9 Tips for Beginners

Welcome to the yoga community! I hope you’ll find your journey into the exploration of yoga to be long and rewarding, but just like any journey, it’s helpful to know a little bit about where you’re going and what you need to bring with you. If you're new to yoga, here are a few suggestions to help you get started.

  1. Set an intention. In yoga, we refer to this as Sankalpa. I often invite my class to set an intention at the beginning of each class. Ideally, your intention will be more than a “should” statement. Is there anything holding you back (physically or emotionally) that you think could be alleviated by yoga?

  2. Look for a class that aligns with your intention. You may have to try a few different classes before you find the one that’s right for you.

  3. Commit. Find a class and show up.

  4. Don’t eat (much) 1-2 hours before class.

  5. Arrive early, if possible. Whether in person or virtual, give yourself time to get oriented, set up, and meet the instructor.

  6. Don’t compare yourself to others. If something feels uncomfortable, give yourself permission not to do it. Listen to your body and never push yourself to do anything that feels wrong for you.

  7. Don’t worry about getting all the poses “right.” You will slowly build strength, flexibility, and endurance over time. Fundamentally, yoga is a journey of self-exploration, so focus on how the poses feel.

  8. Props are your friends. They can extend your reach and help to stabilize or deepen a pose. They’re not just for newbies!

  9. Try, try again. If you don’t like your first yoga class, try a different one. There are different styles of yoga and so many individual teaching styles, there’s something for everyone.