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Yoga for Beginners

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0
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The very first yoga class can be quite scary with the "awkward" movements, super-stretchy yogis, and Sanskrit names for the yoga postures. Below are some useful tips & tricks.

Right before the first yoga session, one should ensure to speak to the teacher to discuss the fitness level as well as one's knowledge of yoga. Best instructors will approach beginners, however, usually a teacher misses spotting a new student-particularly at a drop-in class. So, one should not be shy to speak up.

When first arriving in a yoga session, one should take off his or her footwear, jacket as well as any other heavy winter/fall clothing. The pant legs should be rolled up to just above the ankle and the mobile phone should be turned of. A beginner should silently enter the yoga room and find a free mat or roll out his or her own mat (bumpy side should face up).

As other classmates come, they will do introspective poses such as cobra pose or lie quietly on the mats. Lying down comfortably or sitting or is a smart choice for the first session.

Depending on the type of yoga course, one should expect the instructor to show and explain the postures during the session. Generally, the English name and Sanskrit name and of the asana (word for posture/pose) are used. The good thing is one already knows one Sanskrit word - the word yoga has its origins in the word yuj, meaning "to join."

Do Not Talk During the Yoga Class!

Even though Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones chatted their way during yoga session, being quiet will help focus the mind on the yoga pose and advices from the instructor. As the teacher walks through the room checking the yoga postures of beginners, it's allowed to ask some questions, however, one should save questions that need a long answer for the end of session.

Do Not Rush through Yoga Poses!

Challenge is imperative for improvement in yoga, however, the changes one makes have to be controlled and smooth in order to be beneficial. By not rushing to follow the instructions a brand new yogi will benefit from the instructor's demonstration and other classmates.

Also as you notice what other students are doing in class, focus on your abilities and not those of your neighbor. Everyone starts yoga with widely different levels of strength, stamina, and flexibility. Those who are extremely flexible may not be very strong. Reflect on what your strengths are, and not what the strengths are of others.

Keep Breathing!

When an asana feels hard, one should remember to breathe. Yoga isn't about pain, but peace. It brings all the parts together for a transcending moment of ecstasy and peacefulness. First sessions are a good opportunity to learn many new things about this form of exercise. One should pay attention to his or her body. If certain pose causes pain it is important to ease off and ask the teacher for advice.

Stay Positive!

Perhaps the most important thing is to keep an open mind. Yogis learn very quickly in life that saying "I cannot do this" is just an excuse not to try. It makes it easy to give up. A lot of postures can be modified to a beginner level. Therefore, it is important to remember that the most challenging version of the pose is not the only option.

When yoga session is all over, one should thank the instructor and ask any questions about the yoga postures from the session.

Last but not least, one should ensure to take a schedule for the class in order to book his or her second class.


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