Benefits of Yoga, Yoga for Beginners

How to start with yoga – a fellow blog

A post from a blog called yogaposition.wordpress.com. It goes back to the basics of yoga.
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What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient and scientifically formulated discipline comprising of a series of physical asanas (poses or exercises), breathing techniques and meditation, which bring about complete harmony and balance of the body, mind and soul. They not only rid the body of many ailments, they also strengthen and tone the body, while also reducing tension and stress.

Taking beginner yoga lessons: If you are a beginner, who wishes to start yoga, do not be overwhelmed by the numbers and various types of yoga lessons which are on offer. First of all, decide where you would like to practice yoga – at home or in a class. Do you wish to practice it alone or in a group? With yoga’s rising popularity, classes are available in most cities. You just have to find something which suits your personality, your pocket and your state of fitness.

  • Online yoga lessons: If you wish to practice yoga at home, or if there are no yoga classes near your home, you can take advantage of the many online yoga lessons. These can be accessed on the internet. They offer CDs which can be downloaded and then practiced in the privacy of your home.
  • Private yoga lessons: There are many yoga instructors who teach on a one-to-one basis. You can visit their classes or studios; the teacher will set aside a specific time for you, and you will be the only student. Some teachers may also agree to visit you at home for private yoga lessons. These however, may cost you more since they are more exclusive.
  • Group yoga lessons: These are the most popular. Most people find that taking yoga instructions as part of a group is more enjoyable. A yoga class which is near your home or place of work, may be convenient.

How to prepare: There is not much preparation needed. You need to wear comfortable clothes. You may probably need a yoga mat or a blanket.

Precautions:

  • Don’t stretch yourself beyond your limits.
  • Don’t practice yoga on a full stomach, and don’t drink water during the class.
  • Follow a regular time every day.

Beginner yoga poses: Yoga poses can be standing, sitting, supine, or twists. It is best to start with a few basic yoga poses such as:

  • Cat Pose (Bidalasana)
  • Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
  • Child Pose (Balasana)
  • Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukho Svanasana)
  • Plough Pose (Halasana)
  • Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)
  • Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
  • Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
  • Fish Pose (Matsyasana)
  • Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottansana)
  • Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
  • Hands to Feet Pose (Pada Hastasana)
  • Crane Pose (Bakasana)
  • Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
  • Corpse Pose (Savasana)

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