Yoga for Beginners

yoga, asana, poses breathing, new to yogaYoga is an ancient and wonderful practice that has dozens of benefits for the mind and body. Yoga tunes you to the tensions—and lack of tensions–in your body and mind. First, if you’re considering starting yoga, then use these important general steps. They can smooth out the yogic learning curve.

Start Slowly

As you begin, remember that there is a learning curve—to everything. As you exercise different parts of your body, form is important. If you have poor form, then you put stress on certain muscles, bones and tendons. Do this too long and too often and you might hurt yourself. This is why it’s so important that you pay attention to how your body feels. You are your best doctor. If you can feel when you are in balance and when you are not, then you will prevent injuries.

Move Slowly

Most of the exercises work best if you fully engage with the sensations of your body. The slower that you move, the more you’ll be able to focus on all of the different sensations happening during the movement. This will ensure that you get more mental benefits—and it makes it less likely that you’ll overexert or injure yourself.

Find a Teacher

Many people look for a yoga teacher to train them. This can help in lots of ways. First, a teacher’s experience helps you learn the proper forms for poses. A teacher also helps you learn the correct breathing techniques, which are vital to correct yoga practice. When forming poses, each motion has a corresponding breath. Many beginners find it easier to perform yoga in a group setting. However, these positives do cost money and take time. You may find it more efficient to learn yoga in a different way.

Be the Teacher

Alternatively, you can teach yourself. All of the information is out there in one way or another. You can find some books in your library, look up asanas and training tips online, and practice on your own. Television yoga programs or videos are helpful too. A comfortable mat is all of the necessary equipment. Be sure to master breathing before trying any poses.

Motivation?

Yoga is different from other types of exercise. Motivation is really the opposite of what yoga is all about. Seeking motivating is a kind of striving, while yoga teaches you to accept yourself as you are now, without striving to improve. Only think about progress while it is happening. Keep your mind in the present moment to get the most of your yoga practice.

The Benefits of Yoga

Remember, yoga has many benefits. Becoming more flexible is one of them. Yoga regulates blood pressure, improves circulation, and boosts your immune system. That’s not all. Yoga also helps improve strength, posture, energy, and balance. Each of these benefits in turn helps other things. For instance, more energy might give you a better outlook on life, which might help you get your work done faster. This might give you time to enjoy a hobby, which in turn improves your mood. The web of interconnected benefits is complex and large. Yoga strengthens and healthfully infuses this web of feedback loops and, in the process, helps and heals your body and mind.

Yoga is a subtle practice. Change comes slowly. Because of this, it’s best to focus on keeping to your yoga schedule instead of looking for gains. Eventually, yoga becomes about the good feelings the practice brings. The physical benefits are only a bonus to the feelings of calm, peace, energy and joy yoga brings.

Yoga truly changed my life. I can hold poses now that I first thought impossible. Yoga taught me to calm my restless mind, know that I can do anything I choose, and simply enjoy life. Share your thoughts on yoga to help beginners in their yoga practice.

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