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Overcoming Yoga Overwhelm: A Beginners Guide

April 16, 20242 min read

"Yoga does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees." - B.K.S. Iyengar

Feeling Overwhelmed? Break It Down

As a beginner, the world of yoga can feel overwhelming with so much information out there. But don't worry, we'll break it down into manageable pieces to help you start your practice.

Set Your Intentions What led you to yoga? What are your goals and hopes for your practice?

  • Stress relief?

  • Pain management?

  • Building strength?

  • Increasing endurance or flexibility?

It's okay if you're seeking a blend of benefits. Getting clear on your "why" will help guide your journey.

Yoga Practice

Find Your Space Next, decide where you want to practice:

  • At home?

  • In a studio?

  • At a gym?

  • Prefer small or large class sizes?

  • Private or group setting?

The space should inspire you and allow you to immerse yourself fully in the practice. If the environment doesn't feel right, it'll be harder to stay consistent.

Ask Questions.

There are many yoga styles, and each teacher/studio has their approach. Don't be afraid to ask questions to find the right fit:

  • Observe a class beforehand if possible.

  • Watch the instructor's videos online.

  • Read reviews.

  • Chat with current students.

If a class seems misaligned with what you're seeking (e.g., a "gentle" class that's too vigorous), trust your instincts and keep exploring until you find your yoga home.

Listen to Your Body.

Remember, this is your personal journey. If a class doesn't suit you, you have every right to excuse yourself.

Pay attention to:

  • If it's simply challenging or truly too much for your current abilities

  • Whether modifications and props are offered to meet you where you are

Growth happens when you feel supported yet properly challenged. If the pacing is frenetic, you may need to seek a slower, more beginner-friendly class.

Progress Over Perfection.

Starting anything new can feel daunting but celebrate taking this first transformative step. Approach your yoga practice knowing it's about progress, not perfection. Be patient, keep exploring, and know that the perfect class for you is out there!

What will you gain by committing to a regular yoga practice? Perhaps resilience, physical strength, mental clarity, or a sense of community. Define your "why," and let it motivate you through the inevitable ups and downs. This journey is yours - embrace it fully.

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Jules Shapiro

500 HRCertified Yoga Teacher & Business Coach for Health and Wellness Professionals

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