Yoga is an extremely popular exercise class that continues to grow in popularity year in year out. Not only is it great for your core strength, but it is good for reducing stress, improving your flexibility and losing weight. In fact, it is said you can burn between 175 and 298 calories in one session. If you are new to yoga it can take some time to get used to it, but once you get the hang of things you can see a big improvement. Below are seven things to consider when trying to improve your yoga experience.
Get The Correct Clothing
When taking part in a yoga session, what type of clothing do you have? Having the correct clothing is very important as not only will this improve the comfort of your session but allow you to feel the part as well. Sometimes the right clothing is exactly what you need to motivate you to go to a session when you may not be feeling it. If you haven’t got any yet, maybe consider getting some sustainable workout clothes. Not only are these good for the environment but also extremely comfortable.
Do It With Friends
Having someone to come with you to a yoga session will not only help motivate you but can improve your overall experience. Things are always better when done with people you know as you can motivate each other and push each other to better yourselves. Why not see if you have any family members or friend who are interested in Yoga that could come to the next session with you? It might be that you both enjoy it so much that you practise together in your own homes.
Experiment With Different Types Of Yoga
If you are taking part in a certain type of yoga and finding yourself losing interest, then it might be that it’s not the right one for you. There are a whole variety of yoga styles out there for you to try, all perfect for different levels of ability. For example, you can try morning breathing exercises or go for complex poses with the help of an instructor. By trying a different session, you may recreate the enjoyment that you did have and want to continue practising instead of stopping it altogether. Practising with a different yoga teacher can also help as their ways of teaching may be different from your current yoga teacher.
Try to Improve Yourself
If you aren’t pushing yourself to get better at something, that is when it can become a little boring and you lose interest. It’s the same for yoga when taking part in sessions; try to continually improve yourself. By doing so you will find yourself getting more out of it and enjoying the session more due to the satisfaction that you can do something that you couldn’t the session before. Motivation is key to anything you do in life, by improving you will be more motivated to continue to practise which will improve your yoga experience altogether.
Buy A Great Yoga Mat
As with many things in life, you are only as good as the equipment you are using. When it comes to yoga, the mat you own can make a big difference. With a cheap mat, you may not have as much grip on it and slip more often than on a new one. On top of that, well-designed yoga mats have more foam and cushion built into them, making your experience that more enjoyable. Plus, if you are to buy a more expensive mat, it will motivate you to want to go to your yoga sessions in order to use it.
Inconsistency can be a big downfall for many people when taking part in yoga. By not regularly practising yoga, it can be hard to develop and improve your ability. The more time you can commit to doing yoga, the better you will become and the quicker you will see greater improvements in your technique. If you can try to practise at least three times a week to give your body enough time to adapt and build the strength the be more effective. There are many fitness apps that you can use to track your time. They will also give you notifications to remind you to go to a session if you haven’t been for a couple of days.
Attend Workshops and Events
When you have some spare time, why not book yourself into some yoga events or workshops. Not only will this allow you to meet like-minded people, but it will also allow you to experience yoga with a different teacher and maybe a whole different way of practising yoga. Throughout the year there are many different events dotted around the country that you can attend. As mentioned above why not take a friend with you and make a day of it? It’s something different to do and could lead to your friend practising yoga more often and joining you when you go.
Overall, from improving your equipment to getting your friends or family involved and taking part in a yoga session together, there are many ways to improve your yoga experience. One of our biggest tips is to try out a different type of yoga. As mentioned above, there are so many variations that there is always one for you.
If you are struggling for time, try to find ways around this like getting up early and fitting in an hours session before work. Alternatively, you could try and do some home classes instead of visiting a studio. There are so many ways in which you can get more involved with yoga and work it around your everyday life.
What types of yoga sessions do you take part in? Do you like to do yoga classes at home or with others? Have you been to any event or workshops that you could share with our readers? Let me know in the comment box below, I would love to hear from you.