As both a Texan and a runner, Summer is the hardest season to keep up with my fitness routine. It’s difficult to find a large window in the day that I can jog comfortably in, not stumble to the ground from double my weight in gross sweat. I want to enjoy exercise, otherwise it seems like a chore that I loathe doing and have no anticipation for.
Thankfully, there are so many options when it comes to bettering your body, whether it be high or low intensity. This Summer, I converted to Pilates and yoga, and the payoff is amazing. Both are great forms of physical activity that leave me refreshed and at peace. For yoga in particular, the feeling during and afterwards is beyond relaxing. If you are new to yoga or plan on starting, here are some tips that I have found useful in my own journey.
1. Start in your living room. All of my close girlfriends have been to Yoga classes, and one of my best friends now teaches! I was apprehensive to go to my first yoga class by myself without any prior knowledge. So I found some workouts on Netflix Instant and became familiar with poses and breathing. This also helps you get acclimated to the pace.
2. Go with a friend. My first class was taught by my friend, so I’m glad she was there to give me pointers and be supportive. Last week, I went to a more intense class with a close friend and during one impossible pose, we looked at each other in confusion and chuckled. It really puts you at ease with a buddy right by your side!
3. Do not be intimidated by instructors. They are not above you, and believe me, they don’t want you to think that! They are sharing good energy with you and are grateful that you are there to receive it. They may be amazing at what they do, but they also want to make you the next amazing yogi.
4. Wear light, breathable clothing. Don’t wear anything too tight or synthetic. I wore my polyester running pants to my first class and it wasn’t comfy. Wear stretchy cotton pants or shorts that you can move around in with any angle given. As for your top, I suggest not wearing sleeves because they feel restrictive at times. Try Forever 21 for some affordable activewear!
5. Don’t be self-conscious. If you’re doing a pose wrong, don’t worry! The studio is a judgment-free and the instructor is more than willing to help you.
Do you do yoga? Are you thinking of trying it?