When I was in the beginning steps on my yoga journey, it wasn’t exactly a graceful, or easy, or even comfortable.
My wrists were killing me. My back was constantly sore.
I was ridiculously inflexible… And my body was a little jiggly!
I was discouraged. I was uncomfortable. I felt too big and too weak and too… so not yogi-material.
I don’t ever want you to feel like you have to force yourself to be the image of the perfect yogi. Cause there is no such thing as a perfect fucking yogi.
But there are some common yoga mistakes that might already be holding you back.
So let’s bust those fuckers out of your way so that you can build a kick-ass, peaceful, yogalicious home practice.
1 | Giving up after one class cause yoga is ‘just not for you’
Yoga is not for you, you hate it, it doesn’t give you anything back, you feel like you’re constantly wasting your time, and if one more person suggests you try yoga, they can just go fuck their namaste — okay.
I get it. Not everybody likes yoga.
But there are like… 50 million varieties of yoga.
A plethora of different teachers, and ways, and days.
Because some days you’re cranky and sore and even walking is a struggle. No wonder you think yoga sucks!
Give it another try on a day where you’re feeling like you can conquer fucking anything.
Here are some other solutions for you:
- If you think yoga was too boring and chill for you, try Vinyasa or Ashtanga.
- Not spiritual enough? Try Kundalini. Or Christian yoga! Yep, that’s a thing too.
- Maybe your yoga session was waaaaay too athletic for you? Try Hatha, Yin or Restorative yoga.
Try yoga with music. Without music! Yoga outdoors! Yoga with puppies!
If you still don’t like yoga after you’ve done it with a bunch of puppies then fine, I give up.
You hate yoga. It’s just not for you.
2 | Thinking it’s all about the pose
It’s not about the pose.
Yoga is not about the cool aerobics you see on social media.
Badass bitches in bikinis doing handstands and rolling around like pretzels on some paradise beach make me a little bit envious too, okay.
But you’re in for a world of disappointment, and possibly injury, if you obsess too much about the poses.
It takes time for your body to gain flexibility and strength — and when you do, when you finally hold that first Bakasana (The Crow Pose!) the wait will have been worth it.
Give your body time.
Focus on keeping your breath steady and finding that stillness and peace within.
Get your brain out of the pretzel before you try to get your body in it.
If you’ve really set your mind to conquering some amazing, challenging pose — alright, alright, I hear you.
Here’s what you can do:
- Pick a pose.
- Practice it gently and mindfully after your yoga practice when you’ve already been warmed up.
- Don’t push your beautiful body!!!!!! Let the pose go if it’s not the time for you to get there yet. None of that ‘no pain no gain’ bullshit in yoga, okay?
3 | Not giving your practice enough time to grow
You’re dealing with a shitty situation at home, or your health isn’t exactly stellar, or you just really need some help sleeping.
Everybody said that yoga would help — but you’re not really seeing any results. It’s nice, it’s fine, but it’s not really doing anything for you.
Give your body time.
Some people see the benefits of yoga in a day.
For some, it might take a little longer. Or a lot longer.
Trust the process, trust your body, trust the ancient magic behind the practice.
It hasn’t stuck around for thousands of years for nothing, you know.
Keep going for one more week. Then another. And another. Integrate it as a true part of your life and daily routine.
Give your body time.
It carried you all the way here. It deserves it.
Eliminate these yoga mistakes from your practice and conquer your home practice!
It’s wonderful that you’re on a mission to build a yoga practice. You go, cupcake!
But don’t rush into it thinking that yoga is going to fix all of your problems after a couple of classes.
Or that you’ll be doing deep backbends and handstands after the first week.
All that fancy stuff is just the frosting on the yoga cupcake, if you will.
You’ve gotta get through the cakey parts first. And they’re pretty delicious as well.
Here are more tips and free resources for beginner yogis:
- 23 Best FREE Yoga Videos For Complete Beginners
- The Essential Yoga Tips For Beginner Yogis
- The Best YouTube Yoga Teachers for Beginners
- The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Sanskrit + Yoga Vocabulary
If you haven’t yet started, check out this post if you want to know how to start yoga at home.
Do you have any other tips for our beginner yogis? Share yours down in the comments!
Hi, I’m Vivi! I’m a transformation mentor, writer, and yoga enthusiast. My life’s purpose is empowering spiritually curious women to be and do whatever the hell they want to. I’m here to share my journey and truth with you — unapologetically, with a touch of sarcasm and a lot of heart. I want to help you grow and follow your soul’s desire, not anybody else’s rules. I write weekly about personal growth and yoga on this blog. You can join the List to receive a weekly letter of inspiration and guidance!