Beginners Yoga: Tips and Information
When first learning about yoga, how it works, and how to participate, it can seem confusing. But by understanding the basics, you can begin to work towards building your confidence with the ultimate stress relieving exercise.
Yoga was created around the idea that to experience optimal health, you need to focus on bringing the mind, body, and spirit together as one.
It is done by forming a series of postures called "Asanas". Through a series of asanas and meditation, Yoga will help you to stretch, become flexible, strengthen your mind and body... as well as find inner peace and calm. Yoga is often used as a strength and flexibility exercise as well as a tool for stress management. In many places around the world, yoga and meditation are also used for spiritual enlightenment. However, it is not directly a part of any religion in a way that would conflict with any religious beliefs you may or may not have.
There is a lot more to Yoga and frankly this section could go on forever, however, understanding the short version that I've given you here is enough to help you understand the exercise you seek to learn.
As some of the yoga asanas can be complicated, it's extremely important that you choose a beginners class or a beginners instructional DVD like the one included in this Yoga for Beginner's Kit.
There are many different types and styles of yoga and the one(s) you choose to practice will be based on personal choice. Some of the factors that should influence that decision are:
Once you have an understanding of what your needs are and what you would like to achieve with yoga, you can begin looking for the right exercise for you.
To begin, you'll also need to consider what type of equipment or tools you will need. For starters, you'll want to purchase a yoga mat (like this non-slip one from Gaiam) and as a beginner, it will most likely be important for you to have Yoga Blocks for support and to help you with modifying moves until you build up your strength and flexibility.
If you will be participating in a class, be sure to call ahead to find out what equipment they will provide for you. Often both blocks and mats are available, but if you want to practice yoga in the comfort of your own home, these items will be essential (and don't worry, they're extremely cost effective). Consider this purchase an investment in your health and well-being.
Be sure that you wear comfortable and flexible clothing during your workout, and don't worry about shoes... they're not needed. Your yoga exercise should be done barefoot or with no-slip socks.
Now that you've got the basics in mind, it's time to get started! Find the gear you need, and locate a program that will work for you and begin to use yoga to manage your stress and your health today!
Please Note: While yoga is a great exercise and can bring improvements to your health and well being, it isn't right for everyone. Doing the exercises incorrectly can cause injury and you should never push yourself if it doesn't feel right. As always, be sure to get your Doctor's approval before beginning this or any exercise program.