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How to Get Into Yoga When You Don't Like It

By Genevieve Cunningham

Yoga is so good for the body. It calms the mind and eases stress. It can deepen your muscles and flexibility and leave you feeling better than ever before. You’ve heard all of this before, right? Unfortunately, no matter how many good things you hear about yoga, you just can’t seem to enjoy it. So many people understand your plight. Yoga can be difficult for some to enjoy. It’s slower paced and requires extensive focus. It’s tough! But learning to like it is not impossible. If you’re not quite the modern yogi, but you’d like to enjoy the benefits of this exercise, take a look at these tips to help you out.

Don’t Go for Broke

You absolutely do not have to jump into daily hour-long yoga sessions in order to experience the benefits. In fact, if you already dislike yoga and then give this approach a try, you are most likely not sticking with it. Instead, find a five-minute video on YouTube and stick with that for a few weeks. Ease your way into yoga. Once you can do five minutes without thinking about all of the other things you’d rather be doing, increase it to seven minutes. Adding very small amounts of time can help you develop a little tolerance, and you’ll still experience a few of the benefits as well.

Try Out Different Kinds

There are so many different kinds of yoga, and they’re all a little different. If you don’t like the first class you try, look for a different kind. Try Hatha, Hot Yoga, Ashtanga, Kundalini … try them all. If you’re willing to step outside of your comfort zone and experiment a little, you’ll probably find the kind of yoga that is more suited for your life and likes.

Buy the Stuff

You don’t have to go nuts and buy everything in sight. But if you prepare yourself just a little bit with the proper equipment, your transition into yoga will go a lot more smoothly. Buy one pair of comfortable pants, a tank top, and a yoga mat. Use these items over and over again. Once you’re pretty sure that you’re going to stick with it, opt for another outfit. The proper equipment and clothing can make all the difference in the effectiveness and comfort level of your overall workout.

Yoga is really a great option for getting fit and staying in shape. But it’s also a tough workout to really enjoy … especially if you’re generally into faster-paced exercise. Use these tips to help you get started, and you may finally find a form of yoga that you like well enough to continue and bring about the benefits you’ve always heard about.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Farmington, Utah.

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