Yoga is an ancient and complex practice, rooted in Indian philosophy. It began as a spiritual practice but has become popular as a way of promoting physical and mental well-being. It allows you to focus on your body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing. Because there are so many different kinds of yoga practices, it is possible for anyone to start.
There are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style. Explore your limits, it’s a great way to get in tune with your body and has many benefits which include:
- increased flexibility
- increased muscle strength and tone
- improved respiration, energy and vitality
- maintaining a balanced metabolism
- weight reduction
- cardio and circulatory health
- improved athletic performance
- protection from injury
Tips to get started
Whether you’re a beginner or expert, here are some tips for effective yoga practice:
- Go slow. If you’re practicing in the morning, take your time and ease into the positions, because your body might need to warm up at first.
- Listen to your body. If you feel pain or “overstretching,” stop. You’ve reached your “full expression.” If you’re having a hard time or breathing problems, move into Corpse Pose: Lie flat on your back with your hands facing upwards. Do this until you feel better.
- Watch and learn. If you’re a beginner practicing alone, it might help to look at some videos first and become familiar with the various moves. If you think you’d like to do more, try finding a class that’s appropriate for your level.
- Ask your healthcare provider. Discuss the different forms of yoga, so you can choose what’s right for you. This is especially important for those with heart conditions, older adults, or women who are pregnant.
Give yoga a try!
There are many different forms of yoga available, so depending on what you’re looking to get out of it, there should be something for you to try. Activate the relaxation response in your mind and body in this calming yoga sequence that combines gentle yoga postures, breathing, and mindful awareness.