How Can A Beginner Get Started With Yoga?
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Most beginners always get intimidated when first starting yoga. They see all the advanced moves such as headstands and other bodyweight balancing poses and wonder how in the world they are going to execute them.
This is understandable. If you’re a beginner, you’ll need to understand that the advanced and difficult postures, poses and movements are often done by people who are very experienced and have been doing yoga for years. They have built the strength and stamina necessary to execute these moves over time.
You are not in a race with anyone. Start slow and build a strong foundation. Slowly progress and you will be amazed at what you will be able to do in the future.
First and foremost, you’ll need to decide how you wish to learn. There are many ways from books to DVDs to online instruction to private instruction from a qualified teacher. You will have to know your budget and decide appropriately.
One of the best online yoga courses is called Yoga Burn. It has helped thousands of yoga enthusiasts and is extremely effective.
The key to getting good at yoga is to practice daily. Always take your time and do the moves. There is no rush. If any pose hurts or seems uncomfortable, check if your technique is correct and you’re not missing any crucial points.
You’ll need to invest in a good yoga mat. If certain poses hurt your lower back or neck, you may wish to purchase a yoga bolster to help cushion your back. There are a wide variety of yoga accessories available.
If you’re a beginner it would be wise to first try and get a grasp of the yoga fundamentals before going shopping for yoga equipment that you may never need.
As a beginner, you will have to become familiar with different poses and how to do them. You may not be able to do them all in the beginning and in the event you can do a pose; you may lack the strength to hold the pose. That’s normal. However, you must try and remember what the poses are and the correct techniques to do them.
Most poses fall into one of these categories – seated yoga poses, standing yoga poses, backbends, inversions, weight loss poses, arm balances, core poses restorative poses, yoga poses for back pain, etc.
Sooner or later you will be doing poses that fall into one of these categories. Each pose has its benefits. Try and learn what each pose does and how it helps you. You can do the research online or ask your instructor. Knowledge is power. Always know why you are doing a pose and its benefits.
In this way your knowledge of yoga will be both theoretical and practical. Once you have a sound knowledge of the principles and have all the poses in your arsenal, you will feel a sense of achievement.
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Tip #1 – Yoga helps with insomnia
Yoga is excellent for insomnia because not only does it strengthen the body but it also relaxes it and calms the mind. The breathing techniques and meditation will work wonders for your mental well-being.
Yoga will reduce the stress and strain in your muscles. It will reduce inflammation in the joints and reduce your stress levels. Just like how it helps with diabetes, yoga puts an end to insomnia too.
People who do yoga regularly have reported that they fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed. This is quality sleep. Unlike millions of people who go to bed and wake up even more tired and grumpy.
One technique in yoga is called short meditation. You will have to turn off all outside distractions like your mobile phone, TV, etc. You need some time to yourself and somewhere quiet. Sit cross legged on the floor and keep your posture upright.
Now just breathe gently and easily and try to calm your mind. Focus on your breathing. Do nothing except hear the sound of your breaths. Do not control your breathing. Just listen. This will calm the mind.
From this short meditation, slowly turn your upper body to your right and hold it there while you breathe deeply. Stay in this position for a few breaths, and then turn left and repeat.
Next, face forward and slowly lower your torso forward and reach out with your hands as far as you can go. This move will stretch and relax your back muscles. Take a few deep breaths while in this position.
You may now stretch your legs forward and lie down. Keep your arms by your sides relaxed with the palms facing upwards. This is known as the corpse pose and is supposed to be one of the most relaxing yoga poses. Lie in this position and breathe deeply with your eyes closed. Listen to your breaths and sleep should often follow.
These techniques though simple will take some time to master. Many people are so used to being stressed that they are unable to unwind.
Even when trying to listen to their breaths, their mind will wander off every few seconds. Each time this happens, focus on your breathing again and listen. As time goes by, you will be able to listen to your breathing for longer periods without your mind drifting away.
Tip #2 – Do these 5 important poses…
How Can A Beginner Get Started With Yoga?
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