Ready to quit on yoga? Here’s what you should know


While I agree yoga isn’t everybody’s cup of tea I have seen people give up on it way too early. When you begin it’s going to be tough and worse it’s going to be boring but that’s only until you find the right class and teacher and once that happens trust me you’ll be hooked. So if you’re confident and determined to incorporate yoga permanently into your life here’s what you should know about it.

It comes down to the teacher

While I always wanted yoga to be an integral part of my life but it actually only became after a year and 5 different classes later. Yes finding the right class and trainer is of topmost priority. It can make or break your training.

Every studio and teacher has their own style. Some do it while playing hip-hop music while some prefer it slow. Try 2-4 different styles before you finally make a choice.

It’s not always about sweating

When you think about exercise it usually comes down to how much you sweat isn’t it? While Vinyasa yoga is perfect for that the other slower forms are also equally effective. A good yoga routine is about maintaining a balance between different intensities.

Always begin with the slow stretches before taking it up a notch. This helps the body adjust to the high intensity better thus lowering injury risk and providing an efficient workout.

It isn’t just for women

A common misconception I have witnessed among most men especially the younger generation is that they believe yoga is meant only for women. Believe it or not yoga too requires tons of strength and grit for each of the stretches and poses. So irrespective of what your fitness goals are note that yoga is for everyone.

Adrian Hummell has been doing yoga for the past three years and now teaches Bikram yoga, a particularly strenuous form of the practice. Illustrates YOGA-MEN (category l), by Eric Niiler, special to The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, October 22, 2013. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Marvin Joseph.)

Eating meat isn’t wrong

Is it intimidating that you’re one the very few meat eaters at your studio or that you occasionally consume alcohol? Well guess what, as a yogi you’re not restricted for either. To benefit from yoga you need not turn your lifestyle upside down.

There are tons of yoga teachers that love to grab a glass of wine with some meat on a Friday night. Yoga is all about having fun and doing what suits you best.

Do it for yourself

In the end whether your plan is to hit the gym or a yoga studio your workout is only going to be effective if you do it for yourself. It’s not about impressing your peers or your teacher. Forget the comparisons. It always comes down to only you.

Listen to your body and avoid any move your body seems to reject. Have fun, keep smiling and in time you’ll feel more balanced not only physically but mentally and spiritually as well.


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