Yoga 101

Yoga 101: A Guide for Beginners!

Team Avazera is pleased to introduce our new expert guest blogger- Meera Watts. Meera Watts is a yoga enthusiast and the founder of Siddhi Yoga International School – a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. In today’s post, she will share her top tips for those starting out in yoga! 



Yoga can give you the stronger and healthier body you’re dreaming of. It can help you be a more relaxed and calm person.

As a yoga expert, I know that hearing those benefits make many beginners in yoga really excited. However, I also know things can get overwhelming when you’re just starting out yoga. That is why today I want to share the most important things you need to consider to begin your yoga journey. 

Yoga 101: A Handy Guide for Beginners


Different Yoga Types

If you’re planning on trying out yoga, you need to understand first what you’re getting yourself into. Do your research and understand the different types of yoga before you actually choose and attend a class. For example, if you are a beginner who prefers slower-moving routines, hatha yoga is your best option. If you want something more challenging, Ashtanga and other power yoga classes are great choices. After deciding what type of yoga to go for, pick a class and check out its schedule. If you have a 9-to-5 job, you need a class that can fit into your busy schedule!

Know the Basic Poses

Pose names can either be in English or Hindi. So, to avoid confusion, read about the most common poses first before you attend your class. This is to avoid confusion and to make sure that you can follow with the rest of the class. In addition to familiarizing yourself with the names, it’s also a good idea to actually look over some photos of the poses. This will give you an idea of what they look like and how you can perform them.

Prepare What You’ll Need

Some studios and gyms provide the basic equipment for yoga such as blankets, blocks, and bolsters. Others even offer to let students rent yoga mats. While that sounds convenient, it’s much better if you can bring your own mat. This is to make sure that you bring one that you’re comfortable with. In addition to yoga mats, it’s also important to pay close attention to what you’ll wear. Fashion is the least important element of yoga practice but the clothes and shoes you’ll wear are essential in creating proper forms. Make sure that you don’t wear something that’s too tight or too loose that they’ll give you a hard time when doing an inversion. As for footwear, yoga is ideally done barefoot. However, if you feel uncomfortable not wearing your shoes, try to invest in a good pair of yoga socks.

Know What to Expect

For most people, yoga is a personal practice. What’s considered comfortable for others might not be comfortable for you. The same applies to safety. What’s safe for one may not be as safe for the rest of the class. With that, know how to listen to your body. If you feel any discomfort or pain, don’t hesitate to pause or modify the pose to what’s comfortable for you. Don’t think twice about asking for the help of your instructor as they’re the best person in the class that can assist you. Also, don’t push yourself too hard. As a beginner, it’s normal for you to not be able to perform complicated poses like crows or handstands. Those poses require balance and strength which you’ll gain as you progress. If you struggle even with the basic poses, don’t feel embarrassed. Remember that even yoga teachers started out as students and they’ve probably gone through the same thing. The most important thing to do is be patient and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Be Committed!

No matter how expensive your gears are or how prepared you are in your first class, that won’t matter if you don’t commit to the practice. Be patient and continue practicing even if you don’t see immediate results. Also, make sure to follow the proper instructions. They are imposed for you to learn the practice and to make sure you get to experience every benefit yoga has to offer. 


Yoga is great for helping you to relax, stay healthy, and strong. So, don’t let the fear of starting out hold you back from learning yoga and achieving your health goals. I hope these tips will help you begin a successful yoga journey and turn it into an important part of your life.

Until next time,
Meera

 

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of SiddhiYoga.com, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali)
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