I get a lot of questions about how to start yoga. I’ve been practicing for about a year and a half now and combined with my high intensity and weight workouts, I think it’s such a good balance of strength and flexibility.
I came to yoga for the physical practice, the challenge, and the sheer joy of trying something new. What I’ve gotten is all of that and so much more. I found a new place that takes grace and strength combined with breath and patience. It’s a practice rooted in love and respect and honor. It is about being where you are and moving forward where you are. It has grounded me in a way that I didn’t know would happen. It has opened my heart.
I owe some of that to a community of support as well.
As crazy as it sounds, I found a yoga community on instagram where people cheer each other on and really invest in each other’s practices, lives, and hearts. I’ve found friends that I hope to meet in real life and hug and handstand together. And then within my own community I’ve found teachers that are incredible, in their practice and in life. And then even more, I’ve found my own friend group grow to a depth that has become part of my center as I’ve started to teach out of my own home gym, sharing this bliss together.
All this said…
Do I think you’ll love it?
Do I think it will change your life?
Do I think it will be an easy transition into?
Yes. No. I don’t know. That’s up to you. That’s up to what you can give it, like all things. If not yoga, then I hope you can find some physical movement that fills your soul and makes you breathe and sigh and work and release and keep moving forward. There really are so many things you could do. I honestly only care that you find one. Find your bliss.
But in case you want some tips to start your own yoga journey, here’s a couple:
Keep in mind that there are as many styles of yoga as there are people and it’s always inspiring to see how someone else does something. However, it’s grounding to know that you can do it “right” by being you.
ONE O EIGHT
There are several places to look to begin yoga online. Starting with One O Eight. Try it free for 10 days and then it is only $14/month after. There is lots of instruction methods, class lengths, and teachers. I’ve personally met Rachel Brathen (find on instagram @yoga_girl), the founder of the company, when she came through Portland to teach. She is doing amazing things. I’ve also taken a class in real-life with teacher Stephanie Birch (find on instagram @stephynow) who holds a big spot in my heart.
Check out Kino Yoga’s (@kinoyoga) YouTube channel, I know people who have also started with Adriene Louise (@adrienelouise) and her YouTube channel. I’m slowly working on putting up some instruction videos on Carrot Bowl’s YouTube channel – currently tutorials for downward facing dog and crow pose.
You can look at plans on CodyApp (@codyapp) from many different instructors and fitness types. You buy a plan and have it for life to practice whenever you want. They are often laid out to practice over a month or more, practicing to really learn and grow in the practice and movement. I have several of these and the teachers have done such a good job.
I’ve had several people say they love practicing with Yoga Glow (@yogaglo) and the teachers online there. Free trial of 15 days and $18 a month after. I want to try Noah Maze‘s class knowing he is an instructor of Rocky Yoga (@yogawithrocky) who I did a workshop with recently.
I’ve heard @jessicaolie‘s “Let’s Start Yoga” e-book 1 & 2 are amazing. If you’re after more handstand practice, Steph of @casa_colibri has an e-book “The Beginners Guide to Handstand” sharing her instruction. If you want to strengthen your core, try Morgan’s @the_southern_yogi AB’ASANAS E-Book (and check out my interview of her!).
If you have a chance to attend classes in person, look for a groupon to a local studio, that really helped me. Before I delved into a home practice, seeing how to structure that practice came from time on my mat. You can get that from any of the above, but having a live person teach has been a gift for me. There’s always something you can find on groupon for a first time unlimited month…and try as many different classes and teachers as you can!
I hope this has been helpful and if you have any other insights to share, then I’d love to hear them! Most of all, I hope you feel powerful, important, and loved. Because you are. Because you are you. Sending you love!