Youâ€™ve practiced with them on YogaGlo. Youâ€™ve followed them on Facebook. You might even take their classes in person once in awhile if they travel to or live in your city. But how well do you know our YogaGlo teachers? Weâ€™ve created a new series, Ask a Yogi, so you can learn more about them by asking questions youâ€™ve always wanted to ask.
From favorite poses and tips for beginners to deeper questions about how their practice has changed their worldview, our teachers will collectively answer a new question each week. If you have a question youâ€™d like to â€śAsk a Yogiâ€ť let us know in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and weâ€™ll add your questions to the list. Todayâ€™s Ask a Yogi question is:
Kathryn Budig: That everything is exactly where it should be. No panic, no rush, enjoy the ride.
Jason Crandell: Thereâ€™s no hurry and thereâ€™s nothing to prove. But there are countless things to learn about your body and mind that will, with absolutely no doubt, improve the quality of your life. I suppose thatâ€™s a couple thingsâ€¦
Tiffany Cruikshank: Don’t fight it. Usually we are our own worst enemy and it’s definitely true in yoga as well. Clear your expectations & agendas and leave them at the door and you’ll be much better off. If you can approach each practice like an explorer you’re already a yoga master.
Steven Espinosa: That all you have to do is the best you can. Now matter what people say yoga is hard! It gets easier over time but in the beginning it’s difficult and challenging. So I constantly try to remind newer students to give themselves lots and lots of credit just for showing up on their mat and doing the very best they can. To remind them they don’t have to “master” yoga immediately and to allow the process to take them on the journey.
Marc Holzman: To all the beginners I have two things to say: â€śDonâ€™t give up!â€ť and â€śBe kind to yourself.â€ť Iâ€™m speaking not only from a remembrance of my own initial experience with yoga but ANY experience in which we are placed in the vulnerable position of doing something for the first time. Generally speaking, a beginnerâ€™s body is weak, stiff, or lacks stamina. Additionally, itâ€™s difficult for the mind to focus on several isolated actions at the same time. Understandably this can lead to frustration and throwing in the towel. But progress comes quickly! You can have an opening in just a few sessions. If you can hang on and just push through that initial threshold, you will get a taste of something truly divine. IÂ couldnâ€™t touch the floor in a forward bend with straight legs for a full year when I started. Trust me – if I can do it, so can you.Â I repeat:Â Donâ€™t Give Up andÂ Be Kind to Yourself
Amy Ippoliti: Love yourself, accept yourself and figure out what you are good at so you can share that with the world.
Tara Judelle: Your body is your mind. Everything you are doing is not just a physical practice but a mind practice.
Dice lida-Klein: Every beginning yogi should know there is never just one way to do things, ESPECIALLY yoga. Find out what is right for you in the present moment and be open to new forms and new styles. What you love will possibly change, so be open to the change and the process of changing. All is good!
Kia Miller:Â Everything starts with the breath. First learn how to breath, then everything shall follow…
Christina Sell: One thing? Wow. I want beginners to know so many things. The thing I tell all my beginners is to practice in a way today that makes you want to come back and try again tomorrow. That, and if something hurts, stop. And ask questions. (Okay, that is three things and I am nowhere near finished with my sermon for the beginner!) One more– stick with it. Yoga is an investment and a little, over a long period of time yields impressive dividends.
Stephanie Snyder: I alwaysÂ say in my classes, if you are new the only requirement as you embark on this path is a good sense of humor.
Jo Tastula: Start slowly. Enjoy being a beginner. Have FUN! Take beginner classes!! It’s important to invest your time in creating a strong foundation.
Harshada Wagner: Take the yoga -whatever it is- like medicine, or like a prayer. Otherwise it becomes another achievement- another thing you know and can do. Or a mere exercise, or it becomes a competition, with others in the room, or with yourself. You don’t compete when you’re taking a healing treatment, you don’t compete when you’re in an intimate moment of prayer. There are plenty of ways to achieve and compete- and get exercise. Let yoga be something deeper for you.
2 responses to “What’s one thing every beginning yogi should know?”
I love this! And I am a beginner, by the way I have a question: How should I do to get support to practice the other limbs of ashtanga (like the Yamas, Niyamas, Pratyahara and Dharana, Samadhi)? I get confused and focus mainly in the asana, pranayama and meditation practice :s