1. I think finding a yoga type that you like is the most important. For me that made the biggest difference. I found Iyengar and absolutely LOVED it. An hour class flew by for me.

    That and start slow – I would do 20 minutes until you find one that grabs you and then from there you can build up :)

  2. Miranda

    Speaking of your qualifications and how you didn’t really like school psychology – does your degree allow you to practice other types of psychology? Cause I was just thinking we use clinical psychs in my field ALL the time to do expert reports on children + families to the Family Court and it’d be interesting as hell…if you can even do that in the States!

    I don’t like yoga. I like stretching but it’s all a bit too slow for me.

  3. Lindsay

    This post comes at a great time! I’m similar to you – I’ve only tried yoga a handful of times and i dont love it or hate it, still unsure about it. I like to break a sweat and I don’t like any chanting etc. However, just last week I found a groupon for a place near me that offers hip hop yoga! (vinyasa flow set to pop/hip-hop music) I tried it yesterday and while I still don’t love it, it was definitely more my style. I liked it enough to use up the rest of the groupon and I’ll try to sprinkle it in with my usual workouts to switch it up now and again.

  4. If you’re looking for something that will make you sweat- try hot yoga! (I actually blogged about yoga today as well)

    My advice to a newbie is to try it for a few months before you really decide what you think. It takes awhile to get comfortable with the poses and yoga in genera. Also- try the different styles. One might be more enjoyable for you. I know that I like to try different styles depending on how my body is feeling. That’s something I love about yoga- there’s a type for every occasion :)

    Good luck! (but if you end up not liking it, there’s nothing wrong with that)

  5. Amy


    also — try vinyasa flow? my studio offers hot vinyasa flow with weights — the best strength/cardio i’ve ever encountered. i sweat my face off and my arm muscles look great.

  6. Stephanie C

    I agree.. vinyasa flow was the right fit.. for me, anyways! Try a few different styles and instructors.. they really make the difference. I live in L.A. and have never really had a bad yoga experience – except when they’re super crowded.
    Yoga really helped my back when I was doing a regular practice. I have some stress related back issues (as well as clenching my jaw!) and this helped me SO much.
    One word of advice: I worked at a chiropractic office and we had ladies coming in all the time from hot yoga. This is not always that great for people with injuries (not sure if you have any) and can exacerbate it. Hot yoga encourages you to stretch more because the heat makes your muscles more loose and those with injuries can further injure themselves. Specifically this was mostly for hip issues. Good luck and have fun :)

  7. I just started yoga in June and I’m loving it. I do it 3 times a week and have different teachers each class. I like the variation of the teachers because it makes each class different.

    I would say give it a try a few more times. If you’re not lovin’ it then maybe just do it once in a while? I find it to be very peaceful and well as a great workout.

  8. Yoga isn’t intented to be a major workout. It is meant to improve strength and flexibility :)

    If you want a workout, try hot yoga (Bikram or Barkan style) then you’ll be burning!

    It isn’t for everyone. And I definitely had the SAME reaction as you when I first started!!! So trust me on this one, try a few more classes and different teachers :).

  9. I take Body Flow which is the Les Mill’s yoga/pilates class. I really enjoy the class and the balancing poses are my favorite. A friend once made me take a free-form dance yoga class where we had to prance across the room multiple times making up dance moves … sooo not for me!

  10. ashleigh

    I’m on my 4th year doing yoga & currently in a teacher training program, yay! My advice: try all types of classes, I’d say Iyengar and Vinyasa are good beginner classes, then leading up to Ashtanga and maybe even Bikram. If you want to sweat, try Bikram, but make sure you prepare hours before hand with lots of water and an empty belly. Iyengar will teach you the proper alignment of a pose so you don’t hurt yourself. But there are so many types out there, don’t get discouraged by one, and don’t think of it as a competition. If there are people in a room doing advanced, high flexibility poses… they’ve been doing it a while and they were once in your position. Don’t get discouraged by the lack of your flexibility, that comes with time. just like everything else, learning to ride a bike or being able to play a piano. Hope that helps.

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