So You Want To Be a Yogi -Tips For Beginners

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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.

Videos shared in this post by:

Kino MacGregor (Kino Yoga) YouTube Instagram

Kerri Verna (Beach yoga Girl) YouTube Instagram

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And for more reading and videos check out Do You Yoga  or Mind Body Green

Namaste!

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Take the Leap ~ 30 Days of Yoga challenge with prAna and Sweat Pink!

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  • When I think about yoga, the first thought that comes to mind is that it helps calm the mind.
  •  Yoga invigorates me and makes me feel happy.
  • That’s why I am SO excited to participate in prAna’s Take The Leap 30 days of Yoga Challenge with Sweat Pink.
  • I plan to wheel pose my way to a more flexible and energetic 2015!
  • For me, the biggest challenge when it comes to yoga is arm balances .
  • Taking the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink is a great way for me to stay on target with my yoga journey.
  • My favorite place to yoga is outside because it is so peaceful and I love to have the sun on my face while I breathe in the fresh air.
  • Here’s a photo of me in my very best compass pose:

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  • I want all you fabulous bloggers to share your very best yoga pose photos, this fun madlib and of course, I challenge them to join me on this fun 30 day yoga journey
  • Come on y’all, Take the Leap with me!
  • Join prAna’s & Sweat Pink’s Take the Leap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge and be eligible to win $500 worth of prAna gear and / or be the lucky winner who gets to gift $500 worth of prAna gear to one lucky winner. They just launched their new spring collection so you best get on it!
  • If I win I would gift the $500 to Kim at Busy-Bod.com (@BusyBodBlog) because she is a huge influence in my yoga practice.
  • Join the Take the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink Facebook group / event which we’ll use for updates, sharing,and inspiration: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1525412337742204/

and event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/423377431152799

And join the challenge on Instagram, Twitter, and your blog using the hashtags:

#TakeTheLeap

#prana

#sweatpink

And of course, tag @prana @FitApproach

YOGA ON!

Want to play? Just copy/paste the above and fill in the blanks where I have bolded & italicized and make it your own. Or use this link for the template!