Wear clothes that fit comfortably, you need to move a lot in them. No requirements for special yoga clothes, just wear something flexible. Remember, yoga is not about the appearance, but if these clothes make you feel good, go for it!
Only for yoga in a heated room, it’s recommended to wear a short pants + sports top (yogini’s) / or no top at all (yogi’s). During the practice, please take your shoes and socks off. Traditionally, yoga is practiced barefoot. Embrace your feet, they are amazing parts of your body. Show them some love and a bit of sunlight.
Practice yoga on an empty stomach, so the meal will not get in your way when you twist and bend. The energy we create during the practice is ‘prana’, which is different energy than ‘apana’ that is generated by eating. Also, drink before or after the practice to cleanse your body and hydrate. Try not to drink during the practice, because it will lower your body temperature.
A lot of yogi’s and yogini’s are vegetarian, or vegan, or something in between. One of the ethical principles of yoga philosophy (ahimsa) is that you don’t hurt others (non-violence). However, adapting your food choices is never a requirement to start practicing yoga. On this website, you can find primarily information about veganism, because it happens to be that I’m vegan too! I was already vegetarian long before I started practicing yoga and I turned vegan because of my own believes.
A common misconception that I often encounter is that you have to be flexible to start doing yoga. It’s the same comparison to: ‘I can’t start learning to play guitar, because I can’t play guitar.’ Silly isn’t it!?
Strength and flexibility will come later during your practice, and everybody has their own challenges in this. Remember, it’s the practice itself that counts and the connection that you feel with yourself and the universe. Showing up at your mat is more important than being flexible.
Choose a yoga style that you like. And always tell your yoga teacher if you have (chronic) pains or injuries. Asanas will be adjusted for you! Just breath, you can do this!
By practicing yoga, you will feel physically and mentally stronger. Movement cleanses your body and can removes blockages, what makes your energy flow again. For me, my yoga practice is like moving meditation. Some days are better than others of course, but I always feel more positive and energetic afterwards.
The benefits are endless, and here are a couple you can experience: Rest, peace, positive energy, excitement, and confidence. But you can also release your emotions during or after the practice (like crying or feeling sad). No worries, this is all very normal. Part of practicing yoga is learning how to accept yourself. One of the things I find super interesting is the connection between the mind and body. There’s still so much to learn about this! Because of the introspection, yoga can also support you when you’re going through a rough period in your life. Yoga can be supportive by stress release and trauma healing.
The holistic approach of working on your body, mind, and soul are complementary to each other. Your whole being is more than a body, is more than the mind. It’s the connection that is within everything! For long time, this scientific field was underdeveloped, but I have the idea that more people discover the importance of this body/mind-connection.
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My yoga journey started around 2015 when I was a bachelor student. I enrolled for my first yoga lesson ever. The more the years evolved, the more yoga became part of my lifestyle. Lover of ashtanga, vinyasa, bikram, and iyengar. Next to yoga and biology, I spend my time learning about meditation, ayurveda, trauma healing, and food sciences. Currently registered at Yoga Alliance.
July 2021 / 200h Vinyasa Ashtanga – RYS Yoga Union – Ourania Bouzouki & Spyros Kapitsinos – Palairos Greece
April 2022 / Ashtanga Course – Tula Studio Amsterdam – David Robson & Jelena Vesić – Amsterdam The Netherlands
August 2022 / 300h Hatha Vinyasa Ashtanga – RYS House of Om – Wissam Barakeh & Peewee Sanchez – Bali Indonesia
I have a deep respect for nature in all it’s forms. Biology was therefore the minor that I studied. By understanding that when you teach something, the other person could have a lifelong benefit from that was an eye opener. This sparked my interest to do a major in education. But the more you know, the more you know you don’t know. So I keep educating myself, in yoga or another discipline. For sure during my whole life, because I love learning and teaching. I will always remain a student.
Bachelor of Education; Biology Teacher – 2015 / Fontys Hogeschool Tilburg, The Netherlands
Master of Science; Educational Sciences – 2021 / University Utrecht, The Netherlands
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