One of the best things about yoga, is that not much equipment is required to practice.
In fact, you don’t need any equipment to perform most of the basic exercises which makes it very easy for yoga to be practiced almost anywhere.
It also makes it easy for people of all ages to participate in yoga exercises and get the benefits that it will present to them.
Not Much Required:
Not only is it one of the most beneficial forms of exercise that you could undertake.
It’s also one of the few that requires virtually no investment of money other than some loose clothing to ensure that you can perform the poses comfortably.
Traditionally yoga is done in bare feet so you don’t even need to buy any special footwear to do yoga.
Unlike many sports you don’t even need to rely on additional supplements, vitamins and minerals to make up for any deficiencies that can be caused through specific forms of exercise.
Yoga in itself will improve your health and well-being and if anything reduce your dependence on the need to take additional supplements to compensate other factors that are lacking in your health and fitness.
Becoming More Adavanced:
As you become more advanced with your yoga exercises you might feel the need to add some additional equipment to assist in taking yourself to higher levels.
This can be as many as simple as a mat that will reduce the chance of slipping when doing your standing poses.
You might also like to get straps that can assist with your stretching although even these don’t need to be anything more than a piece of rope or a belt that you’ve probably got lying around the house.
Yoga is practiced extensively in countries where the people cannot afford to spend money on exercise equipment.
Fortunately basic equipment such as Yoga mats that will provide some form of cushioning and slip resistance on the floor, and bolsters that will help to get your body in the correct position, providing alignment for your spine and legs can be purchased for very little expense.
Even the genuine Yoga straps that will help you to achieve more flexibility by helping you to perform poses that you couldn’t otherwise do without the assistance of the strap, cost very little to purchase.
And the only other item that you could possibly need would be a blanket that most everybody has anyway.
Contrary to the incorrect comments that you often hear about yoga, it isn’t difficult to do.
Somes Poses Are More Difficult Than Others:
There are certainly poses and exercises that you might find difficult at your current level of fitness.
There might be some that you will never be able to do for one reason or another however the basic exercises are relatively simple.
The poses and exercises that you might see on videos, DVD’s and in the yoga books might seem impossible for you now but the extent that you want to advance is entirely determined by your choices.
Benefits From Just The Basics:
Great benefits can be achieved with even the most basic of exercises and often people who are unfit, tense or inflexible will notice the greatest improvements in the least amount of time.
People who are concerned about taking yoga lessons due to the fact that they consider them too difficult are more than likely the ones that need it the most.
If the frail and elderly can do yoga then there is no reason why anyone can’t do it.
Just Do Relaxation:
Even the relaxation exercises will have a huge impact on the mind and the positive outlook that it can bring to a person’s life.
All yoga exercises are performed at a slow and steady pace to reduce the chance of injury.
No one is ever expected to stretch beyond what they are comfortably able to achieve.
Find The Balance:
As yoga is all about balance you will be focusing on stretching one side of the body and then the corresponding side.
You will do an exercise that works the front of the body and then the back.
You will soon learn to see where there are areas that are out of balance and it is these that you will concentrate on to improve.
Often one side of the body is a lot more flexible than the other and this can be due to many factors including your occupation and even whether you are left or right-handed.
Start off with the basic movements and do so in a relaxed and effortless manner and you will soon find yourself progressing to more difficult poses that you will handle with ease.
There are various different yoga poses and they all focus on appropriate areas of body’s health strength and flexibility.
Difficult But Important:
The poses that are considered the most important are those that are performed while standing.
Many people find these quite difficult when they start out with their yoga training and particularly those in poor health or elderly who don’t have the strength to maintain good form initially.
These poses are extremely important because they help to build that strength.
They also help to bring about alignment in the body which improves your posture and reduces other problems such as back pain that is particularly common with elderly people or those who have not done any form of exercise for some time.
The standing poses also help to build stability which is very important for the elderly who are susceptible to falls and the ongoing health problems that these can bring about.
By adding strength to your legs when performing the standing poses the biggest muscles in the body are working towards helping to maintain your balance.
Flexibility and the stretching of the hamstrings will also reduce the incidence of lower back pain.
The back is also strengthened by the various different seated poses particularly in the lower back and the flexibility of the hips.
Seated poses are also excellent for elderly or sick people who are just starting out with yoga and need additional support until they are able to move on to the standing poses.
They also allow for an excellent position to relax and concentrate on the breathing.
From the seated position people still have the ability to stretch the hamstrings and relieve tension throughout the body and particularly in those areas at the back of the neck, upper shoulders and spine.
This is one area that elderly people can find a build up of tension as they tend to sit around much of the time without doing any form of exercise.
Stretching from seated poses helps to eliminate that tension.
What is required when practicing yoga, not much at all.
All you need is you, and the willingness to learn.
Go on get out there and give it a go, you may find out you even like it.
Nothing to lose at all.
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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.