If you find you are interested in practicing yoga but new to yoga, this post looks at introducing basic yoga beginners guide, because it would be great to understand the basics of yoga.
Yoga is basically a practical philosophy and not a religion. It does not require allegiance to any particular system or belief either.
The word ‘yoga’ originated from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” which means to join, yoke, or unite. Yoga is a traditional Indian philosophy that involves the integration of the physical and spiritual in order to achieve a sense of well-being.
This synthesis and inseparability of the body and mind lead to a greater connection to a person’s own consciousness and the universal consciousness.
In the practice of yoga, the body is linked to the movement, mind, and breath to bring about a feeling of balance, relaxation, and harmony.
The yoga practitioner uses the physical self or body to refine the mind. It is through this training of the body and thought that you are taught to awaken every cell of your self and your soul.
Ancient people, who practiced yoga, believed in the fact that in order to achieve internal peace, a person must integrate and unite his mind, body, and spirit. Without this union, a person can never achieve internal peace.
This is a very dense and difficult process to unite all three of the above because you need extraordinary control over your emotions, intelligence, and actions.
Yogis developed some easy ways to achieve a balance between intelligence, emotions, and actions and this balance was dependent upon three basic things that were exercise, breathing, and meditation. These three things are thought to be the pillars of yoga
The human body is treated with lots of respect and care in yoga and this allows the yoga exercises to be very friendly and calming for body structure. Once you start practicing these exercises, then, you will see that there is no twist in these exercises and they are very basic poses that are formulated by yogis to develop peace within the body structure.
Breathing techniques were included in this process because breathing is the source of life and when your source of life is out of order then, how can you expect to have harmony and order in your life.
Breathing techniques help a person to gain control over his whole body and his whole internal system as well. These techniques are a little difficult to learn but yoga is all about practice and you can learn them by regular practice easily.
Meditation is another thing that combines effectively with yoga practice but there is some misconception involved in this technique and people think that their mind has to go blank for meditation.
This is not the case because meditation when it’s done correctly, allows you to think more clearly and it harmonizes your thoughts and actions.
Most people become hesitant and say that they have never done any stretching exercises and they cannot learn the difficult yoga poses. But yoga is for everyone who wants peace and harmony in their life.
There is nothing that is made or designed for specific people, rather we all have various capabilities and everyone at all levels of these capabilities can practice and master yoga.
You just need to concentrate on the necessary skills and integrate them into your life in such a way that they become a good habit. There is a saying that you should make yoga such an important part of your life that you may forget to eat but you should never forget to practice yoga.
Regular yoga practice is effective and empowering. The first thing which yoga will give you will be a great looking and healthy body. This is what most people want and after that levels of breathing techniques and meditation develop.
If you are planning to start the practice of yoga then, you must know about certain things and in fact, if you say more precisely then, there are 6 major things which you must know. These things are listed below and read them carefully for the proper implementation of yoga exercises and techniques.
1. Check Your Physical Health Status
This is the basic thing to know about your physical ability. When you start yoga practice it should be gentle if you are a beginner and not be very tough. This ensures that anyone can execute it the asanas perfectly but as the time passes and you advance in these asanas, they will continue to become much harder.
In order to adopt yoga properly, it is important that as a beginner you should make sure that you have a physical checkup done by your General Practitioner or Doctor before you start a yoga practice.
During your physical checkup, if you find out that you have a certain disorder or weakness in some muscle then, you can change your routine accordingly.
Make sure that you do not execute any intermediate of advanced techniques that you obviously will find difficult to do as a beginner.
2. Concentrate On Yourself
When you join certain yoga learning classes then, you will come across a wide range of people and some of them will be way ahead of you in practicing yoga but this should not discourage you from your cause.
Instead, take these classes as personal development areas where everyone is responsible for him or herself.
If someone is ahead of you then, this means he or she has practiced more than you and not because he or she is better than you.
So, you should concentrate on yourself and make sure that you are on the right path.
3. Focus Your Mind On Physical As Well As Mental Exercises
Some people have this misconception that yoga is all about physical exercise but this is not entirely true because yoga is about practicing mental exercises as well.
You will always have to prepare yourself for that and believe in the fact that yoga is about 50 percent physical and 50 percent mental stamina.
It is to create harmony between your mind and your body. This harmony will need some struggle and hard work to be achieved.
4. Choosing Appropriate Yoga Class
There are different techniques available for executing yoga and you need to select one which suits your mood. There are techniques like breathing techniques, mental exercises and even in some cases, laughing is also used to increase strength.
You should do your research about all these techniques and select the one which you think is most interesting for you and you will do it from your heart. Never choose your yoga technique by looking at your friend because he or she may have different interests and this can lead to discouragement.
5. Commitment is Important
Commitment is important when you practice yoga.
Like any other exercise plan, if you keep on changing the technique or you keep missing the classes then, it will disturb your whole schedule and instead of giving you relief and relaxation, this may lead to an unbalanced physical level which can be dangerous.
In order to gain the most advantage out of yoga, you need to be very consistent about your approach to your yoga practice.
6. Find Pleasure and Fun in Yoga Classes
This is most one of the most crucial things for making your yoga practice fruitful and effective. You need to enjoy your yoga classes instead of taking them as a burden and forcing yourself to practice. You should have a fun attitude and you should practice mentally looking forward to your yoga classes. This approach can change the whole effect of yoga practice and you will see the results by adopting this approach.
If you are new to yoga and you do not know how or where to start, I hope you find this simple guide helpful.
We have not introduced or discussed any poses or asanas for beginners at this stage of starting yoga.
This is because I believe it would be great for readers to understand the basics of yoga and approach this as an introduction to yoga for beginners and those new to yoga as already mentioned earlier in this post.
Also as mentioned earlier, it is important to discuss your plans to start practicing yoga with your health practitioner and get a proper assessment of the status of your health and well being.
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