Your Yoga Journey - 3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Journey

Your Yoga Journey: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Journey

By Princess Cole

Everyone's yoga journey isn't the same. Sometimes, we aren't sure exactly what we want or need to learn on that journey. But it is specific to you. No one else's journey will be the same. "Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science, which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body." With that in mind, there are three questions you should ask yourself before getting started. 

1. Is Yoga Right For Me?

Yoga is for everyone. Yoga teaches you about yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses. It's for those who want to become more in in tune with themselves. For anyone who is dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, or anyone who simply wants to try a new venture. There are many different types of yoga to help meet your personal needs, and depending on what those needs are, it will help determine the kind of yoga that fits your lifestyle. 

  • Do you want to focus on mental health?
  • Is physical strength something you'd like to work on?
  • Do you prefer silence or music?
  • Would you prefer to practice in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings?
  • Are there any ailments that you need to fix? Back pain, neck pain, etc.
  • Do you want to work on getting to know how your body works?
  • Is anger an issue that you need to work on?

It might even be a great idea to contact a local studio for assistance if you aren't quite sure exactly what you want to do. Some offer free consultations. 

2. How Do I Maintain Practice?

Be consistent. We are all busy, and daily life can get in the way of giving ourselves free time. But if you really want to accomplish something, you will find the time to do it. Block out a specific time to practice. Maybe in the morning before you get ready for work. At night before you go to bed. Find a comfortable place in your home. Leave your mat out to motivate you to use it. If you put it away, it will be easy to say "maybe I'll pull it out tomorrow." Get creative, everything is yoga. You can even practice while brushing your teeth. As you brush, meditate or do a standing pose like tree pose, lord of the dance or even garland pose. Find an accountability partner, even if they can't physically be there. Have someone text you "hey, have you done your yoga today?" as a reminder. If you have children, practice with them and make it fun. Keep a journal to jot down and track what you've done so you can revisit them and see where you started. Practicing at home is free and convenient. 

3. Where do I start?

It's always best to join a yoga class a few times to get the feel of it. But sometimes, that's not an option, or you may not feel comfortable in a room full of people just yet. Thankfully, there are tons of videos on social media, including YouTube. Join yoga themed groups on Facebook, download a yoga apps and do as much research as you can. And figure out what style of yoga you like most and start off small. Practice for about 5-10 minutes at a time until you find your groove. Stick with an easy sequence that you can practice until you are ready to move on to the next. Practice the same poses daily until you get better at them and can see the changes you have made. And always keep this in mind, focus on your breathing.   

Remember, this journey is specific to you, to meet your needs. It's meant for you to find out who you are inside and out. There are no special requirements. You don't have to flexible and you don't have to be strong before you start. Practicing yoga will get to there. Your journey can be as long or as short as you need it to be. It's all up to you.