yoga

Namaste, twenty-somethings! Interested in starting your own yoga routine but have no idea how to go about it? No need to fear, the good folks at GenTwenty have got you covered!

Of course we all know that yoga has some amazing health benefits. For example, a regular yoga practice can boost your confidence, increase your sense of connection to your own body and the things around you (awareness), add some balance to your body, detox your body, and improve creativity! Sounds like an all-around winner to us! So how do you get started?

  • Do some reading. Before you hit the mat, do some reading about the different types of yoga that are out there. Choose a style that fits your personality and your fitness level.
  • Grab some tools. If nothing else, you’re going to want to get yourself a mat. They’re fairly inexpensive and come in tons of cool colors. Depending on the type of yoga you’re going to want to get into you may want to check out other tools like blocks, towels and belts.
  • Start small. Doing yoga for the first time can be intimidating. Don’t feel comfortable going to a class at first? There are tons of awesome websites and videos that you can do online that won’t cost you a thing. Look here for lots or articles and videos loaded with information to get you on your way.
  • For you brave souls out there, try a class. Bring a friend if you’d like. Try a few different classes before you settle on one. Find a teacher whose personality and teaching style are going to work for you. If you’re not quite ready for a full class, getting private instruction is an option, too.
  • Give it your best. Yoga can be mentally and physically challenging. Don’t be disappointed if you’re working toward getting a specific pose and it takes you a few weeks to get it. Just do the best that you can. Through yoga you’ll learn about your body’s strengths and limits. Remember: it’s important to be gentle with yourself while practicing yoga. Your practice is a personal thing that takes time to develop.
  • Meditate. It’s not uncommon to practice yoga in addition to meditation. Being that they have similar goals, take some time to add a little bit of meditation into your yoga practice. Surely you’ll only be increasing the benefits you’ll be reaping.
  • Make time. Like starting any other habit or routine, you’ll need to make time for your practice. Choose a time that works for you. Some early birds like to practice in the morning to help set the tone for their day. Those of you who may need something to help you relax and unwind at the end of the day might find it useful to do your practice later in the day or before bedtime to help with sleep. Either way, it’s your practice. Make it your own.
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Go on; get your crow pose on.

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