What's one thing every beginning yogi should know?
You’ve practiced with them on YogaGlo. You’ve followed them on Facebook. You might even take their classes in person once in awhile if they travel to or live in your city. But how well do you know our YogaGlo teachers? We’ve created a new series, Ask a Yogi, so you can learn more about them by asking questions you’ve always wanted to ask.
From favorite poses and tips for beginners to deeper questions about how their practice has changed their worldview, our teachers will collectively answer a new question each week. If you have a question you’d like to “Ask a Yogi” let us know in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add your questions to the list. Today’s Ask a Yogi question is:
- Elena Brower: Be patient with yourself.
- Kathryn Budig: That everything is exactly where it should be. No panic, no rush, enjoy the ride.
- Jason Crandell: There’s no hurry and there’s nothing to prove. But there are countless things to learn about your body and mind that will, with absolutely no doubt, improve the quality of your life. I suppose that’s a couple things…
- Tiffany Cruikshank: Don’t fight it. Usually we are our own worst enemy and it’s definitely true in yoga as well. Clear your expectations & agendas and leave them at the door and you’ll be much better off. If you can approach each practice like an explorer you’re already a yoga master.
- Steven Espinosa: That all you have to do is the best you can. Now matter what people say yoga is hard! It gets easier over time but in the beginning it’s difficult and challenging. So I constantly try to remind newer students to give themselves lots and lots of credit just for showing up on their mat and doing the very best they can. To remind them they don’t have to “master” yoga immediately and to allow the process to take them on the journey.
- Marc Holzman: To all the beginners I have two things to say: “Don’t give up!” and “Be kind to yourself.” I’m speaking not only from a remembrance of my own initial experience with yoga but ANY experience in which we are placed in the vulnerable position of doing something for the first time. Generally speaking, a beginner’s body is weak, stiff, or lacks stamina. Additionally, it’s difficult for the mind to focus on several isolated actions at the same time. Understandably this can lead to frustration and throwing in the towel. But progress comes quickly! You can have an opening in just a few sessions. If you can hang on and just push through that initial threshold, you will get a taste of something truly divine. I couldn’t touch the floor in a forward bend with straight legs for a full year when I started. Trust me – if I can do it, so can you. I repeat: Don’t Give Up and Be Kind to Yourself
- Amy Ippoliti: Love yourself, accept yourself and figure out what you are good at so you can share that with the world.
- Tara Judelle: Your body is your mind. Everything you are doing is not just a physical practice but a mind practice.
- Dice lida-Klein: Every beginning yogi should know there is never just one way to do things, ESPECIALLY yoga. Find out what is right for you in the present moment and be open to new forms and new styles. What you love will possibly change, so be open to the change and the process of changing. All is good!
- Noah Mazé: Yoga is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. Yoga is the practice of knowing yourself. The practice will give you ‘feedback’ every day. Sometimes it will calm and comfort you, sometimes it will agitate you. You will see the things that you like about yourself, and the things that you don’t like. The practices are powerful, and if you commit to them, you will gain tremendous benefit. As my teacher says, ‘A little bit of yoga goes a long way. For a great deal of benefit, it is going to take some time.’ You will make great friends along the way, and surround yourself with people who are cultivating the best qualities of themselves and seeking to live from the vision of the heart.
- Kia Miller: Everything starts with the breath. First learn how to breath, then everything shall follow…
- Christina Sell: One thing? Wow. I want beginners to know so many things. The thing I tell all my beginners is to practice in a way today that makes you want to come back and try again tomorrow. That, and if something hurts, stop. And ask questions. (Okay, that is three things and I am nowhere near finished with my sermon for the beginner!) One more– stick with it. Yoga is an investment and a little, over a long period of time yields impressive dividends.
- Stephanie Snyder: I always say in my classes, if you are new the only requirement as you embark on this path is a good sense of humor.
- Jo Tastula: Start slowly. Enjoy being a beginner. Have FUN! Take beginner classes!! It’s important to invest your time in creating a strong foundation.
- Harshada Wagner: Take the yoga -whatever it is- like medicine, or like a prayer. Otherwise it becomes another achievement- another thing you know and can do. Or a mere exercise, or it becomes a competition, with others in the room, or with yourself. You don’t compete when you’re taking a healing treatment, you don’t compete when you’re in an intimate moment of prayer. There are plenty of ways to achieve and compete- and get exercise. Let yoga be something deeper for you.