5 Yoga Tips For Beginners

Happy Monday! I know I haven’t been writing as often but things have been pretty hectic. But I will be trying to write more regularly this week.

Today I wanted to talk about yoga. Last week I went to yoga classes and I really want to try to keep going more often. I always prefer running or spinning to yoga but after I leave a yoga class I’m always thinking, “wow I really need to go more.”

I did have strength class last week with my sister and really loved it….and even learned how to do a variation of compass pose! I really didn’t think I was going to be able to do that at all.

My sister was kind of nervous to go to this class because she’s only done one or two yoga classes before. And that’s why I wanted to write this post. I wanted to give some insight to fellow newbie yogi’s since I am one as well. So here are a few tips and insight before you go to your first or one of your first few classes.

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Don’t Be Intimidated

It can be scary to go to a class thinking that you’ll be the only one who can’t do certain things or that you’ll be surrounded by super flexible people. And while you might be surrounded by super flexible people (like I am in my class) it’s totally OK. Yoga classes are so open and accepting and that’s why I really love them. No matter what your ability is, the instructor will help you and talk you through poses. My instructor was very hands-on and adjusting my feet making sure they were the right width apart along with showing me how to properly do exercises so I don’t get hurt. She also spoke with my sister and I after class about how to do certain things to aid our neck pain and wrist pain. Your yoga instructors should make you feel comfortable and excited to continue learning and practicing.

Be Ready To Sweat

While yoga might seem like this relaxing meditative thing (and obviously some classes can be), you should also be ready to sweat. We went through a flow in my strength yoga class that had me dripping in sweat all within just a few minutes. Make sure you bring water to your class along with a towel if you sweat a lot like I do. An extra towel on your yoga mat can also help with hand grip if your hands start sliding.

You Might Get Gassy

This might be a little TMI but gotta throw it out there. I asked Christine of Love, Live, Surf about this (she is a yoga instructor) and she assured me it’s totally normal. In yoga classes, since you’re doing a lot of twisting and inversions, you might start feeling a little bit gassy. And obviously that can be embarrassing. I really don’t have a solution to this but just know that it’s a possibility haha. Christine said that instructors really don’t think anything of it and my thorough Google searches confirms that. But obviously that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing!

Use Props

Props are there for a reason such as blocks blankets and straps. Don’t be afraid to use them. Those aren’t just for the more experienced yogi’s. Those props can help you get into poses and in better alignment during poses. For example, I still can’t do triangle pose, so I use a block so I’m able to get to where I can as opposed to forcing my body to stretch beyond its abilities.

You Can Always Go To Child’s Pose

Whenever you feel like you need a break or you’re not comfortable with a pose you can always go into child’s pose. Instructors encourage that and should remind you of that throughout the practice. I really love this because if I can’t do something or I’m just feeling tired, I will go into child’s pose for a few seconds to catch  my breath. Child’s pose is such a great restorative pose and something you should add to your regular routine as it is! I love doing it after runs.

I really do want to go to yoga classes more often and I need to make that commitment. I even ordered myself a Jade Yoga Mat! It’s a bit pricier than any yoga mat I have had but I love how grippy and cushioned it is.

So now I just need to actually make it to classes! My goal is 2 times a week. It’s just so hard balancing running, cycling, yoga and strength training. But I also know that if I am able to do all of these things now it will make me much stronger for when marathon training starts in July.

How do you balance multiple types of exercises during your half marathon or marathon training? Share your schedule with me please so I can get some ideas!

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  1. It’s so easy to be intimidated in a yoga class – but you just have to remember that all the super bendy people that can flow into seemingly impossible handstands have probably been doing this for years. Just listen to your body and do what you can :)
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  2. I love that you mentioned gas. I’ve heard a few toots in my classes haha
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  3. I don’t have a lot of experience with yoga, but last summer I had the opportunity to try a Yoga in the Pool class. I enjoyed it, and it was well suited for beginners, older people and anyone really. I liked it a lot! Who would’ve thought you can do it in a pool?
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  4. Good tips! I would also add to come a few minutes early so you can chat w the instructor and so they know you are new
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  5. I am an instructor and trust me–very little phases us in class. :)
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  6. I was so intimidated before my first ever yoga class, now I realize it’s no big deal. Everyone there is completely varying levels.
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  7. When you do yoga at home you can be as gassy as you want lol
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  8. I am trying to do my practice at home to incorporate it. I find it is beneficial to running but I just don’t have the extra time to dedicate to classes. Running 30-40 miles a week/1 cross train day/2-3 strength sessions leaves me not wanting to carve out a lot of time!
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  9. All great tips. Most importantly, remember that at some point everybody was a beginning, so there is no shame in being the “new” person in class.

  10. Great tips! I was always terrified to go to a yoga class, but once I got in there, I realized no one was paying any attention to me, and I could just go at my own pace.

    When I’m training, I try to run 3-4 mornings a week, as early as I can. Then I do some cross training two other days. If I can get in one more day of cross training, great!
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  11. I’ve FINALLY started to do more yoga — knock-on-wood — I found a studio near work I really like and try to get there one evening a week. I’m surprised at how much I enjoy it and look forward to it!
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  12. I’ve been doing yoga for about 20 years, and I still struggle with a lot of the poses. It’s a process. And more than once, I’ve heard the saying “check your ego at the door”. Do what you can.
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  13. I don’t do yoga often, but when I do, I totally rely on the props. They are a huge help when I’m too tight to get into a pose.
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  14. Love yoga! My schedule for this half I’m training for is run 4x, personal train 2x spin 1x, yoga 1x. On days of easy runs or drills are days I also strength train.
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  15. Child’s pose is always great to retreat to when a pose is to deep. Teehee! Love the tip about getting gassy as this can totally happen!
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