Yoga for Beginners
Yoga has a lot to offer and it needs to be learned and explored. However, it’s a gradual process and should be approached with patience so as to achieve the best out of it. Yoga is becoming popular real fast due to the undeniable benefits that it comes with. Every day a lot of people develop interest in yoga but just don’t know where to begin. If you are one of them, don’t worry, I got you covered. Here is everything you need to know on Yoga to get started.
4 basic steps to starting yoga practice
Learn how to breathe
Breathing is the most essential part when doing the yoga poses. Therefore, it’s important to practice the yoga way of breathing before you fully begin your sessions. There are basic breathing techniques to use in yoga like the Dirga pranayama. It’s an easy technique to learn and it won’t take much of your time. It’s basically involves breathing in and out through the nose into the abdomen.
- Meditation and intention
After you’ve mastered how to breathe correctly, meditation is definitely the next step. You can sit in any comfortable position like the easy pose then try to completely concentrate on your breathing. Try to relax your body as much as you can and only focus on your mind. Set your goal or what you want to achieve in your meditation and it should only take a few minutes.
- Start with basic and beginner poses
Yoga is diverse and it involves a lot of poses. Some are pretty simple and can easily be done. However, a good number of these poses can get really complicated and not advisable for beginners. You should therefore start with the simplest and most basic poses before going to the complicated ones so as to get the best out of them and also avoid injuries. Some of these simple poses that you can begin with are; cat, child, cobra, mountain and seated twist among others. You can do a research on these poses and get acquainted with them.
- End session with relaxation pose(Shavasana)
It’s always recommended to end your yoga session with the Shavasana pose. It involves resting on your back and relaxing your body for 5- 15 minutes. Then you can practice a short meditation while seated to help you get back into the world.
It is normal for yoga to feel strange and awkward for beginners but this change after a few sessions into the practice.
What you need to start yoga
Practicing yoga doesn’t really need anything other than your presence. However, a few things can spice up your yoga and make it worthwhile. Here they are;
- Yoga books
You can purchase yoga books in stores or just download e-books from sites like amazon. Reading about yoga gives you the information you need to get started and get the most out of your sessions.
- Yoga DVDs
You can find very useful yoga videos in stores and online.
- Yoga CDs
Audio instructional CDs are also available for beginners.
- Yoga Mat
Yoga poses involve kneeling and seating and you will probably need a comfortable surface to help you relax easily. A yoga mat can do the trick and you can modify or purchase one. The thickness of the mat depends on how soft is the floor and which one makes you most comfortable.
- Yoga Props
You can get yoga poses to help you with complicated poses or just to make you more comfortable. Yoga blocks are available for standing poses, yoga strap for stretching further in seated poses and a bolster can do for restorative poses.
- Yoga music
Music can greatly improve your yoga sessions. Listening to relaxing music can play a major role in putting you in the mood for yoga. You can get yourself some music CDs or carry your music on USB device for the sessions.
- Dressing for Yoga
Practicing yoga is like working out and you will need the appropriate outfit for the occasion. You can get yourself some lose or stretching clothes which will give you the allowance you need to be comfortable in any position. There are yoga outfits specifically designed for the practice but you will probably have to dig a little deeper into your pockets when you go shopping for them. You can always start with the ones that are readily available as long as you are comfortable in them.
I believe this information will be of great help if you have always wanted to practice yoga and did not know where to start from. You can do more research on the same using the mediums I have stated above and you will surely prosper in your practices and achieve the desired results.