10 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Start Yoga

People usually resist doing yoga because they feel that they are not flexible; yoga is slow and boring; the result is not quick and obvious; and men think that yoga is for only for women.

Yoga according to me, if practiced every day, can bring a major change in your overall well-being, and can make a healthy and a happy ‘you’. Anyone can do Yoga regardless of the age, size, gender, and ability. Amongst other benefits, it can reduce stress level, improve your sleep pattern, remove toxins, and increase immunity.

Mind-body coordination is the key to yoga and that is possible only if we prepare ourselves well before we start the practice. It is rightly said that success is the sum of lot of small things done correctly and here are the 10 small but key things to keep in mind before you kick start yoga.

Place Discipline

1. Practice yoga in a quiet place

Personal discipline

2. Turn off your phone (or keep it in silent mode) at least 5 mins before you start yoga session.

3. Consciously switch yourself off from the other thoughts and stay calm.

4. At the beginning of your practice, relax your body and breath, by observing your inhalation and exhalation

5. Never practice yoga on a full stomach. Allow at least 3 hours after a meal

Time Discipline

6. The early morning hours are best suited for yoga, though actual practice hours are not very important.

7. It is best to allocate 40- 50minutes for daily practice of yoga.

Clothing: -

8. Wear comfortable clothing.

9. Avoid excess accessories like jewelry, belt, and shoes

10. Yoga is best done on a mat or a blanket and ensure they are of good quality to have a better grip while doing the asanas.

Some Vital Tips: - Regular and mindful practice is very important if one want results. Practice each asana with complete attention and concentration. Consciously be aware of the influence of the individual practice. Hold the position for a while and try it again. Do not give up if you cannot get it right. Everything takes time. Always relax the whole body for few breaths between asanas.

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Comments (25)

Mira Posted on Jul 21, 2018

Posts like this brehitgn up my day. Thanks for taking the time.


Swati M Pradhan Posted on Oct 18, 2017

Vidya is excellent yoga teacher who understands the need of a person .I have been doing yoga with her long and she has helped me to cure my pain in left foot. Thanks a lot.\r\n


Kunal Posted on Oct 11, 2017

Simply elucidated.........Looking forward to more info.....


Gowri Ramesh Posted on Oct 10, 2017

Very useful tips. I have found tips 1, 4 and 6 to be very productive. Thanks for being a great teacher vidhya.


Srini Yeramati Posted on Oct 10, 2017

Very nice description on the tips for yoga. As your student I thoroughly inspired by the way you made yoga look simple and in smaller steps. The sessions helped me a lot where I am able to make it part of my activity which help me to be fresh and energetic all day.

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Neeta Posted on Oct 10, 2017

I have been practising Yoga for past 4 years and it has immense positive impact on your life

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Vidya Murlidhar Posted on Oct 10, 2017

Excellent article Vidhya!

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Pk Das Posted on Oct 08, 2017

Very true. It takes time but ultimately brings the desired result in your body.I have ankyolising spondy.I first met Vidya, I was not able to walk properly. Doctor was advising for surgey. Hip joint & neck was frozen. With regular practice under her observation & guidance , not only i managed to avoid a major surgery but also I am now able to manage my routines comfortably. She is very sincere, focused & innovative in her approach. I must credit Vidya for all these. Thanks Vidya for giving me time. Keep sending the articles, Thanks.

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Kashish Punjabi Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Perfectly described do’s and don’ts of practising yoga ! I have personally experienced wonderful prenatal yoga sessions with you Vidhya . Thanks a lot ! Keep up good work

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Yasmin Mathew Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Simple and precise tips for a yoga practitioner be it a novice or advanced one. Looking forward to more info on Yoga.

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Vandana Nigam Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Crisp, to the point and inspiring.. Your beautifully written nudge to start Yoga is inspirational Vidhya.. You have a knack of doing everything with a golden touch :) \r\nWay to go girl.

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Divya Chandrasekhar-yashwanth Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Really nice write up. Vidhya’s calm and positive nature is very reassuring and motivating! Keep at it, Vidhya! Will look forward to more articles from you!

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Aakaash Ramchandani Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Very well written, it encompasses all the important details in a very detailed but yet simple enough to understand by even beginners. A must for all Yoga practitioners to read and follow before their yoga practice.

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Satyabama Ragothaman Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Well written Vidhya...You have given complete & minute details perfectly which shows how much you enjoy your work..Way to go..Keep writing ...

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Umaima Sadriwala Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Wowww! M practising yoga since many years but never pay attention to such mindful tips one should have in mind before every class. Thank you Vidhya! Looking forward for such many posts from you.

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Aparna Sastry Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Very well written tips , which a lot of us tend to overlook/not follow.\r\nThanks Vidhya

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Madhu Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Vidya..... thanks for sharing. All the best and God bless...

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Malathi Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Thank you Vidhya. Very informative article. Keep writing more to encourage others to practice yoga and benfit from it. Yoga is for mind body spirit. All the best

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Sumana Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Very useful tips. Told in simple words. Any reader will get motivated to start yoga, so I am. Thanks Vidhya!

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Sashi Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Thanks for some key practices to keep in mind before doing yoga. Looks like the state of mind is as important as the rigor.

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Ravichandran K Posted on Oct 06, 2017

Very good write-up giving tips for people like me...Keep them coming

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Amita Hora Posted on Oct 06, 2017

Great information! Definitely motivating me to start yoga. Can\'t wait for more posts!

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Lakshmi Sharma Posted on Oct 06, 2017

Useful and very important tips Vidhya. I learn yoga from Her when I had joint pains and frozen shoulder. Her approach is awesome and she taught me some exercises by doing that I am off pains now . Thanks Vidhya.

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Reshma Sajnani Posted on Oct 06, 2017

I am a runner so my body stays a little stuff and sore sometimes. Yoga with Vidhya has been such a blessing. She knows exactly how to help me release the pain and makes me do the right stretches my runs. She is a boon for runners like me and I guess yoga is a must for runners. Thank you !

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Parul Tibrewala Posted on Oct 06, 2017

I am a student for Vidhya\'s since over a year and I can vouch for the transformation that yoga brings. From a worrier I have become a more calm and relaxed person. I must credit this to Vidhya along with Yoga as she is a wonderful , patient, encouraging and motivating guru. Yoga is a way of life and one must incorporate it to see the magic it brings in ones life.

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Mother of two lovely daughters, I am a certified Yoga Alliance(USA) yoga instructor. I have been teaching yoga for almost seven years. I am trained in Hatha Yoga, Vinayasa Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Prenat

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