Tips to Get You on the Right Path
Beginning yoga is a great way to combine the benefits of spirituality and health. Yoga is the union of mind, body, and spirit so it is a great way to take care of your body, calm your mind, and connect with the Spirit within.
Before beginning yoga, it is important to know what your goals are. This is often referred to as intentions.
What Are Your Goals
Emotional Health – Are you trying to find a way to relieve stress and calm down? Do you want to bring more balance into your life? Are you ready to learn how to slow down?
Physical Health – Do you want to develop more flexibility in your body? Are you interested in strengthening and toning your muscles? Do you want to correct physical imbalances? Are you interested in preventing injury?
Spiritual Well Being – Do you want to focus on meditation? Are you interested in learning how to connect with your inner self? Do you want to feel a sense of peace and harmony?
These are questions that you should consider and they are not mutually exclusive. You can have more than one intention for your practice so you can reap the many yoga benefits that are available to you.
Determining the Appropriate Style for You
When beginning yoga, it is a good idea to check out the different styles to determine the one that fits your unique needs.
Hatha Yoga - This includes a combination of postures, breathing, and relaxation. It is one of the most common forms of yoga practiced in the Western world.
Iyengar - This is a great choice when you first start practicing because it often encourages the use of a yoga prop in order to help you get into the proper position. It also accommodates many physical limitations.
Kripalu - This style incorporates meditation as you move. It is a slower style than some of the others and it focuses a lot of time on relaxation and meditation.
Any of these styles would be a great choice for yoga for a beginner. Whatever style you choose, make sure that the instructor offers modifications of the positions in case you are not able to do the full pose. This will help keep you from getting frustrated and it will also prevent you from possibly injuring yourself.
Things to Consider When First Beginning Yoga
Non-competitive – Yoga is not a competitive practice. It is very personal. You are encouraged to pay attention to your body instead of comparing yourself to others.
Breathing – It is important to pay attention to your breathing. Your breathe lets you know if you are working appropriately. If you are having difficulty breathing then you need to back off from how deeply you are going into the pose. You can also direct your breath to particularly tight spots in your body.
Some is Better Than None – A little yoga is better than no yoga. If you don’t have time for a full practice then do 1 or 2 poses. You can reap many yoga benefits from doing a small number of poses on a regular basis.
Go Slowly – One of the most important tips for yoga for a beginner is to go slowly. It takes time to allow your muscles to lengthen and strengthen. The more you listen to and honor your body, the more you will improve.
Relaxation Takes Practice – Don’t be discouraged if you find that can’t fully relax. Learning how to connect with your inner Spirit takes regular practice. You will find that it gets easier over time.
Beginning yoga is a wonderful way to experience many mental, physical, and spiritual benefits. A beginner kit can help you get started with a regular practice.
I have been practicing yoga for several years and it has helped me tremendously. You, too, can reap many yoga benefits for yourself as you make it a regular part of your daily life.
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