Looking to take up yoga? Here’s how to get started

September is National Yoga Month, which means there’s no better time to get started practicing yoga! Although seeing experienced instructors or everyday yogis in headstands and complex poses can be very inspiring, for many interested in getting into yoga, it can be extremely intimidating.

However, yoga offers so many benefits for participants of all levels, from the physical effects – weight loss, more muscle tone and more – to the mental benefits. While it may seem intimidating, Allison Korycki, 28, director of operations and a yoga instructor at Charm City Yoga recommends jumping in and getting started in a beginner class. Korycki first began practicing in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since.

She was kind enough to answer a few questions and offer a few pieces of advice for those looking to break into yoga. If you’re interested in her Baltimore-based classes, visit charmcityyoga.com.

PlayBetter: Why and how should first-timers, maybe those who are a little skeptical, try yoga? How can they get started without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated?

Allison: It’s best to start a practice by taking beginner yoga. These classes are slower paced, more descriptive and introduce you to basic breathing techniques and key concepts of yogic philosophy. The best way to experience transformation through yoga is by committing to a regular practice. Make space to practice 2-3 times per week and you will be amazed by how much better you feel!

Yoga sunsetPB: What are the overall benefits of yoga – physically and beyond?

Allison: Physically, yoga helps (you) tone muscle, lose weight, improve circulation and respiration, decrease pain and muscular tension, improve joint mobility and create greater body awareness. Mentally, yoga teaches mindfulness, that is, freedom from the constant chatter of the mind so one can find presence and clarity and decrease stress. Practitioners find that they are less reactionary and better equipped to handle stress and find inner peace and calm.

PB: Do you have a good success story of someone who has come to Charm City Yoga?

Allison: There are too many to tell! Countless students’ lives have been improved through a regular yoga practice. Every day, students tell us how their yoga practice helps them be a more understanding partner, a more patient parent, a more compassionate boss and a happier person in general.

PB: How important is good equipment for people of all levels?

Allison: To practice yoga, you just need a yoga mat and an open mind.

While it’s probably best to jump into a beginner class with a certified instructor and peers, if you really want to make sure you’re prepared, there are a lot of online resources for you to try. Check out the YouTube video below to get started and be sure to follow PlayBetter’s Pinterest board.


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