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Yoga for beginners
Are you looking to start doing yoga? But don’t know anything about the practice? You’re thinking of attending a yoga class but do not know where to start? Then this article is perfect for you. This post comes from the fact that often the amateur, not knowing anything about the world of yoga, is likely to quit sooner. Sometimes these can even lead beginner to abandon this path even before starting it! So get your foot off to the right start.
Yoga offers many benefits such as the elimination of stress, increasing flexibility, strengthening of the whole body, and many others; but to experience all that is necessary to begin this practice in the right way. As you read this you will discover many tips to get you started this long journey and wonderful in the world of yoga. Enjoy the reading!
First of all.. WHAT IS YOGA?
Most likely you’ve already heard something about this topic: “yoga is a sport”, “yoga is a religion”. Actually, it is such a broad discipline that reduce it to only one aspect would be wrong. Yoga is not only a form of meditation or a tradition from India. Nor is it a form of gymnastics or a way to lose weight, nor a way to reduce stress. Yoga is all this together and so much more!
This ancient discipline can be confused with a simple exercise. Because, according to a beginner, the two practices may be similar. Yoga provides some targeted practices of meditation to calm the nervous system and keep the lungs healthy. It helps you stay in shape, reduce stress levels and controls body weight. However, you should always consult your doctor before attempting any physical program.
The myths about yoga are endless.
“If you are not flexible you cannot do yoga”
“Yoga is a religion”
“If you are not thin you cannot do yoga”
“If you are not vegetarian you cannot start this practice”
“In practice, they chant the mantra all the time in an unknown tongue”
And I could go on and fill the page with only the absurdities that we usually hear about yoga. Anyone can practice yoga. It is not necessary to be thin, flexible and strong. These are just some of the benefits and not, as many people think, the prerequisites.
Yoga is a 5000 year old discipline, aimed at re-balancing both the body and the mind. Thus, so remove from the mind all the stereotypes you’ve heard about yoga and give it a try! Yoga involves different kind of practices such as: the positions (asana in Sanskrit, they are the most common practiced techniques), breathing exercises (pranayama in Sanskrit) and meditation. If practiced regularly, yoga keeps you healthy. It can make the onset of diseases to other problems related to body imbalances disappear. It gives greater mental clarity, balance emotions and much more. Let’s take a closer look to understand which are the real benefits of yoga.
Benefits of yoga
- It reduces anxiety, depression, panic attacks.
- Through the practice of breathing and meditation techniques, you learn to handle the emotional field. This helps us maintain our unconscious fears.
- It strengthens your body (and mind)
- Some yoga sessions can be challenging and they are like considered complete workout. Practicing yoga will help you to get stronger both in body and mind.
- It increases flexibility, balance, concentration.
- Having a flexible and strong body not only means feeling good in general. But having a stronger and more resilient muscles, to be able to prevent muscle injuries.
- It helps improve athletic performance, above all to be more flexible towards ourselves and to others.
- Developing flexibility in the body, we also develop mental agility, becoming more likely to face problems.
- In general, they believe that yoga has helped fight the most common illnesses, such as colds, coughs, constipation and gastric problems.
- Some yoga exercises involve movements forward and backward spine, others help lateral movements. Some purify the lungs, throat, etc.
- Thus, the body is being developed as a totality, is toned and strengthened. It becomes flexible, and thus prevents stagnation of blood in any part of the body.
- So, yoga practice may boost the immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies and activating the lymphatic system needed to fight infections, it eliminates toxins and pathogens that attack our system.
Let’s see some basic yoga pose for beginners to start practicing this amazing discipline.
Mountain pose (Tadasana)
This is the first pose you need to know to start practicing yoga. It’s called foundation pose too. It seems like an easy pose. But it involves all the body and it requests your complete engagement in both position and mind focus.
Position: standing on your feet try to feel the ground. Try to feel all the five toes on the floor. Find yourself grounded. Keep your arms on the sides. Shoulders back, strengthen your core and your legs and breathe.
Benefits: It improves your posture and increase your energy.
Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)
Position: standing, right leg bent forwards, with the foot parallel to the mat. Left leg extended backward, with the foot perpendicular to the front foot. Body shot forwards. Arms extended upward, hands folded and look at the hands. Keep the gaze toward and your hands up.
After five deep breaths, repeat with the left leg.
Benefits: opening of the rib cage and pelvis, strengthening the legs.
Corpse pose (Savasana)
Position: lie on your back with your arms at your sides and your palms facing up. Slightly open your legs and feet to turn outward. Eyes closed. All the body is in complete relaxation. This pose can be used as a meditation pose. But usually yogi uses Savasana as closing pose after an intense yoga session to enjoy it. And appreciate the practice in a deeper inner way.
Benefits: absolute relaxation for both your body and your mind