Your life consists of thinking that you can’t do something, and by time and trials you either see that you conquered it or you see you were right.
When you start something, unconsciously you start to think that you just can’t do it, it’s impossible, it isn’t for you.
Once I started to run more, I thought that running is the only form of exercise that I will enjoy for a long time. I never even considered yoga, it looked dull and just not vigorous.
Because of running, I started to consider stretching, it does help your muscle to heal faster and you won’t have injuries, if you do your stretches consistently and correctly.
I started with 3-5 minutes of stretching after my runs, and I would feel great afterwards. One day, I typed on youtube “15 minutes of stretching” and I came across to a yoga routine. It was not anything crazy, but I felt great afterwards. Then I saw that people could stand on their heads, I started to google how to do it, learned few techniques and before I knew it, I was doing that.
Few tips for people who want to start yoga (or any exercise).
- Take pictures or keep a diary. I actually do both, that way I can see what I’m doing wrong or right. It will be the best motivation for yourself. You can share with other people and maybe inspire them 🙂 Trust me, you will get addicted to your own progress.
- Some people ask me how many hours should I stretch? Unless, you want to pursue yoga as your career, of course many hours. But if it is for your health, then start with 10 minutes of stretching, (just google a video and do it), maybe two or three times a week do it 30-45 minutes.
- Don’t concentrate on doing just one pose. If you want to have a flexible body overall, you need not only work on your splits, but also your back, arms. Some people only want to do splits or stand on their heads. It just doesn’t work that way. Your body is connected and once you start to pay attention to every single part, then you will see a real progress.
- Do your research. Every time you want to do a certain pose, google how yogis do it. Internet is the best tool to learn, use it for your benefit. Every single yogi has their unique way to do a pose, and you can try all of it, and then decide which one you like the most.
- Consistency. If you aren’t consistent, honestly you won’t see any real progress. This isn’t only about yoga, but in everything. Consistency is the key. If you stretch for a week and then stretch a year later, you will be the same stiff person. Again, even if you are super-duper lazy, just do simple stretching before your bed time, or while you are brushing your teeth. Whenever you can, wherever you can.
- Why you want to do this? In every situation you need to ask yourself. “Why?” If you aren’t sure why you are doing something, at some point you will give up.
- No excuses. I’m sure all of us can find 10 minutes to do something good for their bodies. I only do yoga at home. Though this might not work for everyone. If you don’t know from where to start, definitely sign up for a class and see how you like it. If you can’t make to a class, go home and stretch at home.
- You will fall, you might pull a muscle or two. I lost the count of how many times I fell on my back, or pulled a muscle. Just know it is ok, you will heal in no time. Remember “Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.”
- Patience. It is so true that patience is a virtue. Especially for people like me who are impatient and stubborn. I remember when I wanted to do the side splits in one day (!) I pulled my muscle and it took me a month to heal completely. You just can’t get up and decide that you want to do a handstand in one day and expect it to happen just like that. Unless you are an exception, then teach me master! Take your time, you have your whole life ahead of you.
- Remember how you feel after your yoga session. This is when your diary comes handy. You can go back and read that you felt amazing, happy, motivated. Every single positive thing you do for your body leaves you with great joy.
Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.- The Bhagavad Gita