We all make mistakes when we’re new to something. Of course, these “mistakes” are often the things that give us the feedback we need to learn something new. I’ve found this to be especially true in the practice of yoga! We fall down a million times before we learn how to stand on our heads.
Here are the biggest yoga mistakes that we see:
Not starting at the beginning – in a beginners class.
Too often beginners think, “I’m in good shape.” They don’t understand that being able to run 2 miles isn’t good yoga shape!
Doing too much too soon.
Many beginners don’t understand that they are learning something new. They will turn red and pull as hard as they can on a yoga strap instead of accepting where they are and doing what they can.
Don’t speak up or ask questions when they feel pain.
While it may be necessary, even honorable, at certain times and in certain places to suffer in silence, you’re asking for trouble if you ignore or grit your teeth with “bad” pain in a yoga class. Either tell the teacher what you’re experiencing and ask for an alternative position, or stop altogether and assume a rest position until the class is ready to move on.
Compare themselves to others and/or to what they used to be able to do.
Many actually make yoga into a competitive sport. All they need to do is be the strongest, stretch-iest, most balanced, best yoga you can be every single time! Comparing your yoga practice to others leads to . . .
Wishing for things to be different whether it’s their body, their poses, or what they want to be able to do.
Yoga isn’t about creating a perfect life for yourself, it’s about enjoying the life that you’re living right now. I try to encourage students to enjoy the yoga classes.
Giving up too soon.
Many new yoga students get so frustrated (usually due to unrealistic expectations) that they give up instead of sticking with it. It’s almost as if when instant success or accomplishment doesn’t come immediately, yoga “doesn’t work” for them.
What mistakes have you made in your yoga practice? And what did you learn from them?
We are here to help our beginning students. There are designated classes for beginners and we even have periodic workshops that address the needs of beginning yoga students. CLICK HERE to review our list of upcoming workshops.