So you want to start practicing yoga but have no idea where to start.
This post will be simple with the goal of helping you to start your yoga practice.
As you are reading this Blog right now, shows that your intention to begin is already there.
Gratulation for being ready to get a grooving Yogi.
Yoga is here to create a world that is a little bit easier.
To help our bodies feel a little bit lighter.
To make our reactions a little bit softer.
And to change this lifetime into the best it can possibly be.
Now you know the simple facts of practicing yoga, how do you actually start?
Below you find 4 steps to begin your yoga practice.
1. Find a teacher, local yoga studio or online yoga studio
I really recommend to start with a teacher to have someone explain, breakdown and adjust the postures. The motivation of a teacher or a studio helps to get on with your new routine and to gain yoga friends in your new world.
Do a google search or check out your neighborhood for teachers and studios.
Online YOGA Platforms:
Yogamehome - here you find my videos as well, only in german
Yogaglo - very international, in english
Yoga came into my life by a mini fitness studio next to my apartment. I used to teach there aerobic classes and stayed for the next lesson that was Yoga. About 15 years later, I'm still a enthusiastic yogi and teacher too.
Don't give up if a studio or teacher is not on the same vibe as you. It took me a while to find the right teacher and I found her online. And years to find the right studio.
It will be worth to go on.
2. Explore the different yoga styles and find yours
The whole yoga scene is splitted up into different yoga styles.
Here a little overview what classes or yoga directions you may find:
Don't be overwhelmed. Step by step start exploring what you need and what your body is asking for and I'm sure you will make the right choice and find your style.
3. Schedule and prepare time with yourself
If you want to be successful with anything in life you have to plan it.
In order to cook a good meal you need to buy the right ingredients,
Here some Ideas to start your yoga prep work.
The important point is here that you find consistency. So even if you step onto your mat once a week, that's perfect.
Of course you will feel a bigger change if you more commit to your practice but don't push yourself towards it.
The big Yoga Legend Sri Pattabi Jois said: "Built it slow and it will stay. Built it fast and it will go!"
4. Get started
I wanna motivate you after you have read these lines to get into action. Don't think about, just do it.
Create a checklist and work yourself through. I know that's a lot of information so do something good with it.
Enjoy the discovering of your new world. you only get to begin once completely new.
The magic of starting new is the best part of the process - so please soak it up.
By Julia Mander
Yes is an inner practice of acceptance.
We allow our thoughts and feelings to naturally arise and pass away.
The big challenge at these times is, can we bring a friendly attention to just how unfriendly we feel?
Can we see clearly what we are experiencing, and say Yes to the huge force of No? And if we can’t manage that, can we at least intend to be friendly?
In the language of the Buddha, the word for friendliness, metta, is also translated as lovingkindness. When we say a friendly Yes to our experience, we awaken the healing power of love. It is this response of the heart that moves us towards healing. In a very physical way, saying Yes helps to dissolve the feeling that “something is wrong,” and relax our deepest doubts and fears. It’s hard to overestimate the power of Yes—it is a medicine that uplifts and frees our spirit.
Practice to relax back and to respond by saying "yes" in a difficult situation. Discover your heart capacity while practicing. .-)
BY Julia Mander
Learning that a pause can be sometimes only
one breath away.
It's a mindful moment.
It's when we are taking our hands of the control.
A discontinuation of thinking, talking, walking, writing...
A silent moment is giving space.
Space for everything.
It's a moment of real attention.
In such a moment you experience a more pure dimension.
A state where you are real and where you don't have to play a role anymore.
During a moment of a pause, we get the choice in how we respond.
It's summertime. Take it easy and don't push yourself being perfect. Give you the chance for a pause - a honest moment per day, to breath deeply, and to feel the connection to your heart.
Try it for yourself!
Pausing mindfully when you transition from one activity to another, before you take a habitual action, or at any other moment in your day, will allow you to notice what’s really there. Learning to pause is a powerful tool that we can all use to bring greater awareness into our lives.
by Julia Mander
Sending courage today, for the believers and those who dream. For the ones who hide and those who seeking their truth. For the ones who were hurt and those who begin to heal.
May you have the courage to open, to trust and to follow your heart. Courage to accept your fear, so you can overcome it, finally.
Every journey is as individual as a fingerprint. However, some aspects of the process are similar for almost everyone, and some practices are helpful, such as finding your stillness through some form of daily practice. I offer you here some thoughts. Get inspired. Let yourself imagine a life characterized by happiness. What will it take for you to free yourself?
Learn to trust your intuition in order to distinguish true fear from false fear.
Identify what lies at the root of your false fear.
Write The Prescription for Courage for yourself.
Have the courage to let yourself be guided.
By Julia Mander
When we are at a point where we are insecure about how to move on, we can either hide or see it as a chance to grow. We're establishing to embrace change with a few mindful tools to walk on the path...
