How to get started with Yoga
Getting started with yoga can be very exciting if it’s something you’ve been wanting to do for a while. Maybe you’ve purchased some new workout clothes, a colorful yoga mat, etc. You’re ready to go.
Unless you’ve done some research and planning, deciding where to start exactly can be confusing. There are different types of yoga, so you need to choose which one works to meet your particular goals. Should you start off with a class or start at home with a DVD?
What do you need to do to avoid injury?
And those may be just a few of the questions you have to start off with.
To avoid being overwhelmed, the first thing to decide is why you want to start a yoga routine.
- Do you want to get healthier?
- Do you want to reduce stress?
- Are you hoping to lose weight?
- Tone your body?
Knowing what you hope to achieve will help you to decide which type of yoga to practice.
When it comes to starting Yoga remember to Experiment and keep an open mind.
Preconceived notions about yoga? Throw them out the window.
Much of what we think we know is incorrect and holding onto it will only inhibit your journey. Be open to new ideas and feel free to experiment. Try different types of yoga, poses, teachers, and studios. Yoga is highly personal to each individual.
Many people wonder if they need to take a class to get started with their yoga practice. While it certainly isn’t a requirement, it is definitely a good idea to at least take a few classes. The expert advice that can be gained from a good yoga teacher can make all the difference in terms of determining the routine that’s right for you, learning how to avoid injuries, and doing poses correctly and in the right sequential order.
Patience is a virtue or so they say. It is definitely something you will need to put to use with your yoga practice (and really with any new endeavor). Like many things in life, it takes time to see results. Give yourself time before you decide whether or not yoga is right for you. Results will not happen overnight but that does not mean they aren’t on the way. Stick with it and you will see noticeable results.
You deserve to get as much as possible out of your routine and so a word to the wise – practice on an empty stomach. Eating a big meal beforehand will only make you feel bulky and prevent you from having the most optimal workout.
In most cases, it won’t take you long before you have the routine put together that works best for you. Stick with it and be open to trying new things. That’s the best recipe for yoga success.
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