Five Tips For Beginning Yoga
The private golf club memberships at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club include a robust lineup of fitness and wellness offerings. From a fully appointed sports club to fitness classes of all types, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, including yoga.
If you’ve never tried yoga, it can be a little intimidating and you might not know what to expect. So, we’ve touched base with our yoga instructor extraordinaire, Deb Condo, to bring you five things you should know about yoga.
1. You don’t have to be extremely flexible
Flexibility comes with practice and patience. If you need to bend your knees to touch your toes, that’s okay! If you feel you are struggling in a pose, your teacher can provide you with a modification. Just do the best you can and watch your strength and flexibility grow though the art of yoga.
2. Yoga is for everyone
If you have a body, you have a yoga body. People of all ages, shapes and sizes can enjoy the practice of yoga. Don’t be intimidated, just give it a try and keep an open mind. Your yoga class is a judgment free zone.
3. Yoga is a great way to tune into your body
Your body keeps score. It took years for your body to get to where it is today and we all have limitations (mental, physical, etc.). While practicing yoga, pay attention to how you are feeling and what your body is telling you. Back off if you feel pain. Don’t let your ego get in the way.
4. It’s best to practice on an empty stomach
If you need to eat prior to your session, keep it light. A banana or piece of wheat toast would be a good pre-yoga snack. Avoid caffeine and be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your class.
5. It’s not how you look, but how you feel
Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes. Some individuals like to wear tighter fitting workout clothes and other prefer looser gear. Whichever you choose, wear clothes that you can move freely in and that make you feel comfortable.
This is also true about how you practice yoga. It’s a deeply personal journey. Don’t worry if you can’t get the pose exactly right your first (or 10th) time! It’s about connecting with your body and doing something healthy for your mind, body and soul.
Looking for even more tips? Check out Deb’s blog – 10 things to know before taking your first yoga class.