Determine the goals of your yoga practice.
Before you begin practicing yoga, it would be helpful to determine why you want to do the practice. Yoga can be a method of exercise, a way to reduce or cope with stress, or a path to spiritual fulfillment and peace.
Think about what components of your health you want to work on, such as strength, flexibility, stamina, anxiety or depression. You can write down your goals in your yoga practice. Update your goals often and add new ones to test your strength all the time. For example, your goals might be "practice more often" or "master Lolasana."
Know that there is no such thing as "good" or "right" yoga.
There are different styles and ways to practice yoga, and there will always be more experienced yogis than you. It is important to remember that yoga is not a competition or a traditional sport, but a personal practice of mindfulness, relaxation and physical enhancement that is meant to enrich your life and your body.
Anyone can practice yoga and benefit from it. Incorporate yoga into your routine, it will help improve your physical and mental health, even if you practice for 10 minutes a day.
It can take time to find a particular style or school of yoga that you like. Similarly, finding the right teacher for you and your goals will help you through trial and error.
Practice an open mind and a non-judgmental attitude. Instead of thinking, "I'm totally inflexible, I'm not going to make it in yoga," understand that "yoga is about flexibility of mind, not body."
Remember that yoga is not a competition. Everyone has different abilities, and the goal of yoga is to focus on yourself, not on what others are doing.
Gather the necessary equipment.
At a minimum, you will need a yoga mat. You can also purchase a yoga strap, yoga blocks, and also a large blanket or roller. These items will help you improve and deepen your yoga practice and make it more comfortable.
Look for a thick mat with a non-slip surface. If you are tight on funds, you can always use handy items like a blanket, towel, or pillows instead of buying a new mat.
The mat and other supplies are available at sporting goods stores, yoga studios, and online yoga stores.
Wear breathable, loose-fitting clothing. You need clothes that are comfortable and breathable. This will help you achieve a full range of motion and flexibility and eliminate the discomfort of clothes that are too tight.
You don't have to buy special clothes for yoga, just try to wear something comfortable and not too tight. Women can wear leggings, a tank top and a sports bra. Men can wear gym shorts and a regular T-shirt.
When you try more challenging poses, you can wear tighter pants and a T-shirt that won't fall down, distracting you from the process.
Find a comfortable place to practice.
If you decide to try yoga at home, find a comfortable and quiet place to explore your yoga practice before you sign up for a class. You should be sure to have plenty of space for movement and some privacy from the outside world.
You should have about a meter of free space on each side so that you don't run into a wall or some interior object.
The place where you practice should be quiet and peaceful so that no one disturbs your concentration. In addition, it is better to choose a comfortable place, for example, a cool and humid basement is probably not the best option.