Hi guys .
Welcome to my channel .
My name is Cassandra and today I'm joined by Brett .
Brett has a yoga youtube channel .
You can find her by looking up Brett Larkin Yoga .
So today I'm kind of switching things up a little bit and I just wanted to get a little bit more candid and talk to you guys .
So it's January and whenever we get into that month , um there's kind of an energy in the air about wanting to start new routines and then change your lifestyle a little bit and we can put a little bit of pressure on ourselves and we kinda , you know , we get all crazy with our resolutions because we want to get healthier , which is a really wonderful thing to want .
And yoga seems like a natural fit for that .
As a yoga beginner .
When you're trying to start yoga , it can be really overwhelming .
They're intimidating .
Yeah , intimidating .
There are so many different kinds of yoga classes and yoga styles .
And do you want to practice in a studio ?
Do you want to do it at home ?
How are you supposed to practice at home ?
It can be really overwhelming and it can deter people from starting or even maintain meaning a yoga practice .
So I have kind of combined my five tips that I would like to share with you on how to start a yoga practice in a way that's sustainable and realistic also and easy .
We want to keep it really easy and simple .
And Brett as an amazing yoga teacher and Yogi herself or Yogi herself is gonna offer up her advice as well .
So , first and foremost , I think when you're just starting off , number one tip , use the internet .
We are in the amazing era of the internet and you have so many free yoga resources right at your fingertips , like my channel and Bret .
So instead of going , you know , to classes and studios or shelling out a bunch of money to try something that you don't even really know if you're going to enjoy or not go online and just type yoga and see what comes up .
So internet by far is the biggest and best resource you will have at your disposal , especially if you're just intimidated to go to a class , you feel like you won't be able to follow along , just do some classes at home first and then you'll just get a sense of what the poses are , what the names are .
When you actually hit the studio , you'll feel so much more comfortable .
I have to say that's the number one feedback or message that people send me like viewers like yourself will sometimes write to me and say , thank you .
I was too scared to go to a yoga class for , you know , XYZ .
And you just didn't feel comfortable going to a studio because they're new to the practice and they were able to start and maintain a , maintain a yoga practice by just using free resources online .
Why not ?
So yeah , why not ?
So that's definitely my first piece of advice .
Second piece of advice if you want to start a yoga practice is you need to get some gear but use stuff you already have .
So , you know , yoga mats , yoga clothing blocks , straps , bolsters wheels .
It can all get a little too much and a little pricey , to be honest .
So if you're not really sure if yoga is gonna be right for you , I always recommend that people use what they have .
Don't go out , go out and buy a bunch of clothes , wear something that's loose and comfortable that you can just move in .
When I practice at home , I practice in my pajamas .
So , uh you know , free , you don't need to go out and buy a bunch of fancy stuff and even when it comes to actual gear .
So the first yoga mat I ever bought was a $5 mat and I used it for three years .
It was my all time favorite yoga .
Yeah , mine was a $12 mat .
It went to India with me two times and I still have it and won't even get rid off for sentimental reasons .
So I had to get rid of it cause like it had like streaks on it and then I tried to wash it and it just made it way worse .
The bottom line is , you know , you don't need expensive stuff to get started .
Just start .
You don't .
And um , props really are useful like blocks and straps and stuff , especially if you know that you're inflexible and you want that extra little help , but you can use stuff that you already have at home .
So if you don't own a strap , I like to use a belt .
It does almost the same thing and pretty much everyone has a belt at home .
And for a block , a really thick book , like a dictionary works wonders for a bolster .
Just grab some cushions and some pillows , like get , get creative .
You really don't need to be spending a bunch of money , spend money when you know that this is something you're gonna want to invest .
And that's another thing I tell people before you buy the expensive mat or buy the nice blocks or strap , try them out in the studio .
First , most studios have like brands of props .
So if you see a brand that you like , note that down and then you know , you're getting something you already like .
Yeah , absolutely .
All right .
So tip number three and this was key for me when I was starting my own yoga practice variety is the most important .
So , we've already kind of talked about this .
There are like ton of different styles of yoga out there .
Kundalini Power , Yin , restorative prenatal uh power .
I'm dizzy .
I'm dizzy .
Yeah , exactly .
So , I mean , me being pretty experienced , I love that .
There's a lot of variety because it means I have lots of stuff to play with .
But when you're new , you go to a class and you're like , oh my God , I don't know what any of these mean and it kind of , it , it can turn you off , it can really turn you off the practice of yoga .
So when you're new my challenge to you and this is exactly what I did .
When I was first starting off , I picked five styles and I tried all of them .
So my favorite ones like ha flow yin , restorative and power , I think , give you a well rounded overview of what yoga is like .
So you can do , you know , restorative or a yin .
If you're looking for something that's a little bit easier to just mellow out and gain flexibility .
If you're looking for , you know , to get a little lean and get a little stronger , you can go for viata flow and power whereas will be a little bit more of a well rounded practice .
But the mistake I see people make is that they'll go to one class in one specific style .
Not like it and then quit yoga .
That's it .
Yoga is not for them .
They hate yoga .
And a tip here for those of you who are on a budget is most studios have intro specials for new students .
So you should go to every studio that's remotely near you and do the intro special because it's really inexpensive and you'll be able to try a bunch of different styles on the cheap .
Yeah , absolutely .
So that's my challenge to you .
Pick a couple of styles and go out and try them until you find something that you like to connect with you to try a lot before you find the right .
So you fall in love and you might fall in love with a couple of different styles .
That's fine too .
Um OK , for a tip .
And this is really , really , really important , especially in our age of social media .
Keep it simple .
Don't worry about what everyone else is doing .
It's really easy to go online and see everyone doing like handstands and crazy arm balances and post is that you look at and it turns you off because you think , oh , if that's yoga , there's no way I'm gonna be able to do yoga .
But really , there is such a wide scope and a wide range of practices that come with yoga .
It doesn't all have to be crazy poses .
It can be meditation and breathing exercises and just really simple .
Postures that you'll find in a beginner class .
Don't get caught up in the stigma of being a beginner .
Being a beginner is amazing .
It's such a wonderful opportunity to grow and you could really only go up from there , so go to the beginner yoga classes and enjoy them .
Don't worry about all the fancy other stuff that people are doing .
Focus on how you feel .
I agree to see if you can put blinders on .
Even I get intimidated by half the stuff I see on Instagram .
I can't do any of it , that stuff and instead of beating myself up , I just stay focused on my practice and what works for me .
So you guys should do the same thing .
The great thing about yoga is that it's different from other kinds of sports and physical activity that tend to focus on the outcome .
So , how good am I at something ?
Yoga is a lot different .
It will focus on how do I feel when I'm doing something ?
So it doesn't really matter what you look like .
Even though , you know , on social media , we might enjoy the images .
It doesn't matter if you're able to do it if you don't feel good while you're doing it .
So keep it simple and you should be fine .
All right .
Last tip when you're ready , you know , you've gone online , you've tried some classes by yourself at home .
I'm just gonna put it out there .
Go and take a class .
I know taking a class can be really intimidating and sometimes you just feel like you don't really belong , you go to a class and everyone looks so bendy and so , you know , strong and advanced and my best tip .
And that's what I did also at first is I brought a buddy .
I didn't want to go alone and know no one .
So I brought a friend and we went to a beginner class and that's how it all started .
Yeah , another tip I'd throw in there is tell the teacher you're new and introduce yourself and tell the teacher that you want hands on adjustments because a lot of times teachers , if they don't know you , they'll be a little tentative until they see you in class a couple of times to adjust you .
But if you're comfortable being touched and you really want attention from the teacher , feel free to tell them that at the beginning of class because we , as teachers , I mean , we don't know how much attention each person gets and what they're comfortable with .
So if you go up to the teacher and say , hey , I'm a beginner , I'm really trying to get better .
I don't get to teach or I don't get to practice in person that much .
Will you give me some hands on adjustments ?
Teachers are usually really open to that .
I found it really hard to follow along the first time or the first couple of times , I took a yoga class , I had come from the world of dance where everything is very much laid out , you know , every single alignment cue is perfectly outlined and detailed .
And then I got to yoga and yoga is very much about how you feel and how you're breathing .
So I had a hard time following which meant I was looking at everyone else in the class , which was good because I was able to follow along .
But then I fell into that trap where I was comparing myself .
So just squeeze that out the door .
You know , you're , you're not , you're not here to look at everyone else .
You can look at them for guidance .
But really this is about you , this is about you doing something positive and healthy for your own well-being and that is so important and so beautiful .
So don't let other people muddy that for you and destroy it , right ?
Anything else you'd like to add other tips that I haven't covered ?
No , I think this is good guys .
If you like this video , you should definitely give it a thumbs up .
I think Cassandra put together some really good tips and thanks for inviting me to chime in .
Oh , you're welcome .
Thanks for letting me film in your studio .
I'm lucky enough to be visiting San Francisco right now .
So I linked up with t to film all these classes .
But um if there is something that I have uncovered that you as a beginner would like to know .
Just leave me a comment down below and I'll do my best to answer your questions and help you out .
I'm also going to be developing some more beginner friendly yoga classes on my channel .
Although I do have a lot already .
So if you wanna take tip number one and use the internet to your advantage , you can look at mine and breath beginner yoga class .
Yeah , a lot of good stuff out there .
All right , I guess we're gonna wrap it up .
Thank you guys so much for tuning in .
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