Here are some suggestions for beginners—tips that will nourish the joys of yoga for a lifetime.
- Keep a practice journal.
Use your notebook to make observations about the classes you are taking, too. Compile lists of postures—the ones you know and the ones that you are learning.
2. Become an “artist.”
Drawing stick figures is a great way to summarize information and remember the fine points about a posture. Highlight your drawing with arrows and important cues.
3. Make space in your home.
By practicing in the same place at home you create a groove in your mind—the memory of past days’ experiences makes it easier to begin today.
4. Define your practice.
Define the time you have available for practice, the technique you would like to focus on, and the balance among meditation, breathing, and asana practices.
5. Invest in a sticky mat.
If you have never tried a mat, borrow a friend’s so that you can feel the difference it makes in any of the spread-legged postures and in the downward-facing dog pose. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll probably want your own.