You most likely have a couple of preconceived ideas and perhaps an image of an elderly man with a long beard sitting in the lotus position appears into your mind. How about we go step by step in a beginners Yoga session.
The mental and health benefits of Yoga are easy to understand for those who have practiced Yoga. Yoga is an effective way of strengthening you physically as well as mentally and spiritually. This last ‘spiritual’ aspect may turn some people off, but it’s not something that needs to be associated with religion.
It enables you to be a more peaceful and content within yourself. Put like that it sounds quite extraordinary.
So you’ve most likely heard very little about Yoga and thought to yourself what is it all about.
The Preparation Steps:
Most Yoga classes start in a standing position also known as Mountain Pose (Tadasna). There are both mental and physical reasons for this and they are closely connected.
The standing position is the most natural Human position there is. What this means is that a standing pose comes naturally to us – we are not worried about getting it wrong and we can concentrate of the state of the body. Breathing exercises will be a key part of the warm up stage for your routine.
This is the only time in your life you will be ‘taught’ to breath and it’s a skill which allows people to restore calm to their bodies and thoughts.
The Physical Steps:
While the primary session is about releasing built up energies, this phase of your Yoga workout is all about allowing that energy to flow around your body.
Many people have trouble with thinking about some strange mystic force that is flowing through you and driving it to certain parts of your body.
If you are one of them just mentally substitute the word ‘energy’ with the word ‘blood’.
We know that the job of blood is to carry nutrients and oxygen around our body, and we know that if any part of our body is lacking in this supply that we will become ill.
So it’s not a huge stretch to think of blood as the mystic energy force that brings health around our body.
Exercises such as Yoga as being the method of ensuring the smooth and successful flow of that blood.
The Meditation Steps:
It is all about releasing built up tensions, in this stage of your Yoga workout.
Allowing that energy to flow around your body.
What The Yoga Beginner Can Expect
Whenever we start something new we have a certain feeling of trepidation and uncertainty of the unknown.
In most cases it is completely unfounded and we get on with things very quickly and easily.
Sometimes it isn’t and a simple little thing can cause us to have an entirely negative first impression and perhaps even never want to try that activity or pastime again.
Yoga has so many health benefits, on both a physical and spiritual level, that it would be a tragedy for anyone to miss out on them.
That they may have made any avoidable beginners mistakes on their first day.
With that in mind this article addresses some beginners yoga mistakes of a new Yogi, and how to make sure they don’t happen to you.
What Do You Want From Yoga.
The reality is that there are various styles of Yoga and each has its different benefits.
Ask yourself what it was about Yoga in general that appealed to you and then you can try a style that suits you more specifically.
You may like to set goals, be they physical, mental or spiritual.
If you do then it’s a good idea to discuss them with the instructor of your class before you begin.
Yoga instructors are usually very approachable and happy to talk about their passion.
They will be able to talk to you about your goals for the class and let you know if you are being realistic, aiming too high or too low.
Make sure you goal includes a time frame so it becomes something that is measurable.
Look Before You Leap
Having made the decision to give Yoga a go many people take a running leap and jump in to a 12-month stage by stage class.
These classes are usually an upfront payment arrangement and progress from one level to the next as the weeks progress.
They are a fantastic way of learning Yoga and becoming very good at it, but it’s quite possibly you will choose a class that is not ideal for you.
The best way around this is to join a Yoga beginner class, also known as a drop in class.
If you do these classes for a few weeks you will notice a high turnover of students as new people join and old people move on.
These classes are designed to give you a very broad feel for the different types of Yoga.
The level of the students in the class usually varies greatly so you can expect the instructor to keep the classes quite tame.
The other key benefit of doing this is that the classes are pay as you go so there is no big financial outlay for you while you decide the type and style of yoga that best suits you.
You are also not obliged to attend every class.
With the longer courses you can fall behind quickly if you miss a week or two in a row.
With the pay as you go classes you will find that while each class is different the level stays quite low to cater for the newer people joining in.
Pick The Right Teacher
Traditionally a Yogi had to be an apprentice to a skilled Guru for many years before he could teach even the simplest of Yoga technique.
Nowadays a 3-day course over a long weekend is considered enough by some people.
There is a big difference in what you will achieve depending on the skills and abilities of the person teaching you.
Yoga is starting to make a regular appearance on the sports’ injury list and a large reason for this is instructors who have been taught just enough to be dangerous.
A qualified teacher won’t necessarily be fantastic and an unqualified teacher won’t necessarily be terrible – but the odds are certainly cast in that direction,
It’s a good idea to check your instructors background and qualifications before you begin studying with them.
Best advice is to take small steps. There is no rush needed, you have the rest of your life to master the art of yoga.
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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet