I started one day, and you can too! 🙂
What do I need to get started?
Yourself! Sure you need a mat, but if you’re trying it at home, a towel will suffice. If you’re going to a yoga studio for the first time, most of them provide a community mat you can borrow. Mats also cost $12 at Marshals. If you think you really want to give this thing a shot, that’s not a bad investment. You may even consider getting some blocks ($10 for two on amazon). This will help with balance and reach.
But I Don’t Have Fancy Gear!
You’ll want comfortable clothing that you can move around in and stretch. You don’t need anything fancy or any particular brands. When I first started I wore T-shirts and regular tank tops. Don’t worry about what you’re wearing.
But I’m A Guy!
Great! I’m a girl!
But I’m Not Flexible Or Strong.
You don’t need to be either. When I started, I could barely touch my shins. One of the reasons you are doing yoga is so that you can get flexible and strong, so you have to start somewhere. And it’s really not about that, yoga is not just about the physical, it’s actually mainly mental. With commitment and practice, however, anything is possible.
But I Don’t Have Time.
Honestly, if you don’t have the time for something, then you really don’t want to do it. Please start taking accountability for your own actions. If this is something you really want to do, then you will make the time and do it. It’s really that simple (again, this goes for anything you want to do in life).
OK, Where Do I Sign Up?
You can either begin by looking up tutorials online, there are dozens of them. Or sign up at a local studio. I would personally recommend the latter because when you are in a class, the teacher will correct and adjust your posture to ensure proper alignment. Even veteran yogis could benefit from constructive feedback. The energy in the studio from both the teacher and the other yogis can also serve as inspiration. I would never suggest comparing yourself to anyone in the class, however, because yoga is not about comparison or competition, it’s a personal journey.
Now, just start! 🙂