Now that it’s 2014, many of us are probably starting to think about ways in which we can stick to our new year’s resolution of getting in better shape. One killer way to do it? Yoga.
Obviously, Yoga is super-accessible these days and can benefit people of all ages and body types, it can be extremely intimidating if you’ve never done it before. So in the spirit of new beginnings, we caught up with Jess Gronholm—an expert yogi and co-founder of Dirty Yoga Co., an online yoga workout program you can do anywhere—who offers 5 ways yoga newbies can be less intimidated.
1. Think of yoga as a tool.
Even if you don’t want to devote your life to becoming an accomplished yogi, you should know that yoga—even beginner level yoga—can enhance your life. For example, it’s a great source of flexibility for most men and a great way to gain strength for most women.
It restores flexibility for runners, cyclists, and anyone who performs a repetitive form of exercise that constantly contracts their muscles. It can also help virtually every athlete, from basketball players to skiers to perform better and longer.
2. Don’t stay a beginner any longer than you have to.
When I used to teach a beginner’s yoga class, there were people who attended it for years. Where else in your life would you be prepared to stay a beginner that long? If you’re fit, active and physically competent, you should be able to practice at an open or intermediate level once you’re confident you know the basic poses. (MORE)