There’s so much to learn about yoga that it’s easy to understand why beginners can get confused. However, there are some mistakes that even longtime students of the practice sometimes make, like these four.
A yoga class is not a competition or a show, so there’s no need to flaunt all your best moves for those around you. You will not be getting brownie points from your instructor or that beginner who is still trying to master the simplest poses. You also won’t be impressing the more experience students who know that the less flashy postures can require the most skill and concentration.
Moving too quickly.
Yoga is about moving mindfully and using correct form, not rushing from one pose to another. While some flow-style classes can move at a rapid pace, that doesn’t mean you have to keep up with the fastest movers in the class. Be sure to stay connected to your breathing and always link your breath to the movement. If you want cardio, take a separate class.
Ignoring your body’s signals
“No pain, no gain” is not the way to approach yoga. If you have aches and pains, don’t ignore them. Listen to your body’s signals and adjust your practice until the pain subsides. When you don’t feel up to par, tailor your routine to what your body tells you.
Looking at your phone
Yoga is about focusing on your mind, body and breath, something you can’t do if your concentration is somewhere else. Free yourself from distractions by turning off your phone during class, even if others are checking their own phones. Besides taking your mind off your yoga class, constant phone checking is just plain rude. And don’t even think of taking a call during class!