Have you seen a headstand? The first time I saw a headstand, I was in awe. I couldn’t figure out how one could balance all their body weight on their head and not break their neck.
My fascination with what seemed like the impossible made me fall in love with yoga. As I scrolled through the internet, I saw people of different races and body types exhibiting unbelievable levels of strength and flexibility. I wanted to be one of those people; I wanted to push my body beyond the boundaries of my own mind.
But I will be honest, starting the journey was daunting. Instagram bombarded me with pictures of yogis contorting in ways I never thought possible. Like many, I thought I had to be flexible before I could try any asanas, especially when attempting them in the absence of a yoga teacher. So, imagine the horror when my teacher suggested I start a personal yoga practice i.e. nearly killing myself attempting wheel pose.
Ok, maybe I am being a little dramatic. I didn’t die (yay me) but I found ways to cultivate a personal yoga practice that I will share with you. So here are four easy ways to create and grow a yoga practice:
- Create an oasis: Dedicate a space in your house that you will use practicing your asanas. The space does not have to be elaborate or be void of any “non-yoga” items, but keep it clutter-free.
- Get Equipped: Get yourself a good yoga mat. The good ones can be pricey, but they are durable. When purchasing your mat keep two things in mind – thickness and grip. Also get yourself some comfortable clothing. You don’t have to empty your wallet for yoga gear; simply get something that allows you to move freely.
- Quality over quantity: The idea of doing a 60 minutes class everyday by myself scared me. On days when I felt I couldn’t manage a full hour of yoga, I did no yoga at all. Looking back, I should have started with 15 – 20 minutes of yoga daily. Any yoga is better than no yoga.
- Be kind: Be kind and patient with yourself. Yoga is not a competition, it is a journey. A journey that provides introspection, healing and growth.