7 Things Your Yoga Instructors Want You To KnowBy Katrina Scott on
Hi beautiful! It’s yoga week in your Tone It Up app and we’re so excited to spend some quality time on the mat with you. Yoga holds a special place in our hearts ~ Karena and I had our very first “date” at yoga class! I asked her to go with me, not telling her it was my first class ever! Little did we know we’d both go on to complete our yoga teacher training so we could eventually share our practice with YOU. 💗 As much as we’ve learned through the years, we are still learning and growing every day. I’ll never forget how nervous I felt in that first class, not knowing the names of all the poses and if I was doing them “right.” I was so thankful to have Karena to reassure me that I belonged and should stick with it! Sometimes all we need is that little push from another TIU girl, am I right?! So if you’re a beginner to practicing yoga or feel like things aren’t quite clicking on the mat, here are a few things we wish we knew starting out. From alignment tips to getting in the right headspace, we’ve got you! We see your brave and brilliant soul, and we can’t wait to celebrate you every day in the Studio this week! Namaste, Kat
It all starts with mindfulness
What's more important than nailing crow or dancer pose? Moving through each posture with mindfulness. So many of us show up to our mats with a go-go-go mentality and a growing to-do list running through our heads. The beauty of yoga is it forces you to slow down, stay present, and be mindful of your body and breath as you move through space. Another way we practice mindfulness: setting an intention at the beginning of each class. We'd love to hear your intention for this week. Share in the comments below!
It's NOT all about flexibility
You girls know I can barely touch my toes....just me?! And that's OK! Think of it like this: yoga makes you flexible, you don't need to be flexible to do yoga. No matter how you come to your mat, know that you're exactly where you're meant to be.
Chaturanga is tougher than you think
This was one of the hardest "basics" to master in my yoga teacher training. Core strength and proper technique is everythinggg in this vinyasa sequence. Common mistakes in chaturanga pose: not shifting your weight far enough forward, skipping the low push-up, and coming straight into upward dog. As you lower down, your arms should form a 90-degree angle, core engaged, and weight shifted forward with your shoulders over your fingertips. And in upward dog, the only thing touching the mat should be your hands and feet. Want to practice? Try Chevy’s “Cha Cha Chaturanga” routine in the yoga On Demand section of your Tone It Up app!