Monday, June 12, 2017

Three Mistakes Yoga Beginners Often Make

Since January 2016, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough has served as the staff supervisor for the St. Francis Animal Rescue of Venice, Florida. Outside of Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough’s work with the shelter, she practices yoga. 

There are a number of mistakes common to new students of yoga. Avoiding these mistakes will help you get the most out of your practice, both physically and mentally. 

1. Wearing Loose Clothing - Many beginners mistakenly assume loose clothing will hide their bodies, leaving less to the imagination than the tight clothes you often see in a yoga class. In actuality, the tight clothing does more to protect your modesty, as loose clothing is more likely to slip or fall off. 

2. Pushing Too Hard - Many beginners have the misconception that yoga will be a breeze, especially if they have a history of sports or strenuous exercise. While yoga may be simple, it is not always easy. Yoga stretches and works deep muscle tissue, requiring careful attention to avoid strain or injury. While it might be a good idea to push yourself to your limit on the basketball court, beginners may want to reconsider that approach on the yoga mat. Yoga is not a competition. 

3. Unhealthy Comparisons - Since yoga is not a competition, there is no point in comparing yourself to others, especially more experienced practitioners. Comparing yourself to an expert will likely leave you overwhelmed and intimidated, and may even lead to jealousy. If framed correctly, however, comparison can be healthy: instead of asking why you cannot do what they can, ask what it will take to get there, and use the experts as inspiration and motivation.

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