Take advantage of yoga and it’s many benefits for recovery, including improved health, reduced stress, and better concentration.
It’s not difficult to begin yoga if you haven’t already, either! Before I started yoga I was under the assumption that you had to do so much work and had to be already in top-shape before beginning, but I learned that’s not always the case. As long as you have the willpower to start it up, all it takes to start yoga is to get some minimal gear, know what you’re getting into, and keep up with it. Here are some of the best tips I can offer in hopes that you will begin this adventure and see how yoga benefits you!
1. Be Properly Geared
The beautiful thing about yoga is that you really don’t need too many supplies to do it! The only things you really need include a good mat, some breathable, moveable clothing, and enough space to practice in – maybe a block, strap, and bolster, too, for those that want them. A simple mat won’t usually run you any more than $20 or so, and any old pair of shorts or sweatpants will do the job!
2. Take a Class
Yoga is more than just bending and stretching in weird ways that you don’t exactly do every day. People can generally benefit from picking up a class, even once a week, to get into the swing of things from a trained expert. You’ll be in a group with others in the same boat you are — learning something new to make yourselves healthier.
3. There’s an App for That
Let’s say you want to keep learning and not just in class, or classes aren’t always lining up with your schedule. You can still practice and take advantage of yoga benefits at home. If you have an iPod or Android device, you can download a free or cheap app that can help you learn some great yoga basics anytime, and anywhere.
4. Out of Shape? No worries!
One of the best things about yoga is its low-impact nature; you won’t be lifting weights or running for hours to achieve great results. People of any physical fitness level can pick it up and do well!
5. What Else Should I Do?
If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, you can add some other great and simple exercises to your yoga routine to really make you healthy, without breaking the bank, or your body. Going for a nice morning walk to get your body active can set the tone for the day and keep energy going. Once you’ve done some yoga and you’re feeling good, consider adding Tai Chi to the mix to use some of the great techniques you’ve learned to practice and get in tune with your inner Zen being.
6. Meditation Can Help Too
In the same family as yoga, meditation is a great way to promote self-discovery, better breathing techniques, and general improved health. Meditation is very simple, and only requires a nice place to sit and think. Yoga and meditation tend to go hand in hand, so give it a go and find that inner peace.
7. Don’t Give Up!
Just like any art form, sport, or hobby, yoga isn’t going to be perfected overnight and will take some time to get used to. It’s a very unique exercise, and it can be either relaxing and simple or an intense workout, so never get discouraged if you don’t see results instantly or you get tired fast.
8. What About Food?
Athletes looking to gain muscle are generally told to load up on carbs and protein, but what about yoga? People tend to eat certain foods before or after yoga to make the process both easier, and more effective. Foods like fruits and nuts both can give energy without weighing you down, and keep you going through a long workout.