It’s time to lay back and say ‘Om’.
The amazing thing about working out is there are so many ways to get your sweat on. From HIIT to strength training and even Zumba, there is a way to get out there and get active that you will love. Yoga is an incredibly popular practice for thousands of people around the globe, but for a beginner, it can be one of the most intimidating workouts to try. You imagine a room of people bending like pretzels and releasing their inner life force and think, NOPE, that’s not for me. But the truth is that yoga is a fantastic way to build strength, flexibility and find a moment of quiet relaxation. Whatever your fitness level, yoga offers a little something for everyone.
Still not convinced? I answer some of the most common beginner questions about yoga, below.
What is yoga?
Yoga is a practice that uses a series of poses to bring strength to the mind and body. It has its roots in ancient Indian meditation traditions but is now enjoyed in a variety of styles and ways around the world. For some people, it remains a highly spiritual practice while for others it is simply a very effective workout.
Do I need to be spiritual to enjoy yoga?
No, is the very simple answer. Like I explained above, different people and practitioners take different things from yoga. It ranges from the deeply spiritual to the purely physical and often takes a bit of both – finding the right balance is about connecting with a teacher who has the right mix for you. Whatever your beliefs, yoga is a great opportunity to practice mindfulness and enjoy a moment of quiet.
I have a bad knee/back/hip. Is yoga for me?
Often, people imagine that you have to be a human rubber band to enjoy or practice yoga. In fact, most moves can be modified for beginners or to accommodate injuries. It’s a workout where it really does pay to start slow, and a good teacher will help you develop a modified practice around existing problems.
Do I need to go to a yoga class or can I learn at home?
For beginners, it’s usually a good idea to try at least a couple of in-person classes to help to find the right form. But there are an ever-increasing number of excellent online yoga classes that you can try too. Choose whichever path feels right for you.
What are the benefits of yoga for my body?
The benefits of yoga are wide and varied. From increased flexibility and strength to improved energy and mood, it is a true workout for the body and the mind. But everyone finds something a little different in their practice. Give it a go and see how it makes you feel.
Feeling inspired to get your yoga on this weekend? Give it a try and connect with FitFusion PT on social media to let me know how it goes. We are going to be sorting our downward dog from our warriors next week with my guide to some of the most common yoga poses. Grab your mat, and I will see you then. Stay amazing my favourite fitness folks.