Find that yoga mat you bought at Target. Shake the spiders out.
Find the yoga DVDs you also bought at Target that might be still in their shrink wrap. Unwrap them. Stick them in the DVD player thing.
Start doing yoga. Every day. That is all, and that will work, if it is right for you. If it doesn't work, it may be that you haven't found the way that works for you. If it still attracts you, calls to you, shop around. And by "shop around," I do not mean go back to Target and buy a half dozen more DVDs. I mean shop the innerwebs, read, explore, take a class here or there. You may stumble into loving yoga. I did. It took forever.
This is not my first attempt to "develop a yoga practice." I always thought that sounded like a nice thing, to practice yoga regularly, but my fits and starts have been mainly aspirational, until this year, when I turned 56, which was apparently the time I am ready to "get" yoga. I get it. I get it and I crave it.
I do not crave expensive classes at the hippest studio in town. I do not feel the need for a new wardrobe of really cute yoga stuff, so I'll look like I belong at the hippest studio in town. I do yoga in my pajamas, with bed head and sometimes with un-brushed teeth, and I don't give a damn how I look. Okay, not true - I do care about proper alignment and holding the pose, and I pay attention to that. I don't care how I LOOK, because this is for ME. And when I am on my back on the mat and Murphy is breathing his toxic dragon breath in my face, because he's sure I'm down on the floor to entertain him, I'm kinda glad if I didn't brush my teeth. Right backatcha, Stinky Dog.
I don't have a working DVD player at the moment, and my 10 year old TV has only one HDMI port, so I'm already multi-tasking with cable and Apple TV. I have to unplug one to plug in the other, and while it's mildly annoying and a lot of people I know would consider it ridiculous, I'm fine with it. But adding a DVR is just one plug too many. I get my yoga fix via GaiamTV via the $40 Roku gadget that only works on the newer TV in the bedroom. When I subscribed to this channel I told myself that if I didn't use it I'd ditch it before they billed me the $9.95 a month. I subscribed for the many yoga videos, and especially because I recognized the names of the instructors.
Yoga is not one size fits all; there are so many types of yoga, and so many individual teaching styles, you can't just turn on a video (or go to a class) and decide whether it is for you or not - especially if you are truly intrigued by the "full yoga experience" vs. a stretchy class at the gym. Like the old song says, "You better shop around."
However, on the classes thing, learn from my expensive experience - never, ever get talked into signing up for a ten class package before sampling a class. Only once (and the ten class package was a gift, years ago) did that work out for me. I had to get past the instructor looking strikingly like a young
Other experiences weren't so lovely, like the guy with the faux-Sanskrit name and the scraggly blond beard whose style was so deeeeply meditative and boooring, I was making a grocery list in my head the entire time. He didn't give a damn if you were learning or not; he was just doing his yogi thing, and if you got nothing from it, it must be you.
Instruction should instruct. Some yoga instructors (including the video variety) are lousy teachers. I like Gaiam TV because I can sample styles and find instructors I can relate to, for the price of one live instructor yoga class a month. So far, my all-around favorite is Rodney Yee. He's pretty much the king of yoga videos. I guess it's not surprising that he has a background in both dance and physical therapy - he can describe a pose in a brief, clear, and non-intrusive way that I can follow. Some other videos were clicked off in the first five minutes. I'm a rank beginner and exploring what works for me, so for ten bucks a month I definitely feel I'm getting my money's worth from this channel. This isn't an endorsement, compensated or otherwise, and there are other online sources, and YMMV, etc. Right now, this works for me.
Truth: Two weeks ago, I found cobra pose (that is NOT me)
I feel ridiculously good. Stupidly good. OMG, why didn't I figure this out 25 years ago? - that kind of good.