2. You don't need fancy equipment. Would I love a $100 Manduka mat? You betcha! Does my $20 Gaiam mat get the job done? It sure does. It's nice and grippy, I don't slip around if I get sweaty, it does everything I need it to do. Pro tip- you can get obscenely cheap LuluLemon clothes on Ebay, just beware of fakes.
3. Classes aren't so scary. Beginners end up attending pretty much every level of class, even the advanced ones, so you will not be alone. Most people are so focused on their breath and movement that they aren't looking around much, so there is no reason to feel self conscious. Sometimes people fart, sometimes people cry. All totally normal and no one will blink an eye.
4. Focus on your alignment. One of my yoga teachers really emphasized a focus on the breath. For me, I felt like this caused me to hold my breath while getting into certain poses. When I turned my focus to my body alignment and let myself breathe naturally, my practice improved.
5. It's okay to spend your entire home practice in Savasana. Sometimes it takes major effort just to get on the mat. Sometimes I'm so emotionally exhausted that I can barely get through a sun salutation before I decide it sounds better to lay in corpse pose for a while. Taking the effort to consciously relax your body for 5-20 minutes can totally recharge your mind and body.
If you practice yoga, what are some tips you would give newbies? I'd love to hear them!
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