Whether you have lost your job due to the Coronavirus outbreak or are still working. These are stressful times. Yoga is one of the best ways to get fit and healthy. You can learn it at home with the help of some online videos. All you need are some comfortable clothes, a mat, and a quiet space for exercising.
Tip #1: Set Aside Time in Your Schedule
If you don’t schedule it in, it doesn’t get done. Well, that is how things go in my life. Without schedules and deadlines, I tend to procrastinate and not do anything. Or rather, I do a lot of nothing important. But yesterday, I penciled in my yoga workout and today I did it!
Tip #2: Start Slowly
You may have been a high school athlete like me, but if you haven’t worked out in a while (like me), you are going to want to build up to more difficult exercises. Don’t feel bad about not being able to do some of the poses that you used to be able to do. Flexibility comes and goes. A few weeks of practicing and you’ll eventually be able to do all the asanas.
Tip #3: Wear Appropriate Clothing
I will admit it, I put on some jeans and tried to do some poses with jeans and socks on. Not my wisest moment. I was just being lazy. I quickly realized that my socks wouldn’t allow my feet to grip the mat and hold essential poses and my jeans would restrict movement on many asanas. So, I changed.
When it comes to yoga apparel, you’ll want to go barefoot. Wear stretchy yoga pants or shorts and a t-shirt. Otherwise, you’ll be very uncomfortable as you try to stretch your body to new limits in clothes that are tight and restrictive.
Tip #4: Join a Group
It is easier to quit your exercise routine when no one knows about it. Joining an online group or some friends for a workout will help you stick with it. Since the Coronavirus has shut down gyms, you may want to look into connecting with other beginning yogis on Facebook or Instagram. This is a great place to share your progress and make new friends who are discovering yoga!
Yoga is a great way to increase strength and flexibility. It also fits into the new governmental restrictions of avoiding social contact with others. It can be done at home, on your porch, or in your backyard. Yoga is great for beginners and can help to improve muscle imbalance that may arise from certain sports such as running or cycling.
Get started today! Check out this 20 minute Yoga for Beginners video that I used in my morning yoga practice. The teacher has a nice pacing and explains what to do well. It is ideal for people who have a tight schedule as 20 minutes is easy to fit into a morning or evening routine.
Check it out!