Yoga is an ancient, timeless practice. If you are looking to begin yoga with a solid foundation, Yoga for Dummies is for you. Yoga for Dummies is an easy, safe, and enjoyable way to start your journey toward good health and well being.
Take it easy: While there may be tons to learn and discover in the world of yoga, we recommend to start simple and not let yourself be overwhelmed. If you can’t touch your toe or have prior experience, it is not a problem. Yoga isn’t about touching your toe; it is about being mindful of your breath and each movement you make. So if you’re not flexible or you have love handles you hate, remove all those myths! The best way to practice yoga is to be yourself. Your journey will be enjoyable and relaxing that way.
Learn from an expert: It is best to start learning yoga with under supervision of an experienced yoga teacher who can teach you the correct way of doing each movement. It is critical to learning proper yoga and start small to avoid possible injuries. It is a good idea to keep an open mind, but you need to be aware of your restrictions as well.
Start with a brief meditation and intention: Set the tone right before you hit the mat. Sit in an easy pose and take a few moments to ground and focus. You may also want to set a goal and an intention for your practice at the beginning.
Learn how to breath: Breathing is the most important thing in yoga, especially when holding a pose. We use breathing as the reference point. Breath in and out through the nose into the belly. When it’s light and long, the muscles start to relax. When it’s uneven, it means you over-exert. You can go over your comfort zone to keep yoga interesting and will add a challenge as you adopt new poses.
Use basic level positions: Start with warm-up sequences to get your body ready for the upcoming poses. Then try basic yoga sequences and just simple postures like a cat, dog, down dog, child, mountain, cobra, triangle, etc. Slow and steady yoga movement wins. Do as much as you are comfortable and then stretch a bit more (to increase the flexibility).
Every pose is unique, just like you: So stop comparing yourself to other people while practicing. We are unique in our body type and fitness levels. Therefore, don’t over exert yourself because you feel pressured. You just need a little more time to get there.
End with Shavasana (relaxing pose): It’s a good idea always to end of Shavasana. Shavasana is an act of resting your back and mindfully relax your body for 5-15 minutes. It will completely relax both your mind and body. When you finish your yoga practice, don’t be in a hurry and start moving around.
Smile: Enjoy yoga! It will help you keep motivated and committed. Keep a gentle smile while you practice and see the difference in yourself.
If you feel awkward for the first few times, it’s normal. Just like any other disciplines, it will pass with time and practice. So give yourself time and lots of patience. The rewards of consistent practice will be revealed to you in ways you could not imagine before.