Beginners Yoga Routine – 3 Common Yoga Mistakes
You know the feeling you get when you start something new and the worry of the unknown. Well in most cases it is completely unwarranted and we get through things easily and quickly. Sometimes it isn’t little nor simple, not even easy. This can cause us to have an entirely negative first impression or perhaps even never want to do something again.
Yoga has so many health benefits, on both a physical and spiritual level. It would be a tragedy for you to miss out on the benefits of yoga because someone didn’t explain to you the three most common yoga mistakes. I’m here to tell you give yoga another chance either in your own home or with another instructor. There are lots of different types of yoga from siting in a chair to standing on your head. Be sure to read the information below to prevent the three most common mistake that happen to beginners.
1st Mistake: Not knowing what you want from Yoga
Historians tell us yoga dates back to 3300 BCE suggesting it’s origin began in the Eastern starts of India. Yoga has withstood the test of time and shown many of its benefits to many people throughout the years. During this time, there have been numerous different forms and styles of yoga and each has its own unique attractions.
What attracted you to yoga? Was it physical, mental or spiritual goals that have you interested in yoga? Give yourself some time with this question since the answer could be all three. Once you can honestly answer why you are attracted to yoga then you can do some investigating on the internet to see which styles of yoga will cater to your specific needs and goals.
Once you’ve figured out which yoga styles will work for you start to research if there are any instructors in our area. If there are instructors, it’s a good idea to discuss with them what you are looking for in a yoga class before you begin. Yoga instructors are usually happy to talk about their style. Be sure if you have more than one instructor locally to talk to them all to get a feel for which class best fits your goals and to make sure it a great fit for you. In addition, ask the instructor which beginners yoga routine will you be using so you can go home and look them up.
2nd Mistake: Jumping in Feet First
Now that you have decided that you are willing to give Yoga a try or another try. Do not jump right into a 12-month stage by stage class, meaning do not go paying for a years’ worth of classes. What do I mean by “stage by stage”? Stage classes start you out at level one and continue to the next level after a few weeks progress. They are a fabulous way to learn yoga and get very good at it, but you need to try the class a few times before committing to a 12-month program or a payment plan.
When looking for an instructor be sure to look for classes design for beginners or otherwise known as a “drop-in” class. After a few weeks people will coming and going as new people join and older ones move on. A drop-in class is designed to give a broad feel for the different styles of yoga. The instructors usually keep the class gentle since each student’s level vary. Remember this is a beginners yoga routine so pace yourself. This type of class is usually a pay as you go so there isn’t an investment while you decide on the style of yoga that best suits you. Plus, as a drop-in class you are not obliged to go to ever class based on fear of missing something. With a stage class, you can easily fall behind if you miss two weeks since you were on holiday.
3rd Mistake: Choosing the wrong teacher
A traditional “Yogi” had to apprentice with a Master Guru for many years before he could teach even the simplest of yoga techniques. Today there are online courses and 3 day courses over a long weekend and you can get a certificate. There is a real difference in what you will achieve depending on the skill and abilities of the person teaching. This is not to say an instructor with an online certificate is not a good. It’s to say take notice of the instructor’s skill and abilities. Also, be aware that just because someone has been instructing yoga for years doesn’t make them better. As humans, we always need to be improving and keep learning in order to grow mentally and spiritually.
Yoga has been making its way into the sports injury list and a large reason is students and instructors are not listening to their bodies. Just like clothing one size do not if all nor does yoga. You are the only person who truly knows all your mental, physical and spiritual issues. Start listening to your body and be kind to it. If an instructor tells you no pain no gain, run and run fast. Yoga was created to help you physically, mentally and spiritually not harm you.
Benefits of Yoga:
- increase flexibility
- increase range of motion
- strengthen and tone muscles throughout the whole body
- improve your energy and vitality
- maintain a balanced metabolism
- mind-body awareness