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5 Steps to Starting a Yoga Practice

Are you ready to take the plunge into yoga? You’re in luck! Yoga has been proven to have amazing benefits for both your body and mind, and it doesn’t require a lot of equipment or space. In this blog post, I will discuss five steps that will help you start your own yoga practice.


two women practicing yoga together, both in pink and white outfits and on black yoga mats, surrounded by pink flowers spread on the floor. They're in a yoga studio with a brick wall and hard wood floor, and there is a large window with a white curtain in the background.
Yoga is an amazing practice for both body & mind! Try it by yourself or do it with a friend!

Step One: Prepare Your Space.

Before getting into the nitty-gritty of yoga poses, it is important to have a quiet space where you can focus on your practice. This can be any room in your house that is free from distractions such as TVs and computers. Additionally, if you wish to play some music or set up candles or aromatherapy during your practice, go for it!


Step Two: Gather Your Supplies.

While a yoga mat is essential for most types of yoga, there are other pieces of equipment that may come in handy depending on the type of yoga you plan to do. For example, two yoga blocks, a yoga strap, and a bolster might be helpful when doing poses such as Low Lunge, Big Toe To Hand Pose or Childs Pose.


Step Three: Choose Your Flow.

There are many different types of yoga flows out there—from gentle restorative classes to invigorating power flows—so choose one that best suits your needs and goals. If you feel comfortable enough creating your own flow, then go ahead! Otherwise, there are plenty of online videos or virtual classes if needed. I run a virtual yoga studio that you can check out here:



blonde woman doing Wind Thing Pose in a pink Alo Yoga outfit, on a pink yoga mat. She's in a yoga studio with an exposed brick wall, and a dark hardwood floor.
You can practice with me in my Virtual Studio!

Step Four: Set A Schedule & Stick To It!

Consistency is key when it comes to starting a successful practice; try to aim for daily short flows instead of one long class per week. Doing short practices daily helps keep you in the habit and makes sure that momentum doesn’t slow down over time. Its also helpful in increasing flexibility, studies have shown that short daily practices are more effective than once per week longer ones!

Step Five: Show Up To Your Practice!

Last but certainly not least – show up to each session with presence, enthusiasm and dedication! As long as you stay consistent with your practice (and don’t forget about Step Four) then success isn’t far away! Plus, the more effort you put into each session the better results you will see.


two women mediating in a yoga studio. one is wearing a blue outfit and the other is wearing a mint green outfit.
Sometimes just showing up on your mat and taking a few deep breaths can be enough to shift your mood!

Getting started with yoga can seem overwhelming at first but by following these five steps – preparing your space, gathering supplies, choosing your flow, setting a schedule & sticking to it and showing up each day – success is just around the corner! With consistency comes progress so don't forget why started this journey in the first place – because it's good for both body AND mind – and let that be motivation enough to stay on track with achieving those goals! Happy practicing yogis!


xx

Elina

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