10 Quick Tips to Improve your Yoga Practice
Yoga improves breathing, flexibility, circulation, relaxation, energy, muscle strength, and more.
Because of all its benefits, yoga has become more popular in recent years.
In fact, “a new survey conducted by Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal reports that the number of Americans doing yoga has grown by over 50% in the last four years to over 36 million as of 2016, up from 20.4 million in 2012.” 
We know yoga has many health benefits, so how can you improve your yoga practice to get the most out of it?
Planning time in your schedule for your yoga practice is important. Whether that is an hour each day or thirty minutes every other day, whatever works best for you and your schedule, just make sure you’re consistent.
The point to planning is that you won’t be stressed to finish your yoga practice in order to get other things done.
You made the time to stretch, meditate, pray, and focus. So planning the time to do it will help you stay on track.
2) Purchase a yoga mat you like.
Don’t make this an impulse buy. Spend a little time looking for a good quality mat that you’ll enjoy using during your yoga practice.
The options for yoga mats have grown greatly. There are now many options to take into consideration before purchasing a mat, such as: thickness, colors, patterns, materials and textures, eco-friendliness, and of course price.
To understand more about these options so you can choose the right mat for you, click here.
3) Purchase clothes that are specifically for your yoga practice.
There’s nothing more distracting than pulling the waistband of your pants up all class long. Your mind shouldn’t be on your clothes while you’re in the middle of your yoga routine.
So be sure to purchase clothes that are fitted and comfortable.
Breathing correctly during your yoga routine makes a big difference. Breathing correctly will increase your awareness and improve your yoga practice. Breathing should be done slowly and deeply.
When inhaling, let your abdomen effortlessly push outward. Then when exhaling, let it return gently.
Let your awareness and your breathing become a habit. And pay close attention to your instructor while you’re learning how to breathe correctly with the different poses.
5) Be Patient.
Flexibility, improved posture, and better circulation will come with time. Right now, work on building strength and correcting any poses where you find imbalance and/or misalignment.
And don’t be so busy focusing on one benefit of yoga that you miss out on the others.
6) Start with gentle warm ups.
Warming up is important, it gets your blood flowing and gets you into the mindset needed for your yoga routine.
Walking to and from class, even just a block or two, is a good way to warm up your muscles before class even begins.
If you’re doing yoga at home, walk in place for several minutes and then do a few basic stretches before beginning.
7) When doing poses, find your roots.
Finding your roots when doing your yoga routine will help with stability and focus.
While doing standing poses, finding your roots is done by pressing your feet into the floor.
In seated positions, it’s your tail bone that will ground you. In poses like Downward Dog, your hands and your feet become your roots.
A strong foundation not only helps with stability and focus, it also makes for a stronger and safer pose.
8) Don’t push yourself too far.
While it should push you to do more, yoga shouldn’t be painful. The muscle stretching and muscle aches are quite normal and is just a sign of your body changing.
So do as much as your body allows. Once you feel a stretch, hold it for several breaths.
And don’t compare yourself with others.
9) Eat healthy and stay hydrated.
Eating foods that fuel your body will give you more energy for your yoga practice. Loading up on foods that cause you to feel drained will not help you improve your yoga practice.
And keeping yourself hydrated will make a difference in your yoga practice as well. By staying hydrated, you’ll feel more refreshed and have more energy. But being dehydrated will make you feel lethargic and may even cause headaches and nausea.
10) Have fun.
Besides being beneficial to your health, yoga should also be fun!
I hope by implementing these 10 tips, you’ll find your yoga routine is more smooth and fun. And if you have any other tips, leave a comment below!