Yoga is a form of exercise and meditation that has been steadily growing in popularity with every passing year. However, if you’re a beginner, it can be daunting to just dive right in. Due to this learning curve, I have prepared a number of tips for novices on how to do yoga that should help get the ball rolling.

Leave it to the Professionals

While books and videos can certainly be helpful, it’s hard to compare them to a professional that can provide you with personal attention and assistance. Many beginners┬áthat are unsure of how to do yoga are turned off by it if they can’t manage to replicate what they read or see. This is why a teacher that can help build your confidence in your own abilities is a very important part of your initial foray into yoga.

Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses

A good way to make yourself dislike practicing yoga is to hurt yourself attempting it. Whether this is because you pushed yourself too hard trying to compete with others or simply because you don’t like failure, you have to take these things in stride. You will improve over time, no one is a master when they’re just starting out. It’s important to go at your own pace, channel your breathing, making sure that you focus on relaxation and not exertion, and┬áhaving a sense of humor and humility when you don’t succeed.

What to Wear

Wearing the proper type of clothing may not seem like a big deal, but it’s actually a very important aspect of learning how to properly practice yoga. Your best bet it to wear something that fits snugly, but also stretches. This way you will have freedom of movement but won’t have to worry about fashion mishaps caused by bent over poses or the possibility of getting tangled up in loose hanging clothing. It is also very important to note that while some people may practice in socks or shoes, this is almost always due to an injury or medical condition. The best way to practice yoga is barefooted for the precision and flexibility that comes from doing so.

Frequency

Yoga is best in short, frequent sessions rather than long intensive stretches. Keep at it every day if you can and remember to relax. If you keep this in mind, I’m confident that you’ll love practicing yoga in no time.