YOGA is an ancient system for health of mind and body developed over the centuries by the Sages of India. Yoga practice has been around for over 5,000 years. The goal of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. It acts as a means of self-purification to achieve oneness with the supreme creator. Fortunately, this technique in its simplified form can easily be incorporated into our busy schedules to benefit mind and body. The goal of yoga is to calm the mind so that our soul expresses itself.
How often do we figure a person doing the headstand against some picturesque backdrop and say ‘yoga is not for me’ You might want to revisit your thought once you go through the basic tips which yoga has to offer. Read them and find yourself doing yoga against a picturesque backdrop next time!
TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
1. Yoga clothing: Baggy T-shirts are fine for guys, but women may consider choosing tighter fitting tops so that when you are in an inversion (like Shoulder Stand), the top stays in place (and covers what you want it covering!). Yoga can be done in shorts, leggings or sweats. But many choose leggings, quick-dry Capri or full-length fitted pants as these help your instructor check your alignment.
2. Yoga gear: If you are new to yoga you may want to buy yourself a yoga mat. Alternatively, most studios have mats that you can borrow or rent. Most studios provide basic props, such as blocks, which are used to help with alignment, and straps, which can help if you are new to yoga. You also want to bring some water and a towel.
3. Take a deep breath out: Often we equate yoga with some tough, limb-twisting poses. And aren’t you sometimes concerned that: “I can’t even touch my toes, how can I do yoga?” Yoga is not about touching your toes, or stretching 98 degrees to your north-east. Its a simple process of uniting with yourself – using your breath, body and the mind. And its easy and effortless.
4. Follow the tradition: It is best to start learning the yoga practice under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher who can lead you through the correct way of doing each technique. This would help you learn yoga postures properly and avoid possible injuries. Some of the philosophies or techniques taught in yoga may be new. It is a good idea to keep an open mind as it will help broaden and enhance your yoga experience.
5. Your doctor and yoga teacher is just a call away: If you have a medical condition, inform your yoga instructor prior to the commencement of the training. It will help the teacher customize your yoga posture practice.
6. Simple wearing, high thinking: Wear comfortable clothing while going for the yoga class or when practicing yoga at home. Also, avoid wearing belts or excessive jewelry as it could get in the way of yoga practice.
7. Wake up at cuckoo’s call: Although it is best to practice yoga postures early morning, if it doesn’t happen, don’t let it be an excuse to not practice yoga at all! You can do it any time of the day as per convenience.
8. Lighter stomach aids to your yoga practice: It is advised to practice on an empty stomach or at least 2-3 hours after your last meal. Also it’s advised to at least have three to four litres of water during the day as it will help you to flush out the toxins out of the body which are released duing your yoga practice.
9. Set the tone right before you start: Sukshma Vyayam or gentle warm-up exercises help loosen up the body and prepare it for the yoga postures coming ahead.
10. Smile to take you through the miles: See the difference for yourself. Keeping a gentle smile relaxes the body and mind and helps you enjoy the yoga postures much more.
YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
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