For me personally, yoga is not a sport or fitness. It’s much more than that. A philosophy of life that adapts to me and my needs. Yoga strengthens my body and mind. Yoga helps me to feel good after my running sessions and reduces my muscle soreness. Yoga lets me start the day balanced and smiling and find my inner peace when things get hectic again. Since I have been practicing yoga, I have been perceiving my body more intensively and my back muscles regularly thank me with less pain in the lumbar region.
How I started Yoga
Just do it. Without thinking much about whether I could do something wrong, I downloaded an app (YogaStudio) on my mobile phone and started practicing yoga. Every morning for 10-15 minutes. I ordered books and attended various yoga classes to get tips. Anyone who can breathe can practice yoga. Yoga is not about the best pose, not about the “even higher” and “even more headstands”. It’s more about you and your body feeling comfortable. And you only learn that with patience and time. During my first yoga sessions I found it difficult to concentrate on breathing (breathing is important, if not the most important point in yoga). I’m still having a hard time. The important thing is not to put yourself under pressure. Because that’s exactly what you want to minimize through yoga. In a nutshell:
- I downloaded an app onto my mobile phone and practiced 10-15 minutes of yoga every day. There are also some online programs, so check fitness reviews that can help you get started with yoga.
- I ordered a yoga mat, a yoga bag, and a yoga block so that nothing would stand in the way of my yoga units.
- I bought two yoga books and read through which exercises there are and how they affect body and soul.
- I now take 15-30 minutes every morning and start the day with a yoga session.
- I didn’t put myself under pressure and therefore didn’t work hard on being able to stand on my head or dislocate my leg optimally. I just wanted to feel what yoga was doing to me. There is no right and wrong. Everyone feels and lives yoga in their own way.
How my yoga burn session is structured
I have been told that there are no binding rules for what a yoga unit should look like. With Yoga I want to get my circulation going, stretch muscles, release blockages and “refresh” myself physically and mentally. I always start with a short meditation (either a breathing meditation or just sitting still and relaxed). Then comes the asana part. In this part, I practice the body exercises in harmony with breathing. The main aim is to strengthen the spine. Finally comes the Savasana part. The deep relaxation where I have fallen asleep one or the other time.
Here are some additional tips
1. look forward to the time with you!
Try to see your yoga practice as a gift to you, as a mini-retreat from everyday life – not as a point to tick off on your daily to-do list.
2. Be free of expectations!
An expectation quickly leads to disappointment. Yogis call it dhukha, suffering. And this is to be avoided by Yoga. I went to yoga classes to see different yoga styles, having no expectations of them. People who are free of expectations are satisfied with what is possible. Yogis say it creates immeasurable happiness.
3. Be patient!
A saying goes, “The grass doesn’t grow any faster when you pull it.” Those who respect their current abilities also practice in the sense of Ahimsa, non-violence, a very important principle on the yoga path. Besides, no master has fallen from heaven yet. They’re taking care of themselves.
4 Yoga is a work in – not a workout!
Attempt to be free of competition, performance or weight loss thoughts on the mat. Your yoga practice should help you to calm down and get to know yourself better. Mobility and a more muscular body are a nice side effect, but never the primary goal.
6. how to tell that you are practicing yoga correctly
The yoga sutra, one of the most important yoga scriptures, says: The posture must be stable and light, the breath must flow calmly and evenly, and the mind must be aligned. If one of the three criteria does not apply, you are either over- or under challenged. This is something I first learned from a yoga DVD.
7. practice and everything is coming
“Practice, the rest will come by itself,” said Patthabi Jois, the “inventor” of Ashtanga Yoga. What he meant by that: Practice – not result-oriented! That is practice for the joy of practicing, not to have to achieve something with it. If you succeed, then you will be richly rewarded. By the way, this is also called karma yoga, expectation-free action.
How I dress for yoga
Comfortable. I put on what I like and what I feel comfortable with. On the internet, I see again and again pictures of women wearing long trousers and a bra. Personally, I love these outfits on the beach. At home, I like to put on wide trousers and a wide top.
How I Found the Right Yoga Burn Teacher
You have to try it. And just don’t give up after the first time. I did yoga only once and what just wasn’t the right yoga teacher for me. Each teacher has his own style and you have to find out which style suits you best. Find a teacher who inspires you and gives you a good feeling.
Where I practice Yoga
Everywhere. Yoga can actually be practiced everywhere. I personally make sure that I practice yoga on a firm and level surface. On the beach, I am attracted by the sound of the sea, but often I am annoyed by the sandy underground. Especially at the beginning, you should choose a place where you feel comfortable when practicing. A place where you can switch off and not have to think about the dirty laundry and the finished dishwasher.