Is “more exercise” on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Yoga could be the fitness routine you need to start the new decade off right. It has many different physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits, and it’s easy for beginners, too. It’s a positive way to help you stick to your exercise commitments in 2020, and here are three tips to get you started!
Try What Feels Right
Yoga has many benefits: strengthening the mind-body connection, increased flexibility, less stress, etc. But where do you start? There are so many different varieties of yoga you can choose from, but depending on personal preference and goals, one technique might be better for you than another. Start slow and find your footing – there’s no rush, after all!
I offer classes in both Hatha yoga and Restorative yoga. These options are both great for beginners because they both involve slow movements:
Hatha yoga is a blend of individual poses and connective flows. It has a slower pace that gives the practitioner time to form strong foundations. It makes poses available to all levels with a graduated sequencing. This style of yoga allows the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga to become one practice. It’s an excellent way to gain confidence, learn more about your body, become attuned to your emotions, and relieve stress and anxiety.
Restorative yoga is when the practitioner only moves between two to four poses in an hour, holding mostly seated or lying poses. It is usually a blend of stretching and poses supported by yoga props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks. Through restorative yoga, the deepest parts of the soul will learn to relax, slow down, and heal.
If you haven’t worked out in a while, these slower yogas are for you! I often incorporate reiki, drumming, and singing bowls into these classes where possible to deepen the healing on an energetic level.
Be Open For A New, Personal Experience
Getting started in yoga is something you do for yourself. It’s important to have a good understanding of the whys: do you need a gentle exercise? Do you need to find relaxation and a way to destress? Are you looking for more spiritual fulfillment? Yoga brings all these things and more in a very personal way, and I try to make the environment as conducive to your desired experience as possible.