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The benefits of yoga are huge and let’s face it, everyone knows it but taking that step to actually practising it is a big one, especially for those of us who don’t necessarily believe they are flexible enough to start.

However, the benefits of yoga are huge, and if you’re starting to consider it, then you really should throw yourself into it. These days it’s encouraged by all manner of experts, from physical rehabilitation, to even the likes of drug addiction, to the extent where finding a drug rehab that doesn’t include yoga in a treatment plan is pretty rare.

That’s largely down to the impact it has on relieving stress, encouraging a clear and focused mind, and reducing anxiety, all vital in not just rehabilitation, but our everyday lives. But if you’re unsure about giving it a go, here are some expert tips for getting started, from yoga experts…

Get the right equipment

You don’t need to break the bank when it comes to yoga equipment, but there are a few pieces of kit that will make it a more pleasurable experience. A yoga mat is certainly your first port of call rather than practising on a cold, hard floor. The soft surface will provide you with the perfect base to kick-off from.

Comfortable clothes are also required that will allow you to move that little more freely.

Make it convenient for you

Have you ever joined a gym at the beginning of the year and found that just finding the time to go is a bit of a pain? Well, it’s the same with yoga. If you’re committing to going to a class 10 miles from home, it’s going to be much trickier to find the time than it is compared to doing it around the corner from work, or even at home. 

Make practising yoga convenient and suited to your life, so that means where you do it, how frequently you do it and for how long. 

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Don’t be afraid to go online

You don’t have to do a class that’s face to face. If the pandemic taught us one thing, it’s that there are some amazing yoga classes on YouTube these days. Yoga with Adriene is an excellent start point, offering relaxed classes that you can easily fit into your day.

There’s no pressure, just yourself, a screen and a comfortable environment for you to try yoga in. In fact, starting online can often be the catalyst to take the next step and join a local class.

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