Yoga Tips for Beginners

Yoga Tips for Beginners

Despite being used as a tool for fitness, meditation and positive thinking in India for more than 5,000 years, this is one of the newer exercises that has only taken off in the UK over the past few years. No doubt you’ve seen it, even if you haven’t tried it, and it involves stretching your body in a variety of weird and wonderful ways and combining fitness with meditation and breathing exercises.

Yoga’s a great way to get in shape and if you’re not much of a gym bunny this can be something you can do at home with the help of a yoga DVD or even with the Wii Fit, or you can join a local gym class. If you’re thinking about taking it up, here are a few tips to make the whole experience a little easier!

  • Borrow a yoga book or DVD from a friend or a library before you go to your first class, as this will give you an idea of what the poses are like and what’s involved and you can have a practice before you go.
  • Shop around. There are loads of different yoga classes which emphasise different style such as fitness, strength, meditation etc so it’s important to find one that’s right for you.
  • Make sure you like your teacher! Find a teacher that you like and trust and is happy to give individual attention to help you with your poses and remember that yoga is all about peace of mind so a good teacher will help you to get the best out of yoga.
  • Find the right clothes. Clothing for yoga shouldn’t be too loose or too tight fitting – too tight and you risk exposing parts of yourself that you don’t want other people to see and if it’s too loose you’ll get twisted up when you do your poses. The best thing to do is try on your yoga outfit in front of a mirror and try out a few simple poses to make sure that it fits correctly. You can even get special yoga clothes like this adidas yoga top or yoga bottoms.
  • Try to avoid eating heavy meals before class as it will make you feel heavy and tired.
  • Be sure to tell your instructor if you have any injuries as with any other exercise, some poses may exacerbate your symptoms.
  • Yoga is traditionally performed barefoot but many Yogi’s (that’s people who do yoga to you and me!) prefer to get their own mat to use for hygiene reasons – such as this Reebok mat and it is definitely a good idea if you go down the DVD route.

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One Comment

  1. Posted by Raina on July 14, 2010

    Yoga is a vast science with a number of stages. To get proper benefits from yoga one should move ahead step by step. Person with out the knowledge of primary stage can’t get the benefit from the higher one, infect he may harm himself.
    There is a particular criteria of yoga teaching for beginner, intermediate and advance practitioner, and to get perfection in yoga one should follow this criteria.

    Raina, Divinewellness

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