Transformation comes into our lives when we least expect it. We grow, we learn and we leave the old behind us and start new again. We try to figure out what brought us there? Was it painful? Mostly it begins when something stable in our lives is changing. Finally we face the questions: Who am I? What do I really want and How can I get there?
I began this year with all those questions. After having lived 3 years in the States my husband and I were asking us How we want to move on, with our lifes. We enjoyed and loved our independent life under the California sun far from family and old friends. But do we really want to stay forever and raise our kids here? More and more, I began to ask in my meditations for what is best for us. I asked for guidance, clarity and the strength to overcome uncertainty and fear.
Around two month later all of the answers, I had been searching for, were slowly coming themselves. It was like the grey, cloudy sky cleared up. It was a feeling of acceptance, ease and strength to move forward for what I truly wanted.
Suddenly there was no fear for the unknown anymore. All the ups and downs of emotions got stable and the deep trust being guided, filled me. Not ignoring my fear, but accepting it, to be part of my journey.
The essential part in that progress was listening to my body, developing trust in the universe and never stop aquiring what we, as family really want.
I don't know what tomorrow comes but what I do know is, I have the courage to overcome my fears. I know it is terrifying and it's easier to run away. But try keep moving forward to your truth and find out what your visions are. Don't limit yourself with your fears. Come out of your comfort zone, be brave and change your world.
3 MINDFUL WAYS TO EMBRACE CHANGE
Find your Seat and take for the beginning 1-2 minutes to come into stillness. Get out of your head and feel into your Body. Try to connect with your intuition and listen to your inner voice.
Start journaling. Write yourself a letter or get creative in mind mapping. Once you started your vision gets clearer.
COME OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Challenge yourself to build up self confidence and self trust. Positive Thinking and simple Mantras like "I believe in me - I'm strong" can deeply support you.. Be brave, embrace change and love yourself more.
By Julia Mander
t's time to listen, to begin, to renew and to change. Spring has this quality of renewal. After a dark winter, the earth warms, the pulse of life quickens, the nature wants to blossom and reaches for the sun.
Create sukha, what means "good space" - a state of happiness and health for an easeful transition to spring. Maybe it's time to detox, eat wholesome food. Perhaps it's time to practice asana and meditation. This is your chance to change your habits; remember you can always start and begin.
So, how can I begin?
The main question for a good start is: " What are my goals"?
Find out what you really, really want, how do you wanna live and what is most important in your life.
Is there a need for wholesome food - a healthy body - for more time for yourself - for Silence - for Love - for Growth?
As soon as you create your goal, you also have to make sacrifices in order to get it.
If I want e.g. establish a steady yoga practice in order to feel good in my body, I'm willing to cut time in front of my computer or cellphone. It's helpful to reflect on it, for knowing, if your false refuges might lead you in a wrong direction.
Daily remember what is important for you. It is in deed a practice of radical self care that brings you forward.
Around yourself with people that bring you forward and the system that supports you. When I'm e.g. enrolled in a yoga studio or class, I can connect with the community around me and start to built friendships that support me on my yoga path.
As you dive more deeply into your goals and visions, you may enjoy and see the love in the "good space" in you.
By Julia Mander
The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yui has the meaning to bind and is often interpreted as "union".
Patanajali an Indian sage brought the practice of Yoga into the Yoga Sutras about 2000 years ago. The sutras exists of 195 statements that is used as a philosophical guideline for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also describes eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asanas (postures), pranyama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawl of senses), dharana (concentration), dyana (meditation), samadhi (absorbtion).
While we as yogis discover these eight limbs, we start with adapting our behaviour in the world around us and then we focus inwardly to walk our path towards liberation.
Today most people who start to practice yoga are engaged in the third limb, the asana, which is a program of physical postures in order to gain physical strength and prerequisites required for long meditations.
After my last Intense Teacher Training a friend asked me over lunch, " Why do you do Yoga? So that you can do… all these fancy poses like headstand?"
More than 90% start to practice Yoga for flexibility, strength, health and stress relief.
So for many people, Yoga means to practice postures once, twice a week or even every day in order gaining better health and greater vitality.
Through practice over two thirds of yogis shift their perspective about why they do yoga.
Yoga offers continued growth and self awareness. It is a training of self-compassion, kindness and self reflection. The power of yoga is unleashed but only when we commit in yoga as part of life, 24 hours a day. It is a universal system that requires a mental and inner discipline.
The Truth is that the practice of yoga is not about changing your body, fancy poses or being perfect. If it were, it would be just like taking a gym class or go running.
Yoga goes beyond of all those things.
In our society we have an enormous pressure to conform. We live in a constant rush to meet others expectations.
So when People tell me they are not "flexible enough," I explain that yoga is not about being perfect in a pose or being "good enough."
It is more about accepting us who we are, letting go of judgment and blame and arrive in us, right here.
So why do I practice yoga?
The answer is really simple.
I want to be present in this moment, not only on my mat but to myself and the people around me.
by Julia Mander ·