Yoga offers something for everybody, no matter what age you are. It will increase your flexibility, strengthen your muscles and improve your posture. It’s also a great way to deal with stress, relax and bring together mind, body and spirit. Here are some tips for those of you who are just starting out on the yoga journey.
Breath correctly. With breathing being such an integral part of yoga, it’s key to inhale and exhale well. When your mind goes to the pose that you are working on, it’s all too easy to forget all about your breathing. However, each breath taken during yoga should be mindful and part of the overall experience. Oxygen will go along the way to improve your balance, your relaxation, and the benefits. When you breathe, do it deep down in your diaphragm. Breath in slowly as your stomach rises and then let it go slowly.
Enjoy it. Yoga isn’t just about the destination – it’s about the journey. As you learn new poses, take your time and align your body in the best way that you know how. Allow the relaxation to pass through your body and stop striving for perfection – you’ll be able to bend more than you thought!
Keep that pose. It all depends on which type of yoga you are practicing with regards to how long you need to keep a pose. Usually, they last for twenty seconds, but some will last over a minute. Be sure to listen to your body so that you don’t cause any damage, but try to hold each pose for longer each time.
Be on time. Walking in late to your class is not only rude, it’s disrespectful to the tutor and your classmates. You’ll arrive stressed and take that with you straight into the class. By arriving early, you’ll have time to adjust to your environment, warm up with a few stretches and be ready to begin when the tutor is.
Complete with a savasana. Doing the ‘corpse pose’ is the ideal way to end the class. It will provide an opportunity for your blood circulation to reset. It will also allow you to leave the class feeling relaxed and laid back. (Take care when you are driving). Supplement your classes with home DVDs. Practising at your own pace can do a lot for yoga improvement. Buy a DVD and use it at home when you have spare time.
Commit to success. Pick a number of yoga practice sessions that you can do per week and stick to it. It’s best to commit to a number that you can manage. If you do it with a friend, you’ll have a better chance to attaining it – as social exercise is a commitment aid.
A personal message from me – enjoy your yoga. I have found it of great personal benefit over the years, and I hope that you find the same.