Yoga For Beginners, Tips & Techniques You’ll Need To Know
Do you lead a life that involves a lot of sitting? At work? At home? It seems like all you do is sit. This isn’t good for your body or your health, but one way to get more flexible and help your joints from hurting is yoga.
Yoga can be practiced by most people because it can be done at your level of experience. There are poses for the beginner, as well as the advanced. The best thing about yoga is that it can help your body and your mind.
Depending on the style of yoga you decide to practice it can strengthen your core, as well as help your mind through meditation. But before you begin you’ll needs some tips and techniques to get you started. You want to make sure that you are safe and getting the most out of your poses.
Tips & Techniques For Beginner Yogi’s
1.Know Your Level
When you’re first starting out you’ll need to know where your level of fitness is at. Don’t lie to yourself and hurt. Yoga can be practiced by most people, but that doesn’t mean they will be an expert as soon as they start, so don’t expect too much when you’re a beginner.
Take your time, learn the poses and concentrate on performing the poses right.
2. Start Slow
Do the yoga poses that you are able to do – don’t try to rush what you’re body isn’t able to do. When you first start you’re not going to be as flexible and might not be able to do all of the poses. Work on those that are comfortable, but challenging enough to make your work during the poses.
3. What to Wear
This really depends on the style you’re going to practice, but it is a good rule of thumb to dress comfortable. This could be yoga pants and a sports bra, but it also could mean loose fitting clothes that aren’t constricting.
Wear what makes you feel comfortable, but also remember that some of the poses might have your upper torso bend over – so if you’re wearing a loose fitting shirt it will follow gravity.
4. Bring Water
Make sure that you stay hydrated. This is true with any exercise, but people often forget to bring water. You’ll need to make sure that your joints stay lubricated to perform the yoga poses.
5. Respect Your Limitations
Concentrate on what you’re able to do and get those poses down and then move on to more advanced ones. Don’t compare yourself to someone that might have more experience than you do.
They’ve been doing it longer and their body has gradually got to that level. By keeping up the exercise you’ll get their too.
Yoga is an exercise that combines the poses and breathing. This might be hard for you to do when you’re first starting because you’re trying to get the moves down and not thinking about how you’re breathing.
7. Get a Teacher
You can buy DVD’s to start a yoga routine in your home, but in some situations going to a class and participating in a group activity might be the best. Teachers have years of experience and will be able to help you with the poses.
This could take a frustrating experience by yourself and create an amazing time learning with others that lasts for years.
Plus if you’re doing one of the poses incorrectly the teacher will see how you are doing it and be able to help correct it. This might mean the difference between a pose that stretches your body or one that you get injured on.
8. Ask Questions
Yoga is a lot of different moves and poses, so if you’re not sure make sure to ask how they are done properly. That is what the yoga teacher is there for – make use of their knowledge.
You don’t want to get hurt and someone else might be having difficulty with the same pose or have the same question.
There are also other ways to ask for help if you’re not in a class. Go where other yogi’s are online. This could mean a forum, a Facebook group or page, other social media platforms or other websites.
There is also the option of calling the Yoga Studio and asking a teacher questions. They might be busy and unable to ask too many, but you could definitely try.
Get to know other Yogi’s. No matter where you’re at there is probably people meeting to perform yoga. Not all of it is in a classroom. Research your area and see when the local meetup is happening and go get acquainted with other’s who practice. While you’re there ask your questions.
9. Listen To Your Body
Some of these poses might be difficult, especially for a beginner – so don’t force yourself to perform every single pose. Listen to what you’re body is telling you. Are you stretching this pose too far? Does it feel comfortable? Is it challenging, but the feel is fine? Or are you in pain with the pose?
Pain isn’t supposed to be part of the yoga experience and if you’re feeling it then you’re probably not doing the pose right. Ask your teacher if you go to a class to help you with any poses this is happening with or research online and see if you can find the proper way to hold your body for the poses. This could be articles or videos. Make sure you get the answer you need before trying to force your body to continue to do the pose that causes you pain.
10. Use Props To Get Knee Pain Relief
Some of the poses that you’ll be asked to do might cause knee pain if this is already an issue. One way to avoid this is to use props to help you with the poses. Don’t be shy. You might not need them in the future, but it is always better to be safe and look after your body.
11. Sticky Mat
You’ll be practicing your yoga moves on a mat and it is best to get one that isn’t going to slip around everywhere. Invest in one that will stick to the floor and keep you safe.
12. Empty Stomach
Perform yoga on an empty stomach. You’ll find that in the morning is probably going to be the best time to get your yoga exercise in because the suggested time is two to three hours before eating.
Yoga will help you develop an inner peace that other types of exercise might not. This helps when you’re extremely stressed out, have anxiety or are dealing with pressure. Yoga teaches you how to breathe in a mindful manner and that helps calm the mind.
That’s not all the yoga does for someone. The yoga movements concentrate on building your core and strengthening your body by using your body weight and muscles. This creates a stronger you and makes you more flexible.
Yoga is a positive experience that you’ll enjoy if you know a few simple tips about the practice before you begin. Follow the tips in this article to keep yourself safe and give yourself an advantage in your knowledge.