You may have seen yoga on Instagram, heard about it from a friend, or read an article about its benefits, but what do you do after deciding you want to try it? This article is designed to give you a few options on where to begin.
YouTube is a fantastic, free resource for beginning your yoga practice. There are flows that focus on many different aspects of yoga. You’ll have to decide what you want to look for, but YouTube has a lot to offer. Two YouTube channels I particularly love are:
Yoga With Marti (Martina Sergi) Martina has a mix of short and longer flows; perfect to be pieced together to create a longer practice or just start small. She also just released a new beginner program.
Flow With Adee Adee’s videos are also great. I am a big fan of her older content, and she even has a 30 day beginner program. You’ll just have to scroll back a little to find it!
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Apps that lead you through yoga classes at home are typically cheaper than attending a yoga studio and afford the opportunity to have a more structured practice. Having a structured schedule may help with maintaining a consistent practice. A few of my favorite yoga apps are:
The Alo Moves App contains numerous programs, each with their own specific goals. For example, if you are beginning yoga as a way to calm an anxious mind, there is a series of classes designed to ground you. Same goes for attempting to achieve splits. This app costs $20 per month or $199 annually.
BAM Program in the SWEAT App
The BAM program is best for those who are working towards improving flexibility and strength. Since this app only provides one yoga program, it is ideal for those who aren’t entirely sure what kind of yoga they want to explore. This app costs $19.99 per month or $119.99 annually.
This app offers a beginner-to-advanced program that is wonderful for helping people begin their yoga journey. In addition to guided practices, this app also offers an online yoga coach you can ask about certain aspects of your practice for maximized guidance. This app costs $9.99 per month or $39.99 annually.
The last option for beginning your practice is a yoga studio. Studios typically offer a variety of classes throughout the week, allowing you ample opportunities to attend. Although yoga studios can seem intimidating, the community is an incredible way to connect with others on your journey. Yoga studios are normally more costly, but they offer the face-to-face interaction you can’t get online. This option is best for those who are in need of the most guidance because you get direct personalized instruction from a teacher.
However you choose to begin your yoga practice, remember consistency is the best way to see long-term benefits. Even if the beginning is difficult, keep at it!