Nowadays, it seems like everybody and their best friend is doing yoga. From in-person group classes at a gym to DVDs and online tutorials, Hatha and Bikram to Vinyasa and Kundalini (and more), the prevalence of Western yoga practices has taken off. People turn to yoga for all different reasons. Some begin practicing to gain greater flexibility, others to build strength, and more for peace of mind. Whatever leads you to yoga, it can be fairly easy to make at least one of the many beginner yoga mistakes almost all nebies make.
To be honest, there are even days when the most veteran yogi decides to hit a last-minute heated class and hadn't properly hydrated or wears their new yoga gear to class before realizing that it is not going to work. But those are mistakes that you'll be much more likely to make when you're first starting out and haven't figured out what works for you in your practice (like how hydrated you really need to be before stepping in that room — can you tell I've made this mistake before?). Being are of the following common beginner mistakes will help you feel more confident and at ease when you step on the mat.