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New to Yoga? Advice for Beginners


The ancient practice of yoga has been around for centuries, and is a great way to help relieve the stresses of everyday modern living. Practicing yoga is also a perfect exercise routine as it can help you to get fit while at the same time boost both mental and physical health. Yoga teaches you to breathe correctly and to contour your body into poses that improve your inner and outer strength. And although you may not feel like it is much of a workout at the time, the benefits you will gain from a yoga class are pure enjoyment.

There are many different types of yoga classes and practices to choose from, and it is important to know a little bit about the one you choose before you get started. Start by doing a bit of research online or check out the classes available at your local gym. As a beginner, your best option would be to find a Hatha or Vinyasa class. This is the most basic form of yoga and is generally a slow paced session that combines breathing techniques with simple stretching poses as well as meditation techniques. It is a very relaxing class, however, the poses require a lot of concentration and inner strength, so it is a great place to start.

You can practice on your own using a DVD or guidebook, however, nothing can compare to having a teacher show you the way. A lot of positions look fairly simple, but if done incorrectly, can cause damage to your muscles and bones. Also, getting into positions and getting the most benefit out of them does require some technical knowledge, which a yoga teacher is able to provide you with.

What you need to know before you start a yoga class

  • Although most yoga studios are equipped with yoga mats or exercise mats, it is a good idea to have your own. For hygienic purposes, having your own mat is advisable. If you cannot afford a mat, make sure you take a swimming towel along and place it over the mat during your practice.
  • If you have any injuries, be sure to tell the teacher ahead of time, so that he or she knows if you would be unable to do a specific pose. Usually they will help you with alternative options, or instruct you to sit the pose out if they feel it will cause more damage.
  • Make sure you wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes that will allow you to move easily. Yoga salutations involve a lot of combined poses, which will require a lot of movement, so be prepared. Fabric that has stretch is advisable.
  • Always ask if you are unsure about anything.
  • Have fun and relax.

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