If you’re just starting yoga or have simply gotten out of practice, it’s time to give yourself permission to let go. Let go of your fears and doubts, and then let go of your excuses. Doing yoga is a benefit to both your mind and your body, and you don’t have to fit into any societal mold to do it. Here are some tips, tools, and apps to get you back on the mat.
Carry a Hand Towel
It seems almost too simple to list, but it is worth a mention. Carry a yoga hand towel with you any time you are practicing. Even though yoga is a no-impact activity, if you do it right, you sweat. Unfortunately, sweat can burn your eyes and make it easier to slip when you are trying to support your body weight on your palms. These are both unnecessary distractions that can slow your progress and leave you with little more than frustration at the end of your yoga session.
Upgrade Your Phone
What could a smartphone possibly have to do with yoga? Well, thanks to yoga apps like Yoga Studio, unlimited data, and high-definition videos, a lot, especially when it comes to doing yoga at home. If you’re currently using a phone that’s more than a few years old, consider upgrading to a new one like the Apple iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro (or Android if that’s more your speed) and turn your phone into your own personal yoga teacher. Most major carriers offer both phone types and some will allow you to purchase a new phone on a payment plan or will offset some costs when you sign up for new service.
Make It a Travel Opportunity
National Geographic calls yoga “one of the most fulfilling ways to enjoy the solace of nature.” However, if you live in an area with few dedicated outdoor spaces, it may be time to pack up your gear and head to greener pastures. You don’t have to go overseas, and there are plenty of places right here in the United States where you can find inspiration. Use sites such as Chillwall to get personal recommendations on the hottest yoga happenings in your hometown, or plan a road trip and search up yoga events along the route. Check out Top 6 Yoga spots if you in Canada.
Get Back to Yoga Basics
Yoga, as with any physical movement, is learned in steps. You may have passed the Downward Dog or Tree Pose many moons ago, but if you have found yourself disillusioned with yoga, start over. There is no reason you cannot take a beginner class or watch videos meant for a novice. And don’t underestimate the human element — you never know when you are going to find a teacher that makes even the Seated Twist something to look forward to.
Enjoy a Good Stretch Before Class
Stretching has many benefits and, according to Wanderlust’s Bret Larkin, is more effective when you use yoga straps. Stretching not only warms the muscles but also gives you a chance to get mentally prepared. If you do not currently have yoga straps, visit your local sports store.
Make It a Family Affair
You do not have to do yoga alone. There is no reason that even the youngest members of your household can’t put on their stretchy pants and join you for a family yoga session. Talk to your child’s pediatrician if you are unsure of yoga is safe for them. If they have a disability, their physician may be able to offer insight on how to adapt poses.
Don’t let your favorite hour of the day become something you dread. Look for innovative ways to take your yoga practice to the next level. You might be surprised at the small steps you are overlooking that can have a big impact on your performance. Discover a free yoga event near me today.
By Sheila Johnson
Sheila Johnson was a success story in the corporate world, but her health was another story. She left the corporate world to start her own business, on her own schedule.She’s seen so much personal success with her health and wellness routine that she wanted to share it. By creating wellsheila.net, she hopes that sharing her story will help others too.