The true journey into yoga begins with a desire to live a more peaceful life. Even though the average beginner yoga student may be totally unaware of that yearning, the thing that keeps every student of yoga coming back to their mats is the inner connection between breath, body, mind and spirit. Yoga is a door to a state of harmony that would otherwise get lost amidst the buzzing of emails, video chats, text messages and another level on Angry Birds. This evolution into a full-fledged spiritual discipline often starts with a much more humble beginning. ~Kino MacGregor A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO YOGA
Helpful tips for those new to yoga
- Yoga is for everybody, yes, EVERY BODY.
- You are not too old, too inflexible, too fat, or too anything
- With Yoga you start where you are, honoring your abilities and limitations with respect and ease.
- If you have serious spine or other concerns, see your doctor and ask what to avoid. Then focus on the things you can do that benefit you. Some yoga poses may need to be avoided or modified.
- If you feel nervous about coming to a class, go to the local library and check out a bunch of DVDs. Look them over and choose one or two that seem like a good fit.
- Whether you start in an actual class or at home with a DVD, make sure it is for beginners. Focus on the positioning, going slow. If there is a pose that doesn’t feel right for you, or you need a break, gently come down into child’s pose, seen below.
- Eventually you will learn to incorporate the breath with each movement. This isn’t so easy in the beginning but it does come with time and becomes second nature.
- You don’t need much to start, just an area to stretch and move in peace. You will want to get a yoga mat eventually, as well as a block and a strap.
- Yoga can be done any time during the day. For me, early morning is best. I feel that it is a great way to start the day.