To succeed in yoga, or anything else in life, you need two main ingredients: Learn the basics of the activity and know thyself.
- Be clear about your needs and goals.
Remember to take into account where you are and how much time and energy commitment you want to give your yoga practice. If you have, or are currently experiencing any health problems, consult your doctor before starting regular yoga practice and consult your yoga teacher who can give appropriate modifications.
- Being committed.
While the philosophical aspects of yoga or even a yoga lifestyle are not appealing to you, try to remain open to the holistic philosophy of yoga. Yoga has much more to offer than just a strength and fitness benefit. Commit to fully experience yoga practice and you may be surprised what you learn more about yourself.
- Take time to learn.
Yoga is an ancient discipline. To participate successfully in practice it is worth taking the time to learn about all aspects of it, not only to practice postures. Yoga Tradition is varied and extensive. Taking the time to explore many different variations of Yoga.
- It takes time.
Especially if you are very new to Yoga will take time for you to see and experience all the benefits and results of the practice of yoga. Give yourself and your practice time and dedicated discipline and you will see and feel the immense benefits that yoga has to offer.
One of the reasons why yoga is so powerful and beneficial for our body and our mind is that it combines both the physical represents strength and flexibility with awareness and concentration on breathing. Focus on your breathing and different types of breathing patterns are used in the practice of yoga to make sure you feel the full benefits.
- Mix it up.
Like any other activity, if you play the same way all the time, is likely to get bored with it, even if you start with lots of enthusiasm. Vary your program periodically. Investigate other styles of yoga, or take a class with a different instructor.
- Start good.
It is much harder to unlearn poor technique, than it is to get started on the right track. Whenever possible, try to get some lessons from a qualified instructor and read a book or two about yoga to give a good all round grounding in the basics.
- Be kind to yourself.
As adults we often demand of ourselves an instant success in any business, especially a new sport or activity. Perfectionism has no place in yoga and it will be worth your time to let go!
- Listen to your body.
Yoga postures can feel uncomfortable or unusual when you start, but you should never cause pain or discomfort. If you are holding your breath, trembling in a pose or effort, and then out of the pose and test a modification, rest and try again. Your body will tell you what works and what does not. Do not override what your body is saying in a race to “see results”.
- It’s fun with a friend.
Practicing yoga with a friend or a regular yoga class is a wonderful way of encouragement as they learn and develop together.
The practice of yoga has many benefits for life, regardless of when you start. To succeed in yoga and enjoy your yoga practice, take the time to implement these top ten tips and you will soon experience the benefits quiet and physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga.