Yoga for Beginners

How Do I Start A Daily Yoga Practice?

shutterstock_119859847Among the many different types of fitness activities, yoga has seemingly spread everywhere in our current society. Due to the fact that yoga is becoming more readily accessible as well as the fact that it comes in many different forms and varieties, more and more people are interested in taking up this ancient art form.

And just like any other fitness plans or goals, a lot of people find it hard to make the leap from the idea and planning stage towards the actual routine stage. Proper research and planning will help in starting a daily yoga practice. Most of all, getting up and taking the first few steps towards your goal is still the best. There are countless versions of yoga to choose from and finding the right routine will help you maintain it over the long run. Start with something simple and easy to accomplish and gradually progress into harder and more challenging stances and positions.

Another advantage of yoga is that it requires minimal gear to start practicing it. Comfortable clothing that is breathable and stretchy is a start. Yoga pants need not be the prescribed form of attire. A loose shirt and shorts will do just fine for beginners. One real requirement though is a proper yoga mat. Yoga positions may take one from the floor and into the air, twisting and turning into various positions. A comfortable and non-slip yoga mat will ensure safety throughout the practice. Additional gear such as a block or strap to help reach the proper positions and postures can be made from common household items.

Next thing to take into consideration is whether or not to practice at home, in a yoga studio or at a gym. While the internet can provide valuable resources for those looking to practice yoga in the privacy of their own home, it doesn’t hurt to enroll in a class and learn from a true professional. Learning from a yoga teacher will help create a better foundation in understanding and appreciating yoga. If you are a beginner, it would help to familiarize yourself with the basic poses prior to going to your first yoga class.

While yoga is usually considered as an ideal morning exercise, it is still viable to practice it at any other time of the day. Choosing a convenient time in your day-to-day schedule will help you build and maintain a routine. Whether it be for early risers as a means of maintaining energy levels throughout the day or those who prefer midday or evening yoga as a means of stress relieving, finding time is key in practicing yoga daily.

Location is also a key factor in creating a daily practice. Your yoga studio or gym should be conveniently located near your place. This will make it easier for you to follow through with your routine since it’s already close to where you live or work. When practicing at home, choose a small quite location where a yoga mat can be spread out. Make sure that the chosen location is well ventilated, clean and clear of any furniture or other objects that may cause accidents. Make this location a place of positive energy and good vibes in order to increase your chances of sticking to the routine.

Eating is another aspect that beginners are baffled with. With the different postures that will get a practitioner standing, sitting, squatting or lying down, a relatively empty stomach is the way to go. But for those who find themselves incapable to doing physical activities on an empty stomach, eating is still and option. But it is still best to practice yoga around 2-3 hours after a meal.

Shopping for proper yoga clothes will also make you more excited to start and continue with the practice. As mentioned earlier, yoga attire can be made up of simple and comfortable clothing. Avoid very tight clothes that may hinder proper movements when going in and out of a pose. Avoid wearing jewelry when practicing yoga and for those who want some soothing music to go with their routine, ditch the earphones and replace them with some good old fashioned speakers.

Just like any other form of physical activity, warming up your muscles before doing something strenuous will go a long way in preventing accidents or injuries. Especially when proceeding with more advanced and complicated poses.
Take it slowly and surely. Do not force yourself to do things beyond what your body can do. Knowing the current limits of your body and slowly challenging them step by step is the proper path. Start simple and work your way up from there. It can be frustrating at first, especially if there are poses that you can’t seem to master or progress in. However, yoga is no competition and you just have to constantly practice these poses until you can perform them flawlessly.

To fully grasp the full range of benefits from yoga, it is best to build up a daily routine. By sparing a few minutes each day, every day, as opposed to having long sessions every few days, the body and mind will start to fall into a routine that will stick for a life time. The best benefits of yoga, which go beyond the physical, will start to manifest when you practice longer. Thus, creating a routine and practicing it on a daily basis will help you make it a habit, one that will not be easy for you to ditch in lieu of other activities.

Some people might find themselves losing interest in an activity after a period of time. Specially why they do this activity all by themselves. Integrate another positive part into your routine by either joining a group or inviting your family and friend to accompany you. After all, the saying goes ‘The more the merrier.’

After you have established your routine, spice things up on a regular basis by mixing, matching and changing the various yoga techniques, poses and styles. With the plethora of different options to choose from, finding yourself bored with the routine will be highly unlikely.

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