Hello Lovlies! We are only a few days in to the Take the Leap 30 Day Yoga challenge with Sweat Pink and prAna and everyone participating has been so inspiring. No matter what level you are at in your practice, I love the unity with sisters and brothers helping each other. This is what I LOVE about the yoga community. This unity has inspired me to write this post as I thought I would share what I have learned since I started my yoga journey in March of 2014.
Disclaimer – I am NOT a doctor nor do I pretend to be. I am NOT a yoga instructor although I think it’s an awesome job to have. This list is based on my own experiences. All opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post and there is no compensation trading hands.
First a quick history of my new yoga journey…. Last winter, I suddenly had the desire to be able to do a fly in firefly (video) and crow (video) pose. I had seen other people do them and I was drawn to them like moth to a flame. One of my blends (blogger friend) started to turn her blog focus towards her yoga practice a few months prior and so I followed her into it. I started my practice with a yoga challenge on Instagram ( @fourthehealthofit ~ follow me!) hosted by this friend. Early on, I strained my lower back trying a forward fold and had to put my dreams of flying on hold. Then I got back into it again in April making it a daily practice. Here I am eleven months later, still not flying but loving every second of it. This journey has changed me and am patient for that day when these poses happen.
While following along with #TakeTheLeap, I have seen a lot of newbies to yoga joining the group. I know this can be an overwhelming start so I thought I would share with you things that I have learned along the way. So… on with the list!
- Don’t compare yourself to everyone else~ I know this is hard to do with any group you get involved with. You will follow people starting their practice at the same time as you who might excel at arm balances very quickly when you can’t get your butt off the floor. Go at your own pace. This is your practice no one else’s.
- Take classes
- If you can’t get to a studio~ read a lot, watch videos on youtube or DVD’s. Whatever your preferred method is, educate yourself on how to do each pose. Even something as easy looking as a forward fold (video) can strain your lower back if you don’t enter into it correctly.
- There is no shame in using blocks/straps~ These props help you with your alignment and balance when you are not quite there yet.
- There is no shame in modification~ Any good instructor will tell you how to modify a pose. Without modifications, your practice will be frustrating if not impossible and you will not stick with it.
- With balance comes strength~ Use your core, find a focal point and square your hips. It’s that simple.
- Get on your mat every day even if it’s just 10 minutes~ Practice = Progress
- The poses should feel comfortable~ Do not push through the pain. You will cause an injury.
- Yoga selfies ~ Here is the secret: I find a place for my phone and record my yoga flow. Then when I am done, I take screen shots of what I want to share on Instagram or other social media. This way, I can focus on my flow and not be distracted by constantly setting a self timer. Plus, holding a pose for the timer can make 10-15 seconds feel like 15 minutes. And you can pull something from straining to hold on.
There you have it! These are the main points I wanted to pass along. I am listing a few sources that you can check out too. If you have anything to add, please share in the comments! I hope you found this helpful. Good luck with your practice.
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