Mara performs a yoga backbend

How to Get Started with Yoga

Just like any style of fitness there are many different styles of yoga which differ in intensity. If you’re looking to flow through many poses then Vinyasa is what you’re after. 

Kundalini yoga offers a more restorative practice whereby your focus is on your breath, chants and meditation. Whereas Ashtanga is amazing for strength building as the focus is to hold various poses for a period of time. 

Still confused about where to start? Don’t worry, we have you covered! Mara has created the perfect programmes and challenges, so let her guide you through them no matter whether you’re at a beginners, intermediate or advanced level. 

  1. Choose your style to fit your mood. Whether you’re perfecting a pose alongside a gym  programme by Stef or Alex, after morning flows to kickstart your day or want to join thousands of women completing Mara’s 6 week guides, we have something for everyone. 
  2. Grab a mat, most gyms will provide mats, however if you’re practicing from home, make sure you  have your own. A mat will help to support and cushion your muscles as well as prevent any slipping or injuries. 
  3. Take your time. This is time for you, to learn, to improve and focus on nothing but your practice, so move to your own beat. Whether that means holding the poses for a little less to ensure your form is correct, listen to your body and do what feels right for you. If you’re going to a class, let the instructor know that you’re new, this way they can help guide you through the class. 
  4. Wear clothes that aren’t restrictive.

Opt for comfy clothing, the chances are you’re going to be bending and twisting, so you need clothes that flow with you. It’s also advisable to wear light, breathable fabrics to help your body stay cool down and when it comes to shoes, barefoot is best, aiding stability and helping to target the right muscles.