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3 Beginner Yoga Tips From a Yoga Teacher

Updated: Sep 24, 2022

Learn answers to the top three questions I get about how to start a yoga practice.

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I’ve been a student of yoga since 2008 and teaching it since 2011. These are the top three questions I get about yoga (and my answers). Learn more about my work as a yoga teacher, author and self-care advocate.

Q: Can I practice yoga if I’m not flexible?

A: Of course you can! That’s the point. We come to yoga not just to increase flexibility in our bodies but our minds, too. To become flexible, we need to practice. The more we practice, the more flexible we become.

Q: Can I be “good” at yoga?

A: Yoga is not a competition or a comparison of who can do it better. I often share with students that when we come to our mats, we leave our egos at the door. Our practice humbles us and calls us home to our innermost selves.

In a yoga practice, you don’t conform your body to meet the shape of an asana (pose). Instead, the pose conforms to meet you where you are today. Your Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) probably doesn’t look like your neighbor’s Triangle Pose, and that’s OK. In yoga, there is no need to compare. The emphasis is on feeling better and celebrating what our bodies and minds can do in this moment.

Q: Where do I start?

A: Begin exactly where you are because that is where your yoga practice will meet you. You can launch a yoga practice at any time. You don't have to wait for a perfect time to start, such as three months or three years from now. You can start now.

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