How To Yoga In 8 Easy Steps

There are many types of yoga that have an emphasis on the how to practice this could be the asanas, the breathing technique or the connecting flow in between. Yet, in spite of the differences, there are certain commonalities among the many and varied forms of yoga. Below you will find the 8 easy steps of Yoga that you need to know and understand before you do yoga.

Asanas

The term asana literally means seat. In yoga, asanas are poses or postures. They are positions the practitioner places his or her body into to reach the goal of the practice. Asanas comprise the 3rd limb of the Astanga. Many may argue that yoga starts and ends with the asanas. They are essential elements of many types of yoga including Hatha Yoga and its offshoots.

Various asanas are practiced in yoga. Some include the Bharadvajasana (an asymmetrical twist), the Gomukhasana (Cow-face pose) and the Utthita Parsvakonasana (an abdomen muscle toner). There is also the Parivrtta Parsvakonasana or revolved side angle pose. Some basic asanas include the Dhanurasana or Bow, the Parvatasana (Mountain), the Jatara Parivartanasana or Crocodile for fat reduction and pelvis stretching Supta Virasana.

In many types of yoga, asanas combine with pranayama (breath). A common example of this is the Sun Salutation.this, as the name suggests is the greeting of the sun. It consists of a number of movements interconnected into a series and linked through the breathing techniques.

Bhakti

Bhakti is love or devotion. It is the root of some forms of yoga, including Bhakti Yoga. Those who opt to focus on Bhakti are choosing to follow a religious path. It is a route with the aim of achieving union with the Absolute.

Dyhana

This is the term for meditation. It comprises the 7th limb of the Astanga. Dyhana is a form of mind control. It is a means of stopping and realizing through the meditative state all existence. IT is a step along the path towards Perfection.

Mantra

Mantra

A Mantra is a sacred sound or word. It is repeated in yoga verbally or internally to achieve a meditative state. A Mantra is a tool to help the practitioner obtain spiritual transformation. The word, syllable or sound is usually simple and short. The best-known Mantra is OM. OM or Aum is also the most sacred of Mantras. Whatever the choice of Mantra, there must always be intent. A practitioner chants with willfulness.

Mudra

A Mudra is a symbol. In yoga, this is a specific and symbolic hand gesture (hasta mudras). There are many types of hand gestures. Traditionally, there are 24 mudras. Yoga may have an infinite number.

Hand Mudras are based on Hindi concepts of the flow of energy and the 5 elements. These are fire, air, ether, earth and water. Each digit on the hand represents an elemental force with the power to help conduct and direct the flow of energy. The thumb is fire, the forefinger air, the middle finger is ether, the ring finger is earth and the little finger or pinky is water.

Niyama

Niyama is the personal attitude of the practitioner. It is the 2nd limb of the Astanga. Traditionally, there are 10 Niyamas. Others state there are 5. These are personal codes for living your life. They involve

• Sauca or purity of the mind and body

• Samtosa or contentment with your lot or reality in life

• Tapas or balance and strength of being

• Svadhyana or self-examination

• Isvarapranidhana or the celebration of the Spiritual or the Divine

Pranayama

Prana means life force or energy. Anayama means stretch, expand or regulate. Pranayama combines these 2 terms to indicate control of the breath. Pranayama is the 4th limb of Astanga. It is the control of breath or breathing. It usually works in close relationship with the practice of Asana. Pranayama techniques or methods vary according to the asana as well as the type of yoga a practitioner chooses to follow. There are 5 traditional breathing techniques:

• High Breathing

• Low Breathing

• Middle Breathing

• Complete or Total Breath

There are also different types of breath

• Ujayyi or victorious breath – full-lung breathing

• Kapalabhti or breath of fire – a cleansing breath

• Nadi shodbana or alternate nostril breathing

• Sitali Pranayam or cooling breath

All forms of breath and techniques are to help the student achieve the goal within the specific form of yoga. Yogic breathing is an aid in both understanding how we breathe and helping us tap into the vital life force of breath. As is the case with much of yoga, breathing is and should be mindful

Vinyasa

Folding Forward Bend

Vinyasa is the term used to describe the fluid movements from 1 asana to the next. It is the sequence of asanas. Vinyasa is breath-synchronized movement. The term may mean to place in a certain way. It is also mindful movement in most forms of yoga. Vinyasa can also refer to various movements that comprise a Sun Salutation Sequence. Vinyasa is part of Hatha Yoga. In Vinyasa Yoga, emphasis is on this particular aspect.

There are many things to learn in order to be able to understand yoga. The basic terminology can be confusing. The implementation of terms and their application may also vary within the different forms of yoga. There are, however, commonalities that bind the diverse types of yoga together. They provide a commonality that is stronger than the differences. Understanding this will help a beginner grasp the basics clearly before moving further along the path.

Yoga is a popular system in modern North America. It is extremely common in the United States. In the past several decades Yoga schools, teachers and classes have been busily popping up all across the country. There are several reasons for this.

The nature of Yoga is holistic or individualistic

It arrives and is shaped in many forms. Yoga is a method or a vehicle used to explore any of many things. These range from the perfect body to inner peace, self- empowerment to union with the environment or the Divine. If you want to devote yourself to seeking the Sublime Divine, there is a yoga for you. If you want to work out to obtain inner calm – there is a yoga for you. In fact, there is possibly a yoga type designed to meet the needs of almost everyone.

Traditional or Classical

Yoga may be traditional or classical such as Hatha Yoga. It may be exercise- oriented such as Power Yoga. Yoga may also involve its followers and practitioners in a search for their meaning in life, unity with the Divine or in activism. While Hatha Yoga provides the basic essence for many North American Yoga practices, there are inspirations from other Asian countries. Thai and Zen Yoga are but 2 of an ever widening approach to a singular process.

Yet, in spite of the varied groups who urge individuals to practice yoga in accordance to their concepts and methods, yoga remains constant in its affinity to its origins. In it, the importance of the breath of life is paramount. It is only through breath that the energy of our life and the reality of our life is manifestly obvious.

Yoga utilizes breathing and all that it entails and symbolizes. Even when reduced to physical exercises, breath remains important and significant. When a practitioner combines the breathing techniques of pranayama with asana (movements, postures or even motions) and meditation, the result is complete. It is as individualistic or group encompassing as yoga, the practitioner and teacher permit.

Conclusion

Mudra

It is not surprising yoga remains popular and continues to build a strong basis. It adapts with the times while keeping its central truth at the core. There is no surprise here. In turning to yoga, some find the means to tone their body and strengthen their inner core; others find a way to reach an inner peace and uncover the true meaning of spiritual.

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Namaste Shane.

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 program or making any changes to your diet.

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “How To Yoga In 8 Easy Steps”

  1. Nice post about Yoga.  I never new there were so many different terms in yoga.  I have never done yoga before but I am considering starting.  I am not big on exercise and thought yoga might not be that strenuous. What yoga do you recommend for someone over 50 and starting yoga for the first time?

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    • Hello Chris, 

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post. 

      Great question to ask me. 

      To start practicing yoga you must start slowly to begin with. 

      I would suggest Hatha yoga. 

      Generally yoga teachers will understand you are new and not push you beyond your limits.

      Namaste Shane.

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