It takes practice and advice from the right teacher for you. If you keep doing things wrong, it can lead to injury and prevent you to progress further. You do have to start perfectly.
The goal is to improve while keeping yoga enjoyable. Even if you are an experienced yogi, you will benefit from watching out for these common yoga mistakes.
The Most Common Beginners Yoga Mistakes.
Following the wrong yoga teacher.
Try to find the right yoga teacher for you. Someone you enjoy practicing with and you can relate to. There are many different types of yoga and teachings styles. Try them out and find what suits you best.
Waiting to be flexible enough to practice.
Removing enjoyment from your practice.
You do not have to be perfect. Yoga teaches acceptance and compassion. Any serious yoga practice requires discipline and commitment, but not at the cost of joy. Make every moment enjoyable.
Forgetting to breathe deeply.
Deep breathing is essential for relaxation and asana practice. Holding your breath is a common yoga mistake to avoid. Focus on the breath while practicing. Inhale and exhale deeply through the nose.
Choosing the wrong equipment.
Ignoring how you feel.
Keep your attention on your body and listen to what it tells you. Self-awareness is required to make your practice your own, not push too hard and avoid injuries. Always do what feels right for you.
Doing too much too fast.
Yoga is a lifestyle. It is a journey to self-discovery. To achieve the most challenging exercises, you need years of practice. Progress at your own rhythm within your own limits. You will get there with patience.
Considering yoga as a form of exercise.
Yoga is so much more than just another physical workout. You will miss out on amazing benefits such as healing and enlightenment if you forget the true essence and spirit of yoga.
Practicing on a full stomach.
Yoga will make you feel uncomfortable if digestion is still going. You will lack the necessary energy and blow flow to practice if your stomach is still processing nutrients.
Comparing yourself to others.
Everybody is unique. You have your own abilities and limitations. Yoga is about yourself, a personal practice and introspection. Avoid frustration and losing motivation by focusing on you.
You do not have to start out perfectly with yoga. Keep these common yoga mistakes in mind to progress safely and make the most out of your yoga practice.
About the Author: Alex Assoune
Alex Assoune (MS) is a global health and environmental advocate. He founded Panaprium to inspire others with conscious living, ethical, and sustainable fashion. Alex has worked in many countries to address social and environmental issues. He speaks four languages and holds two Master of Science degrees in Engineering from SIGMA and IFPEN schools.