So you finally decided to do something for yourself; your mind, and your health? You have heard about yoga and its positive effects on body and mind, but you do not know much about it? In this blog, you will find basic information you need to know before you start practicing yoga.
What is yoga?
Yoga is a simple technique that you will combine with yourself using breath, body, and mind. It is easy to overcome it and does not make any effort. Originally from India, yoga as a spiritual skill has a tradition of over 5,000 years and is far more than just another exercise method – it is a way of life, a whole worldview that helps in the easy mastering of everyday efforts and a better understanding of the meaning of life. Today, yoga has been adapted to the urban and stressful way of life.
Yoga for beginners
Yoga beginners usually identify yoga with the difficult positions of bodies in which it is like rubber. But the real meaning of yoga is not to touch your toes or to pull out 98 degrees in the northeast direction. You do not have to be Miss Flexibility or a Mr Rubber to practice yoga. These are urban myths and forget about them before you start practicing yoga, just relax and step into a world that will bring you joy and relaxation.
Look for expert advice
It is best to start yoga with the help of a yoga teacher who will show you how to properly master every single technique. The teacher will help you with the yoga poses and avoid injuries. A good teacher will help you adapt or modify the poses to suit your body, and any existing injuries or medical conditions you may have, and they should encourage you to listen to your body, which is why it is important that if you have any health problems, tell your teacher before starting the exercise.
Wear comfortable clothes
When practicing yoga, dress comfortably. You do not need to wear the fanciest lycra or to shop in Sweaty Betty. Avoid straps and jewellery as it may interfere with your exercises.
Although yoga practice is best performed in the morning, you can exercise at any time of the day – it is important to practice regularly. If the morning exercise does not fit into your schedule, practice it later, but do not give up.
Do not practice after a meal
Yoga is best to practice on an empty stomach or at least 2-3 hours after a meal. It is also recommended that during the day you drink at least 3-4 litres of water to keep your body well hydrated and functioning optimally.
You are unique
When you are in position, be happy with it, and don’t compare with anyone. Each body is different, and each person is on a different level. Just as with any other exercise type, the body takes a little time to get used to yoga postures. Keep practising regularly and be patient.
You will enjoy the yoga experience only by practising regularly. Yoga includes yoga postures, ancient philosophy, breathing techniques and meditation. Each, on their own, or together, will take you beyond the limits of your body and provide you with the experience of spirituality and tranquility.
Take time and be patient and you will be healthier, smarter, more efficient and more dedicated.
You will be one of those happy people who practice yoga!