Yoga For Beginners How To Take Those First Steps Into Yoga

Yoga is​ all around us these days. From Sting to​ Madonna,​ to​ maybe even your next door neighbor,​ everyone is​ hooked upon this fitness craze and with good cause. as​ a​ form of​ physical exercise,​ Yoga indeed is​ a​ force to​ be reckoned with. But just how can one go about using yoga for beginners? it​ is​ my hope that as​ a​ Yoga practitioner and enthusiast,​ this article will be of​ assistance in​ this regard.

If you have been considering learning yoga or​ have recently begun a​ yoga practice,​ I hope to​ provide you with some useful and helpful tips in​ which may be helpful to​ you in​ using yoga for beginners.

I have been doing Yoga for quite some time now,​ 6 years to​ be exact and since the​ first day I swore of​ free-weights and exercise machines,​ my use of​ Yoga and other body weight exercises like Hindu-Push ups (in my honest opinion a​ Yoga derivative) has been the​ main method for keeping fit. (in addition-of course- to​ my diet which co-incidentally changed when I started Yoga as​ a​ beginner those 6 years back.)

I will now enumerate the​ yoga poses to​ be learned as​ a​ starter which can aid or​ supplement your knowledge from your yoga classes,​ books and or​ DVD’s.

Yoga for Beginners: Yoga Poses to​ Learn first.

The Sun Salutations: Okay,​ this is​ the​ core of​ Yoga itself. This exercise is​ a​ combination of​ Yoga Poses,​ Breathing exercise,​ Sun Bathing and Prayer. it​ is​ the​ warm-up of​ a​ yoga class or​ personal yoga session and is​ a​ combination of​ poses,​ 12 to​ be exact,​ that are performed in​ a​ synchronized motion with emphasis on​ rhythmic breathing. They mildly exercise the​ arms and legs and are often recommended for obesity,​ depression and fitness. Friends,​ several Martial Artists,​ Indian and African Wrestlers perform tons of​ rounds of​ these exercises alone,​ so in​ learning yoga,​ for beginners,​ this will be a​ guaranteed must-know.

The Shoulder Stand: Don’t be intimidated by the​ name at​ all. Even for a​ beginner,​ this yoga pose is​ a​ piece of​ cake,​ really. it​ is​ actually a​ very important pose though,​ arguably the​ most important as​ its Sanskrit name (Savangasana) actually means the​ “all members” or​ “all limbs” pose,​ meaning it​ affects all parts of​ the​ body. as​ a​ beginner,​ be aware that some poses (such as​ this one) do have specific counter poses,​ so if​ you’re taking a​ Yoga for beginner class or​ learning from a​ DVD,​ make sure you are taught these poses to​ counter-act and balance the​ effects of​ the​ Shoulder-stand pose on​ the​ body,​ these are the​ Bridge and fish poses. Here’s a​ hint or​ ratio to​ adhere to​ in​ their combined execution: 6:1:2 ,​ meaning the​ ‘bridge’ and ‘fish’ poses should be held for a​ sixth and third of​ the​ time you spend in​ the​ Shoulder-stand Pose respectively.

The Corpse Pose: You’ve got to​ learn this Yoga Pose as​ a​ beginner. it​ is​ the​ relaxation pose that is​ usually executed during and after your session as​ a​ means of​ relaxing the​ muscles used for your yoga exercise. at​ the​ end of​ a​ session,​ it​ is​ usually done for about 15 minutes and one always comes out feeling refreshed after its execution.

Arguably,​ these are the​ 3 main poses you have to​ lay emphasis on​ in​ learning yoga for a​ beginner,​ but there are other poses that should be included as​ you go further. They are

1. the​ forward Bending exercises: Head to​ Knee pose,​ Plough Pose and Wind reliving pose

2. the​ Back Bending Exercises: the​ Bow,​ Inclined Plane and Wheel Poses.

3. the​ Spinal Twists

4. the​ Balancing Exercises: the​ Peacock,​ Crow,​ Side Plank and 4-limbed staff Poses

5. the​ Exercises in​ Sitting and Standing Positions

6. the​ Abdominal and Breathing Exercises.

Each of​ these groups has several variations on​ the​ root poses; however,​ let me tell you a​ secret that would go a​ long way in​ aiding you as​ a​ beginner learning Yoga. Do at​ least 24 round of​ the​ previously mentioned Sun Salutations and the​ ease in​ executing these poses will come almost naturally. Trust me.

There are several styles of​ Yoga to​ pick from and in​ seeking the​ right style of​ Yoga for a​ beginner; it​ might be quite difficult to​ pick the​ best. However,​ since Iyengar Yoga seems to​ involve a​ lot of​ props that can aid till flexibility is​ re-gained or​ enhanced,​ it​ may be one of​ the​ easier choices to​ pick. Kripalu and Bikram Yoga may also be quite easy to​ pick up as​ well as​ a​ beginner.

To find the​ best yoga for beginner class around you,​ you can always check your local YMCA or​ YWCA branches as​ they almost always carry information on​ Yoga classes for all stages: from beginner to​ intermediate.

One other factor that I must stress is​ the​ need to​ also pick up a​ Yoga diet for health and aiding these poses to​ both strengthen and detoxify you. This will-as a​ result of​ the​ symbiotic relationship that exists between Yoga and a​ proper diet-speed up an​ increase in​ fitness,​ weight loss,​ focus and the​ ability to​ execute these poses easily.

Though Yoga for beginners may best be learned from a​ certified instructor,​ your own practice will remain paramount for your mastery of​ this form of​ physical culture and there are tons of​ books and DVD’s to​ help in​ regards to​ this. Moreover,​ keep in​ mind that as​ a​ beginner doing yoga,​ not unless you intend to​ do lots of​ Sun Salutations as​ mentioned above,​ you may still want to​ incorporate some body-weight resistance poses (that co-incidentally are still Yogic in​ origin) such as​ the​ Hindu-Push-ups and Squats and the​ Bridge (now this is​ and the​ first one are basically Yoga poses in​ motion friends...).

This combination will see that till you have mastered the​ use of​ Yoga poses to​ make a​ complete session,​ you are still burning up enough calories and exercising the​ muscles for both weight loss and fitness.

Doing Yoga is​ fun,​ exhilarating and extremely rewarding for lots of​ reasons that may have already got you researching about it,​ so needless to​ say,​ choosing this exercise,​ even as​ a​ beginner,​ will go a​ long way into making for a​ fitter and healthier you.

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