Yoga for Beginners

I am sure that by now you already know the many benefits of practicing yoga and are itching to get started. If you are then you have stumbled across the right page. Here I want to go through the very basics of yoga. We are not going to cover poses so much here. Instead we are going to look at what you need to get started and what a yoga workout generally covers. This is ‘Yoga for Beginners’.

One of the wonderful things about Yoga is that you don’t actually need a lot of equipment to get started. In fact, you don’t really need anything. Some loose fitting clothing is generally all that you really need to get started. When you are getting started in yoga I really don’t suggest that you invest too heavily in equipment until you really know that this is something that you want to pursue. You will be surprised at the amount of people I have seen invest hundreds of dollars in equipment only to find that it is gathering dust a couple of weeks later. Don’t let this be you.

Later on you can invest in some yoga clothing. You can pick this up online here or in your local sport’s store. At a later stage you may wish to invest in something known as ‘yoga props’. Again, these are not completely necessary. However, these props will make it slightly easier to achieve specific poses, allow you to really balance yourself, and in short make everything a whole lot easier for you. Props are often used by those who are looking into getting started with yoga due to an injury or chronic pain as they help to reduce the amount of pressure on the muscles and skeletal system.

Perhaps the most popular of props, and something that I really do suggest for anybody practicing yoga for beginners, is a good non-slip yoga mat. This is probably the only piece of equipment I really suggest that you invest in even if you don’t know how much you are going to like the ‘sport’. This is in part down to the fact that it makes certain poses a whole lot more comfortable. I don’t know whether you have laid down on a floor before and tried to hold a pose for a long period of time. It is not comfortable. Trust me.

Many people ask me whether they should go to a local class that is offering a ‘yoga for beginners’ session. To be honest, the choice is completely yours. Yoga is something that can be done in the comfort of your own home fairly easily. You will find plenty of information online about how to do certain poses and how they can help you. If you head to YouTube you will even find a plethora of yoga videos. If you really crave the social aspect of a fitness class or just want that little bit of a push to motivate you towards doing the exercises then a fitness class is fantastic. It will also teach you a variety of poses and how to do them properly. It is always useful having an instructor look over you to ensure that you are doing things safely after all.

Now, when you are getting started in Yoga it is VITAL that you do not attempt any ‘poses’ outside of your skill range. The risk of serious injury is far too great here. Remember, the muscles in your body are not strong enough to hold the most extreme of poses. You will get there, but you will have to progress past that beginning stage first. Don’t worry though, you will still be doing your body a world of benefit even in those early stages of working out.

Before I dive into how a standard yoga for beginners’ session pans out, I do want to draw your attention to two poses that you should learn to begin with. You should nail these poses because they are important at the start of your yoga session for relaxation. You will also be able to use them later on away from the world of yoga if you wish to calm yourself down:

Corpse Pose (sometimes referred to as Savasana). With this pose you will be ‘spread’ out like a corpse. It is perhaps one of the most difficult of relaxation techniques to nail. It is incredibly useful though and many people find it helps them rest easier at night.

Easy Pose (sometimes referred to as Sukhasana). This pose is your standard meditation pose and will really help with strengthening that spine. It will even help with any curvature in the spine that you may be suffering from.

To finish off I wish to go through how a session may pan out. I will not be mentioning any poses here. It is up to you to research ones which you may feel benefits your body and your goals the most:

Warm-Up: Your warm-up session will look to loosen up your joints and muscles. You should not progress with a yoga session until you have completely warmed up otherwise you will end up doing your body serious damage.

Standing Poses: These poses are fantastic for those who are trying to lose weight. They help to improve circulation and also balance. For those who may be suffering from back trouble these can help as they are known to strengthen the back.

Sitting Poses: This is where you will be working on your buttocks and legs. You may also be incorporating a few breathing exercises into the mix for a sense of calm.

Twists: These are important for those who are suffering from back pain as they really help to ‘release’ tension in the spine. Again, these poses are going to help to improve circulation.

Backbends: This is something that many people have difficulty with when they are just getting started in yoga as they can be quite difficult. They are ideal for releasing tension in the shoulders and pelvic area though.

Balance Poses: These are great for developing coordination in the body. Depending on the pose you will also strengthen various muscles in your body. The amount of calm required for balance poses makes this type of action difficult for those just getting started in yoga. I am sure you will be able to manage it though.

Hopefully, you know enough about yoga now in order to get started. For more information on yoga just keeping looking through yogapromenade.com.

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