What happens when one decides to practice one of the most introverted exercises out there?
When I started my own yoga practice, it was nine years before I even stepped foot into a yoga studio.
Why is that? Well, for many of us, and especially for those of us with a chronic illness (such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Fibromyalgia), we become more than hesitant. We become almost fearful of what to expect: Will the instructor understand my limitations? Will I understand my limitations?
Having the guide of a professionally trained yogi is one of the most valuable things you may ever receive, but if you’re feeling the itch to start from scratch at home, the following videos might be a great way to start your yogic journey!
Yoga is so much more than learning the asanas, or poses. You’ll soon find the power of connecting with your breath, and you’ll be able to find a space of stillness within. Be ready for a transformation to a better, more beautiful, and healthier you!
(When practicing, always have a folded blanket to sit on: in a seated, cross-legged position, your hips should be above your knees! As for other props, if you don’t have a block, often a book will work. I don’t even own a yoga strap, I use an old cotton scarf. Click on the highlighted links for the videos that would not embed.)
We’ll begin with an Easy, Beginner 20 minute practice:
Yoga for Beginner’s 40 minute practice:
A gentle, 15 minute session:
A gentle, 10 minute session:
A 7 minute breath, centering, seated practice:
A gentle, 30 minute practice: Grab a folded blanket or two, a strap, and make sure you have wall space. Great for beginners, but it’s all floor/seated postures, so skip if you have trouble with your hips or knees in seated poses. Modify where needed:
Mindful Yoga – Simple, Easy & Calming Hatha Yoga : A 28 minute practice with great instructions, easy enough for a beginner. A Gentle all over stretch. Grab a thick blanket, and a strap. Modify where needed:
A great, mindful, 20 minute practice that is gentle enough for beginners. Have a folded blanket to sit on, and work out that tension slowly, and mindfully:
An hour long Kripalu Class (Kripalu is the style that I’m currently being trained in).
When I first began my yogic journey, all of the great yogis on my DVDs would say,
“The more you practice, the more benefits you’ll receive.”
That statement could not be further from the truth!
Having trouble understanding a particular pose? Check out YogaJournal and Yoga with Adriene for the technical breakdowns. You might also want to check out my post Beginner’s Yoga, Tid-bits, Mods, & Downward-facing Dog.
For those of you in chronic pain: Once you’re feeling comfortable, and you’re thinking about hitting the studio, I’d suggest finding one of the following classes: Gentle/Hatha, Restorative, or even Svaroopa® yoga. Some styles that you may want to avoid due to their intensity may be: Ashtanga, Bikram, Power, and Jjivamukti. Vinyasa gets a mixed review, as some classes may follow a gentle flow, but in my experience I was left aching in the following days. To play it safe, I always say, “If most of the people in your class are over 50, then you’ll be fine!”
Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, in the comments down below, or message me on Facebook.