Several tips will help a beginner enter the world of yoga. Yoga is not only a great way to relax and integrate the mind, body, and spirit, but it is an amazing workout for improving flexibility and muscle tone. To begin, it is recommended you find an instructor and yoga class to attend to help you learn the poses. There is not really any equipment needed, although it is good to have your own mat. Read on to learn more tips on how to begin practicing yoga.
Yoga is a meditative journey as well as a physical one, and it is good to have the right attitude or state of mind to fully reap the rewards of yoga. This will come in time, with an open mind. To start, find a yoga class in your area, preferably a beginner's class. Wear loose fitting or stretchy clothes and ascertain whether you need to bring your own mat. Arrive early to let the instructor know that it is your first time. This will help you to familiarize yourself with the space, borrow a mat if necessary, and relax yourself before beginning.
If there is not a yoga class available for you to take, you should find a good book or instructional video to guide you through a yoga session. Find a clean, spacious spot to practice yoga. The air should be well ventilated and fresh to breathe. Most importantly, make sure it's a quiet place where no one will bother you. This is a key element in truly focusing your attention on yoga and paying close attention to your breathing. Remember that it is a good idea to warm up and stretch your muscles before beginning your yoga session. A good book or video will instruct you on this.
Practicing yoga just 15 minutes a day can improve muscle tone and body coordination. For best results, practice for 30 minutes every morning. Avoid eating right before yoga and, preferably, wait four hours after eating a meal to begin your yoga session. When you are just beginning to learn the poses of yoga, take caution not to overwork your muscles. If any pose doesn't feel right or causes pain, stop immediately. Having an instructor can be a great benefit to the beginner, because the newbie can learn how to do the poses correctly, as well as be told when they're doing them incorrectly.
Once you are warmed up and ready to start yoga poses, or asanas, keep in mind that it is best to master just a few to begin. As well, it is better to do a movement one time correctly than many times wrong, so take your time and concentrate on the feeling of the movements and the rhythm of your breath. Some of the poses that are good for beginners include downward dog, triangle, cobra, and tree pose. Learn child's pose as a resting pose to come to between more demanding poses. These poses represent one from each category of standing, seated, backbends, balancing, and relaxing poses. Take your time in learning these, be diligent in practicing daily, and make sure to always breathe.