If we’re talking about a “newbie” with no experience and no expectations, they can’t expect to be good at yoga after one month of practice. On the other hand, if we’re talking about an individual who has been practising for several months and is continuing to practice, the answer is much less definite.
It’s difficult to qualify “good” in a subject such as yoga. However, just in order to maintain a solid yoga practice in a particular pose, an individual must spend time in that pose over and over again until it becomes second nature.
For instance, if you have never done a headstand before, it may feel good to rest in a child’s pose after only one month of practice. But if this same individual were to continue practicing headstand with no expectations, eventually the feeling of a child’s pose will feel unpleasant when compared with the ease and comfort of your newly found yoga skill!
So rather than trying to qualify “good” as a standard or level that you should be at after one month of practice, look at your practice as an opportunity to build strength and flexibility over time.
How to Be Good At Yoga
What can you do to ensure that you are practicing yoga at the level of “good” rather than resting in a child’s pose? Here are some tips.
1. Expect More Out of Yourself
This doesn’t mean pushing your limits or hurting yourself, instead, it means really looking at what you are capable of right now and looking at what you could be capable of tomorrow. You may not want to hurt yourself, but if you can see your strength and flexibility growing over time, this will motivate you to practice with the expectation of becoming better.
2. Don’t Expect Perfection Right Away
We tend to look down on ourselves when we aren’t perfect, but that keeps us from growing stronger. So instead, look at yourself objectively without judgment. If you are disappointed in your performance, accept it and work on doing better next time!
3. Set Out A Challenge
If you are feeling really ambitious or inspired, set out a challenge to accomplish over the course of your yoga practice! For instance, if you want to do a handstand, set out a challenge of practicing every day for a week. Don’t expect perfect practice after one week, but by going through this process of committing to the time and actually practicing regularly you will be more likely to accomplish your goal.
4. Find Yourself A Yoga Buddy
Working with somebody else can motivate you to practice more seriously and with greater discipline than if you were practicing alone.
5. Set Out Daily Goals
By setting out challenges for yourself over the course of your yoga experience, it can help keep things interesting. At the same time, by setting out small daily goals, you will feel less intimidated about what you are supposed to accomplish in one session.
You will be able to focus on what you need to do tomorrow, instead of getting stressed out when trying to live up to your future expectations.
We all start somewhere, and it’s going to take time to become good at yoga. So don’t expect too much from yourself right away. Instead, set out small daily goals for yourself and be consistent in your practice. This will eventually lead to a greater awareness of what you are capable of!